Cam­mish penalty gives Zam­par­elli win

Motor Sport News - - BTCC Report: Brands Hatch - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish By Alex Kalin­auckas

It took 13 races for Dan Cam­mish to be beaten by Dino Zam­par­elli last year, as he dom­i­nated the se­ries. This time he was de­feated in the very first out­ing, al­beit in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances.

The Red­line driver had crossed the line first but a five-sec­ond track lim­its penalty dropped him be­hind GT Mar­ques racer Zam­par­elli, who had hounded him through­out the race.

“I don’t know what to make of that,” said the sur­prised vic­tor. “I was try­ing to put pres­sure on him but he did a re­ally good job.”

Cam­mish had safely ne­go­ti­ated the lapped traf­fic but push­ing the track bound­aries cost him dear, while Tom Sharp was five sec­onds fur­ther back in third.

Nor­mal ser­vice was re­stored in the sec­ond race as Cam­mish re­turned to the top step of the podium. A clash with a Pro-am2 driver didn’t halt his progress and he man­aged to build a larger gap over Zam­par­elli this time.

But all eyes were on the bat­tle be­hind as there was a tremen­dous fight for third. Ini­tially Stephen Jel­ley had the ad­van­tage but Tom Sharp tried his best to usurp him. Their tus­sling al­lowed Tom Oliphant to pounce as he snuck ahead of a de­layed Sharp into Clear­ways on lap eight.

De­spite Oliphant’s best ef­forts, Jel­ley held third with Oliphant, Sharp and Char­lie East­wood all less than a sec­ond be­hind at the fin­ish.

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