Dan Cammish made a triumphant return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill, claiming pole position for round ten of the championship as the reigning double champion aims to reassert his hold on the points table. This follows a meeting’s absence for the 2013 Formula Ford GB champion, who elected to compete in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup at the Hungaroring instead of protecting his GB points lead at Snetterton.
Porsche Scholar, Cammish’s Redline Racing team-mate and championship leader, Charlie Eastwood would claim pole position for race two. The duo split the front row spoils exclusively this weekend.
Despite heading the time sheets early in the session, on a damp off the racing line but fundamentally dry circuit, Tom Oliphant (Redline) would have to be content with splitting the second row positions with former GP3 racer Dino Zamparelli. JTR man Zamparelli claimed Nick Tandy’s team, new to sportscars in 2017, their first victory in the category at Snetterton and now is Eastwood’s nearest challenger in the title fight. Zamparelli third for race one, Oliphant fourth, with these positons alternating for the Sunday afternoon event.
Euan McKay was another to post a time good enough for pole earlier in the session, but would have to be content with a pair of fifth positions for Redline. Dan Mckay (Redline) and Zamparelli’s JTR stablemate Lewis Plato share sixth and seventh positions evenly, McKay D ahead for the first race and Plato for the second.
Cypriot Tio Ellinas’ first experience of the intricate one point three mile Scottish venue in the dry came during qualifying for JTR, having missed the Tuesday test. This considered, two eighth positions, within a quarter of a second of pole position for both races, can rightfully be considered a tremendous effort.
In2Racing locked out the fifth row of the grid, having attracted a second Pro in the form of former Ginetta star Jamie Orton. However, the team’s full term driver Tom Wrigley headed Orton in terms of both best and second best times and therefore is ahead on both round ten and eleven grid sheets. Ross Wylie rounds out the Pro contingent, eleventh for both races in his Slidesports machine.
Pro-Am1 features a truncated three car entry this weekend, and a pecking order of sorts is established across identical race one and race two grids. Alex Martin and Justin Sherwood lead the charge for Team Parker Racing, with John McCullagh readjusting to the Type 991 GT3 Cup and third in class for both events.
Ian Dockerill heads Pro-Am2 for both races in his Asset Advantage Racing machine, and out qualifying both Sherwood and former PA2 champion McCullagh on best times is an exceptionally noteworthy effort. Again the class order is mapped by identical race one and race two grids. Peter Kyle-Henney (In2Racing) in his sublimely liveried Sesanti backed car heads G-Cat Racing’s Thomas Jennings. David Fairbrother continues to gain experience for Slidesports, with Matt Telling (Welch Motorsport) and Rupert Martin completing the tenth and final row for both races.
A jumbled Pro order should make for a pair of thrillingly close races at a venue infamous for drama and at a pivotal point in the championship battle. Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 are likely to produce thrills in equal measure, and stable grids emphatically do not equal dull races. The rolling start event takes place at 10:50 on Sunday morning, with race two live on itv4 at 16:15. Full results for all of the TOCA categories competing at Knockhill this weekend can be found here.