Shake-Up At Croft: Zamparelli on Pole, Drama in Pro


Dino Zamparelli has capitalised on drama for championship leader Dan Cammish to make Croft his own on Saturday afternoon, taking a dominant double pole-position.

Apparent mechanical maladies hit the championship leader during the first half of the session and meant he consequently did not venture out for a second run. This left Zamparelli to return to the top of the pile for the first time since he claimed race victory in race one of 2016 at Brands Hatch.

Behind the GT Marques man it is Jonas Gelzinis who has returned to form for Juta Racing, in second on the grid for race one but a slightly disappointing sixth based on second best times.

Tom Sharp is second on the grid for race two in his IDL Racing machine and third for race one, the form he has shown beginning to look as if it may deliver the big results he deserves this weekend. Issues also hit Tom Oliphant’s Redline Racing car yet he starts fourth on the grid for race one and third for race two. His teammate Cammish meanwhile is mired in sixth and fifth for races one and two respectively.

Bradley Ellis has been a surprise addition for Team Parker Racing this weekend and eighth on the grid for race one coupled with seventh for race two is a mild disappointment based on his Friday practice pace.

Euan McKay and Dan McKay lock-out the Pro-Am1 front-row for both races, for the first it is Sean Hudspeth’s Parr Motorsport machine in third and Justin Sherwood’s Team Parker Racing car has that honour for race two.

Finally, the Pro-Am2 top-three order is Tautvydas Barstys (Juta), Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr) and Ian Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) for the opening thrash before Dockerill is replaced in third on the grid by Mark Radcliffe and his Intersport operated car for race two.

You are always supposed to expect the unexpected in motor sport. Yet the shake-up in the Pro classification at Croft has added a spectacular dynamic that is sure to bring excitement and drama to Sunday’s two races and both, fans unable to attend will be glad to hear, are live on itv4 at 12:42pm and then the finale at 04:19pm. Before the extensive mid-season break, it really does like the form book has been burnt-up and the championship has many a sting left in the tale.