CAMMISH TO SUPERCUP AND CARRERA CUP GB STEPHEN LICKORISH
“We’ll get to know how good Cammish is” ”
Two-time Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Dan Cammish will move up to the Porsche Supercup next season, as part of a dual campaign alongside racing in the British category.
The 27-year-old will race for the frontrunning Lechner team in the Formula 1-supporting category next year. The team has won six of the last seven Supercup titles and Cammish has been targeting a move to the series for the past two seasons.
“This is massive, it’s the biggest opportunity of my career,” said Cammish. “It’s quite amazing to think a couple of years ago I was close to being out of the sport – I didn’t know where to move to next and thought about retiring altogether. Then I got picked up by Tim Harvey and my career started then really.
“I tried to get in the Supercup last year but couldn’t get the budget. This year I just focused on getting into the touring car arena and had some opportunities with big teams but it wasn’t going to happen for me. I picked up the phone for Walter [Lechner] and he said ‘if you can get me this kind of budget, I will get you in’. So I worked on putting a deal together and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Cammish is under no illusion of how big the challenge is and that learning the tracks will be a tough task, but is aiming to take another title for the Lechner squad.
“I’m going there to win but I’m open and realistic about it,” he said. “It’s the biggest challenge I will have faced – it’s at a level that’s extremely high.”
Cammish will also attempt to make Carrera Cup GB history next year by becoming the first driver to take three titles in the series. He will again drive for the Redline Racing team, but with a potential clash between the Snetterton rounds and the German Supercup event, it will be a challenge.
“I’ve won it the last couple of years not needing the last round but it’s different knowing you’ve got to have a lead,” said Cammish. “They [Redline] are such a great team – I feel part of the furniture now. I’ve got the same mechanic and the same engineer so I have some good continuity there and I’m sure we’re going to have a great season together.”
Niall Murray is targeting a place in USF2000 next year, regardless of whether he wins the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout next week.
The Irish driver has had a dominant season in the UK, winning the BRSCC FF1600 National title, the Walter Hayes Trophy, Formula Ford Festival and the Martin Donnelly Trophy crowns.
After winning the national title, Murray was automatically entered into the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout, the winner of which will receive £160,000 towards a season in USF2000.
“I plan to try and do USF2000 in 2017 regardless of what happens,” said Murray. “It will be a lot more difficult if I don’t win it, we’ve talked with some teams and they’ve approached me after seeing some of the results this year. [Even] if I don’t win, I have plans in place to try and get the money.”
There are two British drivers heading to the shootout at Laguna Seca near San Francisco. Oliver White won last week’s Superseries Shootout at izone, while Neil Maclennan gains an entry after winning the Scottish Formula Ford championship.
The Road to Indy Shootout takes place over two days, next Tuesday and Wednesday.