Dino Zamparelli emerged as the victor of the opening round of the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, after a controversial conclusion to the first race of this season.
Dan Cammish (Redline Racing) controlled the race over its thirty-two lap duration but was awarded a five second penalty for exceeding track-limits one too many times. Whilst the decision was generally derided, the history books will show Cammish fell just over half a second short of success.
Zamparelli and GT Marques performed impeccably. Trailing Cammish the whole distance, this was an encouraging opening round for the ex-GP3 man.
Behind Tom Sharp (IDL Racing) and Charlie Eastwood (Redline) were both smiling, after an intense and crowd pleasing dice for third. Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) blew his second row start and ended the race a respectable seventh.
Newly promoted Pro-Am1 driver John McCullagh took class honours first time out for Redline, besting Euan McKay (similarly promoted for In2Racing) and Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing), the latter the only podium sitter who was in the class on media day!
Tautvydas Barstys gave Juta Racing something to smile about with a class victory, besting Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and Ian Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing). Pro-Am2 enjoyed a hard, fair and clean race with all of the contenders making it to the chequered flag.
An early race safety-car was brought out when Dan McKay (In2Racing) and Alessandro Latif (GT Marques) were caught up together. Little did they know that the fluid spilt in this incident, adding to an already greasy track from overnight rain, would cause issues for the race leaders. Conditions were not conducive with remaining inside track-limits and thus Cammish felt somewhat aggrieved at his penalty.
To race two…