2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Snetterton race report

There seems to be no stopping Daniel Cammish’s march towards the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB title after the 26-year-old racer from Leeds took another brace of victories, this time at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.

Cammish, who won both races at the season-opening Brands Hatch round and both races last time out at Croft, dominated proceedings from the word ‘go’, securing pole position for both of the 14-lap races.

At his home circuit, reigning champion (and Total 911 columnist) Josh Webster would join Cammish on the front row for the two encounters. However, under sunny skies, the Team Parker Racing driver couldn’t overcome his title rival.

2014 champion, Josh Webster kept his title hopes alive, taking a second and a fourth at his home circuit.
2014 champion, Josh Webster kept his title hopes alive, taking a second and a fourth at his home circuit.

In race one, Cammish immediately escaped on the first lap building up a 1.8-second advantage that always kept Webster at arms length throughout the duration.

Whatever Webster tried, he could never get close enough to make a move, leaving Cammish to eventually take the chequered flag 1.495-seconds ahead (with the latter also just snatching the fastest lap too).

Behind, Michael Meadows had to battle passed IDL Racing’s Tom Sharp to take his seventh podium of 2015. The double Carrera Cup GB champion started from fourth but found a way through on lap five to keep his slim title hopes alive.

Michael Meadows returned to the Carrera Cup GB podium with a brace of third places.
Michael Meadows returned to the Carrera Cup GB podium with a brace of third places.

If you only look at the results sheet, the second race once again seemed to feature another easy victory for Cammish, yet the reality was anything but after an early challenge from Sharp.

At the rolling start, both Sharp and Meadows seemed to accelerate early, allowing them to jump ahead of Webster on the run into Riches on the first lap. Sharp immediately latched onto Cammish, while Meadows was a couple of seconds further back, fending off the attentions of his 2014 teammate.

However, by lap three, the pressure on Cammish relented as Meadows and Webster closed up the rear wing of Sharp’s Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car, allowing the championship leader to escape to an eventual 3.1-second victory and creating an entertaining scrap for the remaining podium positions.

Since a wildcard appearance in the Porsche Supercup at Silverstone, Tom Sharp's performances have noticeably improved, taking his first Carrera Cup podium in race two.
Since a wildcard appearance in the Porsche Supercup at Silverstone, Tom Sharp’s performances have noticeably improved, taking his first Carrera Cup podium in race two.

Around the 2.97-mile Snetterton ‘300’ layout (with its many consecutive corners), the positions never changed but the three drivers were never separated by much with both Meadows and Webster looking faster than Sharp at points.

Sharp’s second place was his first Carrera Cup GB podium, while an eighth trophy of the year for Meadows sees the Samsung SUHD TV Racing driver leave Snetterton 15 points away from second place in the championship standings.

With an eighth win, Cammish extended his points lead over Webster to 53 points (more than a full weekend’s haul) meaning that, at this rate, the Leeds driver could well wrap up the title before the final round in October.

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With wins seven and eight now in the bag, Cammish had every right to smile at Snetterton as he extended his championship lead.
With wins seven and eight now in the bag, Cammish had every right to smile at Snetterton as he extended his championship lead.

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