Cammish regains championship lead as he avoids Oulton Park chaos


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Dan Cammish regained control of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship as he completed another clean sweep, taking two pole positions, two fastest laps and two wins at Oulton Park.

Heading in to the the weekend Charlie Eastwood headed the championship but he was only able to manage seventh and third places, dropping him out of first place.

Qualifying saw Cammish time his final run perfectly as the water cleared from the Cheshire circuit to secure his twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth pole positions in the series.

Heavy rain just before the start of the qualifying session threatened to delay things but the 21-competitor field headed out on track as planned. Cammish and Jamie Orton traded provision pole early in the session as the rain cleared and the circuit dried out. Eastwood set the fastest time just ahead of Cammish and Lewis Plato before the session was red flagged for a stranded Orton to be recovered.

On the restart Zamparelli stormed to the top of the time sheets ahead of Plato and Tio Ellinas. Tom Wrigley moved in to second place to break up the JTR 1-2-3 before Cammish displaced him. Ellinas wasn’t ready to let things dropped and fired back to close the gap to pole position to 0.115 seconds behind Zamparelli.

As the session came to a close Cammish and Eastwood headed out for a final time with a fresh set of wet tyres so they could make the most of the improving on-track grip. Cammish soon dropped below the 1 minute 30 second barrier to secure the fastest time ahead of Zamparelli in both races, as Eastwood and Ellinas shared third places for round five and six.

Further down the field Ross Wylie secured his best start of the season so far as he came home in sixth place.

Pro-Am1 saw Alex Martin take the Team Parker Racing car to a class pole position, despite the efforts of Justin Sherwood who held the upper hand throughout the session.

Shamus Jennings led the way in Pro-Am2 before Peter Kyle-Henney and David Fairbrother shared pole positions for the two races.

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Round Five – Red Flags and Restarts

The annual visit to Oulton Park usually brings excitement and incidents throughout the field and this weekend was no different as the first race was red flagged at the first corner, sending nine cars in to retirement.

Cammish led the field away with Zamparelli on the rolling start but a clash further back saw Ellinas facing the wrong way in an oncoming field of cars. The incident would see Ellinas, Wrigley, Orton, Martin, Sherwood , Peter Jennings, David Fairbrother, Matt Telling and Rupert Martin all unable take the restart.

The only Pro-Am1 competitor to escape the chaos was Graeme Mundy who managed to get his car back to the pits for emergency repairs; Mundy would start from the pitlane as the race restarted.

On the restart Cammish headed the field as Zamparelli and Eastwood battled each other, the result of the battle saw Eastwood spinning on the grass and Zamparelli later being penalised two championship points for his part in the incident.

Over the course of the race Cammish pulled out a 3.2 second gap over Zamparelli with Oliphant tried to hold off Plato for third place. Plato impressed as he worked his way up from eighth place on the grid and by lap 15 was challenging for a podium position. Plato would hold his nerve as he attempted a move around the outside of Old Hall and one lap later moved to the inside to set himself up for a battle in to cascades, in which he would be the victor.

Dan McKay drove a strong race to secure fifth place while Ross Wyllie finished as top rookie in sixth place. Eastwood cam home in seventh to minimise championship damage ahead of Euan McKay in eighth.

As the only competitor running in Pro-Am1, Mundy nursed his battered car around the track to take class victory and boost his championship hopes.

Peter Kyle-Henney won in Pro-Am2 ahead of Shamus Jennings, who pushed for the victory throughout the race, ultimately unable to challenge for the win as Kyle-Henney held him off. Iain Dockerill rounded out the podium.

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Round Six – Cammish domination

Race two saw both Tio Ellinas and Peter Jennings unable to start the race due to damange in the previous race. Cammish led the race from start to finish ahead of Zamparelli and Eastwood.

On lap 11 Eastwood had closed in on Zamparelli and if it wasn’t for a red flag after 11 laps, could have seen a different outcome.

Plato took another fourth place after starting from seventh, while Oliphant rounded out the top-five ahead of Euan and Dan McKay. Ross Wylie took the honours of top rookie once again with an eighth place finish.

Justin Sherwood took his first Pro-Am1 victory of the season, while Mundy took second place, moving him in to second place in the championship. Alex Martin would try to make it to the end but ultimately ended up in the pits with techincal issues.

Peter Kyle-Henney took his fourth win from as many starts this year, ahead of Shamus Jennings. David Fairbrother and Iain Dockerill battled for the final podium position throughout the race before contact between the two brought out the red flags. As a result of this, Rupert Martin took this third podium of the 2017 season.

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