2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Brands Hatch GP preview
This weekend, after 14 previous races, the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB comes to a close with two final encounters at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit (sometime host of the British Grand Prix in the Sixties and Seventies).
Last time out at Silverstone, Redline Racing’s Dan Cammish wrapped up the title with a round to spare having dominated proceedings so far in 2015, his first full year in the Carrera Cup GB.
The Leeds-based racer headed to Silverstone with ten wins in his pocket and, despite failing to add to that tally two weeks ago, Cammish secured the 2015 crown with two second place finishes at the home of British motorsport.
Redline Racing’s star driver hasn’t finished lower than second this season and he has fond memories of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix track. Last year, the 26-year-old made a wildcard appearance at the season finale in the Carrera Cup GB guest car, winning race one on his series debut.
Race two in 2014 did see Cammish finish off the podium though, giving his rivals some hope of beating the new champion this weekend. The caveat here is that Cammish was leading that race too until gambling in changeable conditions and pitting for wets, dropping him to an eventual fifth.
While the pressure is off Cammish this weekend, the battle for second in the points is very much going down to the wire as 2014 title protagonists, Michael Meadows and Total 911 columnist, Josh Webster battle it out for the runner-up spot.
Both drivers have taken one win apiece this year with Meadows currently enjoying a six-point advantage over Team Parker Racing’s Webster, the 2014 Carrera Cup GB champion.
Webster won on the road in race two at Silverstone only to be demoted behind Meadows after the two clashed on track while disputing the lead, giving the Samsung Racing driver some breathing room in the points table.
There is also a six-point gap between Tom Sharp and Dino Zamparelli, the two contenders for 2015’s £50,000 rookie prize pot. Sharp has been consistently impressive in his debut year racing the 991 GT3 Cup car while Zamparelli has left it late to stake his claim on the prize fund.
After a switch to the GT Marques squad ahead of the last round, Zamparelli took his maiden Carrera Cup GB win in race one at Silverstone before topping the podium again in race two after Webster’s demotion.
If he can carry that good form to Brands Hatch this weekend, the Bristol-based racer is surely favourite to overhaul Sharp and snatch the £50,000 reward as best rookie.
Qualifying takes place at 12:05pm BST on Saturday before both 17-lap encounters on the Sunday. Race one starts at 10:35am before the season finale is flagged away at 4:17pm, live on ITV4 in the UK.
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