Cam­mish’s podium run brought to an end

Motor Sport News - - Btcc Report: Croft - By Tom Er­ring­ton

At Croft last year Dan Cam­mish’s dom­i­na­tion of the Porsche Car­rera Cup started in earnest, but a year later he failed to visit the podium in a race for the first time as Dino Zam­par­elli stormed to a brace of wins.

Cam­mish took a clean sweep of poles, fastest laps and race wins in 2015, but 2016 had Zam­par­elli put his name to the same ac­co­lades and nar­rowed Cam­mish’s cham­pi­onship lead to just three points.

“I knew we had to make a state­ment,” said Zam­par­elli. “It’s a piv­otal time with it be­ing the mid­point of the sea­son. Those two wins mean we’ve made up for lost ground and got in the mix.”

The GT Mar­ques driver’s charge be­gan as early as test­ing. A mis­take from Cam­mish dam­aged his split­ter, while Zam­par­elli set the af­ter­noon pace.

The par­al­lel of op­po­site for­tunes con­tin­ued in qual­i­fy­ing, with a gear­box is­sue sidelin­ing Cam­mish from set­ting a time higher than fifth and sixth best as his ri­val took dou­ble pole.

That top grid slot would prove key at Croft, as both races were filled with at­tri­tion on a cir­cuit with lit­tle over­tak­ing op­tions.

Zam­par­elli was able to hold his lead com­fort­ably through Cler­vaux and Hawthorn, set­ting him on his way to a pole-to -flag run for vic­tory ahead of Jonas Gelzi­nis and Stephen Jel­ley.

Be­hind him, Cam­mish had to con­tend with the mid­field and mus­tered sev­enth place.

Cam­mish could have seen his cham­pi­onship lead of 20 points be­fore the week­end slip away, but he re­sponded strongly in the fi­nale to re­tain a slen­der lead.

Once again, Zam­par­elli held his lead through the open­ing corners but, de­spite start­ing fifth, Cam­mish was able to pass Tom Sharp late on to take sec­ond but the move was too late to reel in and pass the leader.

“Sec­ond was a good way to end the week­end after a tough few days,” said Cam­mish.

“The first race was so dif­fi­cult, but in the sec­ond things went more my way. The im­por­tant thing is that I still hold the cham­pi­onship lead by three points.”

Porsche Car­rera Cup GB Zam­par­elli was dom­i­nant at Croft, tak­ing both vic­to­ries Cam­mish could only man­age sev­enth in opener

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