Come rain or shine, Cam­mish con­tin­ues to win

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Even with rain in free prac­tice, qual­i­fy­ing can­celled thanks to snow and two races held in vari­able con­di­tions, it proved im­pos­si­ble to break the pat­tern in the Porsche Car­rera Cup.

Just as in the Brands Hatch sea­son opener, Dan Cam­mish led home Dino Zam­par­elli in both races – the only dif­fer­ence was that the for­mer re­tained both of his wins hav­ing lost one at Brands for a track lim­its vi­o­la­tion.

By the time the first race got un­der­way, un­cer­tainty over whether to run slicks or wets had sub­sided and the track dried. Un­for­tu­nately for sec­ond-row starters Tom Sharp and Stephen Jel­ley, they had headed out for the rolling start on wets un­like the rest of the fron­trun­ners and opted to con­demn them­selves to a pit­lane launch by switch­ing to slicks.

That left the way clear for Cam­mish and Zam­par­elli to con­tinue their pri­vate bat­tle. Or rather, it should have done, had Zam­par­elli not got caught up in a scrap with Char­lie East­wood that cost time.

By the time he made East­wood de­fend into Stowe and then cut back in­side to take sec­ond, Cam­mish was over seven sec­onds to the good. There were a few mo­ments when it seemed Zam­par­elli might be able to close the gap, but thanks to his storm­ing early laps in tricky con­di­tions, Cam­mish al­ways had the race un­der con­trol.

Sharp and Jel­ley came through to seventh and eighth re­spec­tively, while Red­line Rac­ing’s Tom Oliphant re­cov­ered from spin­ning at the first cor­ner to take fifth be­hind Jonas Gelzinis.

It was a sim­i­lar story in race two, which was held in far warmer con­di­tions on Sun­day morn­ing. Cam­mish held the lead from pole but this time Zam­par­elli held on to sec­ond. For much of the race, Cam­mish’s ad­van­tage floated be­tween a sec­ond and a sec­ond-and-a-half but he was never se­ri­ously threat­ened even though the gap at the che­quered flag was just un­der seven-tenths of a sec­ond.

In­stead, the bat­tle for fourth be­hind East­wood was the star at­trac­tion. It was a slow burner, with Jel­ley lead­ing Sharp and Oliphant for much of the race. But it came to life in the fi­nal two laps, with Oliphant dis­patch­ing first Sharp and then Jel­ley af­ter run­ning wide out of Copse. Jel­ley then ran a lit­tle wide through Club and Sharp took fifth, be­com­ing fourth af­ter Oliphant re­ceieved a track lim­its penalty. Up front, Cam­mish’s re­sults give him a four-point cham­pi­onship lead over Zam­par­elli. But based on the four races held so far this sea­son, he’s very much look­ing like the fron­trun­ner in what is set to be a two-horse race for the ti­tle.

Reign­ing cham­pion Dan Cam­mish took a brace of wins ahead of Dino Zam­par­elli

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