Cammish penalty gives Zamparelli win
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.