Dan Cammish (Redline Racing) waltzed away from pole-position to dominate round six of the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park. Stephen Jelley (Team Parker Racing) was unable to provide resistance off the line and had to slide in behind Cammish for the duration of the race. The pair at the front of the field have been a cut above this weekend and in particular Jelley’s return to form has been a highlight. Cammish almost has the expectation of success but being able to deliver as he is, is an immensely notable effort.
Sliding off the road, was Charlie Eastwood and his Redline machine. A small mistake at the Hislop’s chicane whilst tailing the IDL Racing machine of Tom Sharp saw the scholar damage his splitter. He continued to finish fifth in a hobbled car, ahead of Sharp in eighth after the latter’s attempts to get past Lewis Plato‘s Redline machine for fourth on the penultimate lap cost him two spots.
Plato looked set for a first ever podium, until Dino Zamparelli’s GT Marques car was able to sneak through. The Pro battle was one of wits, with little wheel-to-wheel combat until the dying laps of explosive action.
By contrast there was drama and excitement in Pro-Am1. Euan McKay finished first in class for In2Racing but was overshadowed by his team-mate, Dan McKay, who recovered to stand upon the rostrum having been spat out of the pack on lap one. Sean Hudspeth claimed another class podium for Parr Motorsport.
Tautvydas Barstys led home a shuffled Pro-Am2 podium for Juta Racing. Thomas Jennings (G-Cat Racing) and Ian Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) completed the top-three but it was the absentees who require the word-count. Mark Radcliffe endured a scruffy race with multiple spins for Intersport, Rupert Martin’s beautifully liveried Parker entry was in the wars and Barrie Baxter ended the race in the barriers in his Redline machine. All part of the learning experience for the Gentleman racers, in cars that even the Pros were struggling to tame at times.
To Croft we head and perhaps towards the inevitable. Dan Cammish really does seem to be an unstoppable force in Carrera Cup GB 2016, as does the In2Racing McKay duo in Pro-Am1. Pro-Am2 is the only class yet to definitively shake-out, but Juta Racing’s Tautvydas Barstys is beginning to look the most consistent. So protagonists in line and plot-lines starting to emerge. Chapter four coming up and more dynamic Porsche racing action.