Dan Cammish is one of the biggest names returning to the TOCA package in 2015 and the British Formula Ford Championship victor of 2013 will surely turn heads in his Nationwide liveried and Redline Racing run Porsche Carrera Cup GB campaign.
TCF spoke to Dan at the Porsche Media Day at Silverstone last week about his hopes for the year ahead.
TCF: First and foremost, how important was the Brands Hatch GP meeting you contested in the Carrera Cup GB at the end of 2014, in terms of returning to the grid for a full season?
DC: “You read about people who get offered opportunities off the back of one moment, and that was my moment for sure. I’ve done well in the past but that was the tipping point, I wouldn’t be here on the grid this season without it.”
TCF: You have been victorious in 25 of your past 26 races on the TOCA package and you were consistently a popular figure with the fans trackside. Is there pressure to succeed this year?
DC: “The only pressure I have is what I put on myself, if I’m not fast enough then I hound myself until I am, that’s just the way it’s always been. It’s not an accident if I’m at the front of the grid, it’s because I’ve worked hard to get there. I know a lot of people want to see me do well, it’s great to have that support, and I want to do well, but all I can do is do my best.”
TCF: You’ve had a year’s Porsche experience under your belt having contested British GT in the GT4 classification last year. How beneficial has that been as you prepare for your Carrera Cup challenge?
DC: I’ve had a lot of time driving a sportscar which is beneficial. The Porsche I drove last year is basically a bad version of a 997, so I had to learn how to drive a Porsche quickly in one that handled terribly. Now I’m in a car that handles well, hopefully I can put the two together and go faster than anybody else. “
TCF: The entry list for this year is a huge in both quality and quantity. What are your thoughts about competing against such a talented field?
DC: “It’s a fantastic entry. It’s great for Porsche, it’s where the championship and the brand deserves to be, with the level of entries coming in and the competition on the grid. I think whoever comes out on top this year will really have done a great job and deserves to then go on to bigger and better things.”
TCF: What are your ambitions for the year ahead?
DC: “I’m here to win the title, as is every other pro driver in the championship, they’re all here to win and they’ve all got good pedigrees. “It’s going to be fast and furious at the front, but I think I’ve got as good a chance as anybody and I’m certainly going to work towards that goal of winning races and hopefully the title”
The strength and depth of the series this year is clear and the fact that Cammish is confident that he will be able to take the fight to the likes of ex- GP3 racer Dino Zamparelli and former series champions Josh Webster and Michael Meadows is a huge positive for his many fans.
With under a fortnight until lights out at Brands Hatch, the anticipation is at fever pitch for what is guaranteed to be one of the greatest years in the Carrera Cup GB’s illustrious history.
*Cammish was speaking to TCF’s Simon Paice at the official Porsche Carrera Cup GB Media Day*