Dan Cammish claimed another pair of pole-positions this afternoon as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB makes its annual visit to Scotland, the Redline Racing driver leading teammate Charlie Eastwood on both fastest and second fastest times during qualifying at Knockhill.
Whilst the story at the top is familiar, Alessandro Latif’s turn of pace this weekend has added a new dimension to the front of the order. Latif is third on the grid for both races, having previously struggled to break into the top six.
Perhaps the more significant dimension is his GT Marques teammate Dino Zamparelli’s relative lack of pace. Two seventh positions for the driver who was so dominant but two rounds ago at Croft, seem to have dashed any ambitions for a title tilt for the ex-GP3 racer. Or any hopes for a title fight in Carrera Cup GB 2016… Well at least in the Pro classification.
Tom Sharp is fourth on both grids in his IDL Racing machine, continuing the recent theme of nearly but not quite for the former Ginetta star. Lewis Plato and Tom Oliphant alternate fifth and sixth places for rounds eleven and twelve of the 2016 season, making it four Redline cars in the top six.
Euan McKay continues in his bid to demoralise the Pro-Am1 order for In2Racing. He is followed by brother Dan McKay and Parr Motorsport driver Sean Hudspeth on the timing sheets for both encounters. Pole-sitter Euan outpaced Pro drivers Stephen Jelley (Team Parker Racing) and Juta Racing’s Jonas Gelzinis to claim eighth based on second best times.
Mark Radcliffe is a double Pro-Am2 pole-sitter for Intersport and in both instances the same men in the same order occupy second and third in the class order. For the Gentleman’s classification it is Tautvydas Barstys and Juta, followed by Peter Kyle-Henney and Parr. Fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth overall.
Tomorrow’s two races look set to carry an extra significance in the tale of the 2016 title. Since the summer break the two men at the top of today’s time-sheets, Cammish and Eastwood, have had a slender but key margin over the rest of the order. A double-success tomorrow should put the former on course for a second successive title, and the latter for more key podium success which should enable him to secure his own title in the Rookie classification. Race one takes place at 10:15am with race two live on itv4 at 03:40pm.