2016 Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Knockhill race report
Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion, Dan Cammish took a big step towards retaining his title with a perfect points haul north of the border at the demanding Knockhill circuit, near Edinburgh.
Cammish, looking to become one of just three drivers to win two consecutive Carrera Cup GB titles, secured pole position for rounds 11 and 12 at the Scottish circuit before converting his grid slot into his eighth and ninth victories of the season.
Race one saw the Redline Racing driver get away cleanly in the lead from the rolling start, closely pursued by teammate (and 2016/17 Porsche Scholar) Charlie Eastwood.
The 21-year-old Irish racer kept his more experienced teammate honest throughout the 31-lap encounter but could never get much within a second of the rear wing of Cammish’s 991 GT3 Cup car, eventually settling for P2, two seconds behind the reigning champion.
Behind, Tom Sharp rounded off the podium having jumped passed Alessandro Latif at the start. The IDL Racing driver had to fend off the attention of Lewis Plato in the early stages before pulling away and securing fourth podium of 2016.
As Plato’s challenge faded, Stephen Jelley (having started eighth on the grid) was able to find a way through to take fourth as Cammish’s closest title rival, Dino Zamparelli could only finish sixth for the GT Marques squad.
At the front, race two followed a similar pattern as Cammish immediately worked out a small but comfortable lead over Eastwood before the Porsche Scholar was able to peg the gap back but never get truly on terms with his teammate.
As Cammish and Eastwood gave Redline Racing their fourth consecutive one-two of the season, Sharp was made to work for his second podium of the meeting by Tom Oliphant. The duo swapped positions incessantly, including twice on the final lap.
Zamparelli’s disappointing weekend concluded with another sixth place, giving Cammish a 44-point advantage in the title battle with four races left to run. The penultimate meeting of the year takes place at Silverstone on 17-18 September.
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