Porsche Carrera Cup GB stars at Le Mans

19 Jun 17

Daniel Cammish scored what was arguably his biggest career victory this past weekend (17/18 June) as he emerged victorious from a titanic Porsche Carrera Cup race at Le Mans.

In front of no less than 200,000 people at the infamous French venue, hours before the start of the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans, round seven of the one-make championship proved to be a classic.

On a grid made up of 61 entrants, the stars of the UK underlined their class as they battled some of the best drivers from around the world as the sun beamed down on the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Dino Zamparelli was the one who made the best start as the lights went out, hitting the front as Cammish found himself in strife, dropping to fifth.

Contact behind between Lewis Plato and Two Ellinas brought out the safety car early on giving Zamparelli early rest-bite. As the race resumed, the JTR driver fought off Porsche Carrera Cup France competitor Alessio Rovera.

Losing out in a slipstream battle on the Mulsanne straight, Zamparelli dropped to second whilst double champion Cammish clawed his way back up to the leaders and hit the front on lap four.

As the top four headed into the final lap, Tom Oliphant and Euan McKay showed their pace by running inside the top five whilst Charlie Eastwood was battling back following a lap one incident.

At the front, a slide for Cammish dropped him back to second with Zamparelli making it three for the lead. Heading into Indianapolis for the final time, Cammish produced a jaw-dropping move around the outside of Rovera, taking the lead and ultimately his 28th victory in the Carrera Cup GB.

Rovera and Zamparelli rounded out the overall podium whilst Zamparelli and Oliphant were the drivers to join Cammish on the rostrum for the final result in the UK category.

“It was amazing,” Cammish said. “It has been a great week and it’s a fantastic opportunity to be here and to race at such a historic circuit. The first lap was a bit of a bottleneck and I dropped to fifth but I was able to work my way back. There was a lot of pressure and it was almost impossible to break away.

“The tow was massive, Alessio [Rovera] never got close enough to get in front of me. He could get alongside, but didn’t have the extra bit until the last lap. I knew I could do it though.

“When I saw the chequered flag I was very relived. We’ve had three good weeks of racing but, with 60 cars here this weekend, it is very special. This is probably the best win of my career.”

Alex Martin emerged 16th overall and captured Pro-Am1 honours whilst Peter Kyle-Henney was the winner in Pro-Am2 virtue of his crossing the line in 31st.

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB returns in six weeks time at Snetterton on the final weekend of July. Cammish however will be forced to miss both races due to competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.