“We’ll get to know how good Cam­mish is” ”

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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.

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