Dan Cammish (Redline Racing) stormed to the first victory of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB on Sunday morning at Brands Hatch, as the new season got underway.
From pole-position Cammish had to negotiate an early safety-car period, before attempting to pull away from the rest of the field. Team-mate Charlie Eastwood had other ideas and hounded the double-champion for the race’s entire thirty-four lap duration. The margin at the chequered flag was a scant half-a-second.
Said initial safety-car was caused by an opening lap Paddock Hill contretemps. Jamie Orton (Redline) clipped the inside kerb and made contact with Ross Wylie’s SlideSports machine. Wylie’s car was then turned around in the midst of the twenty-two car field. Peter Kyle-Henney (In2Racing) took to the grass in brave avoidance but unfortunately Wylie’s car moved back across the circuit and clattered into Kyle-Henney. Both the rookie and the Pro-Am2 pole-sitter were ruled out of not just the race, but also the afternoon’s second encounter, due to the damage incurred in this one incident.
The rostrum was completed by Lewis Plato, who delivered his most complete performance to date in Carrera Cup GB and delivered JTR a podium on their category debut. A poor start demoted Dino Zamparelli, although a tussle with Redline man Tom Oliphant would entertain the audience. A slick move into Druids gave the Bristol-backed racer the advantage, before Oliphant regained and held fourth to the flag.
The now Redline based McKay double-act of Euan and Dan was once again inseparable on track, first blood going to Euan in 2017. Greg Caton capitalised on the demise of Orton and Wylie, and outpaced Tio Ellinas (JTR), to claim a noteworthy eighth overall and first in Pro-Am1 for G-Cat Racing. Alex Martin (Team Parker Racing) also featured meaning twenty-percent of the top ten was Pro-Am1, with Martin’s stablemate Justin Sherwood third in class and just outside this bubble.
Ian Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) maximised the demise of pole-sitter Kyle-Henney to take Pro-Am2 honours, chased closely by Thomas Jennings (G-Cat Racing). The duo were separated by less than half-a-second by the time the flag flew. Peter Parsons rounded out the class podium in his ‘The Car Loan Centre’ operated machine.
Tom Wrigley’s In2Racing debut showed pace and promise but a late race spin pitched him out of the race at the entry to Clearways.
So race one of fifteen, and as predicted pre-season, Dan Cammish has not gotten any slower. Charlie Eastwood and the chasing pack have edged notably closer though. It is is still advantage Cammish, but that advantage has never looked quite so under threat. Race two gets underway at 03:40pm.
Full event results for the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and TOCA Support Series weekend of the year can be found via this link: http://www.tsl-timing.com/event/171303