JEL­LEY’S WOBBLE DE­NIES HIM WIN

Trou­ble lap­ping team-mate gifts Cam­mish open­ing vic­tory

Motor Sport News - - Rounds - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Oul­ton Park was one of the few tracks Dan Cam­mish didn’t take a dou­ble win at last year. And without a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween Team Parker team-mates Stephen Jel­ley and Ru­pert Martin, he would’ve failed this year too.

The week­end started omi­nously for Cam­mish’s ri­vals as the Red­line driver se­cured a dou­ble pole. But for­mer Bri­tish Tour­ing Car driver Jel­ley had other ideas. He went round the out­side of Cam­mish at Old Hall from the rolling start and claimed the lead through Cas­cades.

Cam­mish was un­able to fight back un­til Jel­ley came across his Pro-am2 team-mate at the chi­cane on lap 12. Martin slowed but Jel­ley had al­ready com­mit­ted to the pass and was caught out, tak­ing to the grass. Cam­mish mean­while swept round the out­side to take the lead and win.

“I got a re­ally good start and the first cor­ner – I planned that and it worked per­fectly,” said Jel­ley. “I know it’s hard to over­take here so it was about be­ing con­sis­tent. Un­for­tu­nately there was a mis­un­der­stand­ing with the first car to be lapped.”

Jel­ley was de­nied a chance to hit back from the in­ci­dent when the race was red flagged af­ter Pro-am2 driver Peter Par­sons crashed at Is­land. Red­line’s Char­lie East­wood com­pleted the podium.

Cam­mish was able to keep the lead at the start of race two and soon pulled out a gap over Jel­ley, even­tu­ally win­ning by eight sec­onds.

“The key over the past two sea­sons has been my speed on those first cou­ple of laps – I dis­ap­peared,” said Cam­mish. “Satur­day’s win was sub­dued – he [Jel­ley] did a good job and he was go­ing to win the race for sure.”

Fur­ther back was Dino Zam­par­elli who rounded out the podium af­ter pass­ing Lewis Plato at Old Hall. It was a bright spot on a dif­fi­cult week­end for the driver who has been Cam­mish’s main chal­lenger this year.

“It was a dif­fi­cult week­end and a case of dam­age lim­i­ta­tion,” Plato ad­mit­ted. “It’s been a bat­tle all week­end and it was a lost op­por­tu­nity. We went the wrong way on setup as a team and didn’t test here be­fore.”

An­other driver hav­ing a tough time was Tom Sharp. The IDL racer fin­ished a lap down in the opener af­ter be­ing hit in the rear. But he was fight­ing Plato and Zam­par­elli in race two be­fore a mis­take at Lodge meant he ran wide and was shuf­fled down to eighth.

Euan Mckay was the star in Pro-am1, the In2rac­ing driver win­ning the class on both oc­ca­sions. Things were a lot closer in Pro-am2 with In­ter­sport’s Mark Rad­cliffe tri­umph­ing in the opener and Tautvy­das Barstys win­ning in race two.

Photos: Jakob Ebrey

Jel­ley got ahead of Cam­mish at start...

...but it was Cam­mish who scored

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