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or a brief mo­ment it looked like we had a real ti­tle bat­tle on our hands. Dom­i­nant reign­ing cham­pion Dan Cam­mish was un­der pres­sure. Head­ing into the long mid-sea­son break, Cam­mish’s ad­van­tage over Dino Zam­par­elli at the top of the stand­ings was just three points.

Then Cam­mish went and won seven of the next eight races to claim a com­fort­able sec­ond Car­rera Cup GB crown.

“At half­way we were happy, it was look­ing rosy and we were com­fort­able,” says Zam­par­elli. “Croft was a good turn­ing point. The first three rounds we didn’t nail it for pole po­si­tion but we put in some solid per­for­mances and had more fastest laps than Dan. Then every­thing came to­gether in those two races [at Croft] with two poles, two wins and two fastest laps.”

While Zam­par­elli demon­strated his full po­ten­tial in North York­shire, Cam­mish’s 22-race podium streak ended as it was a tough week­end for the Red­line driver.

His dif­fi­cult Croft meet­ing be­gan with an off in Fri­day prac­tice that put him sixth and meant he was re­leased from the pit­lane for qual­i­fy­ing fur­ther down the or­der than usual. He then had a sus­pected gear­box is­sue, which meant his early fly­ing lap – when traf­fic got in the way – left him sixth on the grid, be­fore end­ing up sev­enth in the open­ing race.

“It shows how small things have an im­pact,” Cam­mish says. “It woke me up a bit and I went on from there and went to a dif­fer­ent level and dom­i­nated all the way to Brands.”

He then took com­fort­able dou­ble wins at Snet­ter­ton, Knock­hill and Sil­ver­stone, se­cur­ing the ti­tle a meet­ing early.

“At the start of the year peo­ple said ‘you wouldn’t be able to do it again’ but if any­thing we had an even bet­ter year,” says Cam­mish. “To win 12 races out of 16 is quite an achieve­ment.”

As Cam­mish re­ally hit his stride, Zam­par­elli had a night­mare se­quence of re­sults. The GT Mar­ques racer failed to take an­other win and only took one more sec­ond place as he ended up a dis­tant run­ner-up in the points – 56 adrift of run­away cham­pion Cam­mish.

“From Croft on­wards we couldn’t find the form again,” ad­mits Zam­par­elli. “It was a case of I was flat out and couldn’t get any time out of the car and was de­fend­ing all the time in the races. I feel like we had an is­sue with the car but we couldn’t find it. The rear was un­sta­ble and with all the weight at the rear of the Porsche it should’ve been the most sta­ble. I did what I could with what I had.

“I had a re­ally good fight with Dan at the half­way point and we put him un­der a bit of pres­sure. We were robbed of a re­ally good bat­tle – my­self, him [Dan], every­one was robbed of a close bat­tle and that’s what was more frus­trat­ing re­ally.”

Zam­par­elli’s poor end to the sea­son meant his sec­ond place was un­der threat from star rookie Char­lie East­wood. The Porsche scholar im­proved through­out the year, claim­ing his maiden win in the Brands fi­nale, and ended up just nine points be­hind Zam­par­elli.

Cam­mish was un­stop­pable again Cam­mish

Tre­gurtha (below) had the con­sis­tency

Croft was turn­ing point for Zam­par­elli

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