ZAMPARELLI MAKES JTR PORSCHE SWITCH

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Porsche Car­rera Cup GB charger Dino Zamparelli hopes that join­ing Nick Tandy’s JTR team can give him the edge needed to over­haul se­ries dominator Dan Cam­mish this year.

Bris­tol-based Zamparelli be­came the sec­ond driver to join JTR’S new Car­rera Cup GB at­tack last week. The 24-year-old joins Lewis Plato, who is al­ready con­firmed at the team.

Zamparelli was dou­ble cham­pion Cam­mish’s big­gest ri­val last sea­son, tak­ing three race wins and fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the points be­hind Cam­mish. Zamparelli joined the Car­erra Cup after switch­ing from GP3 in 2015. He has won ti­tles in Ginetta Ju­niors and For­mula Re­nault.

“This year is a big one for me as I have to go and take the fight to Dan, and with JTR and Nick [Tandy] be­hind me I truly be­lieve we can win it this year,” said Zamparelli.

“Last year I started the sea­son well but we had an un­di­ag­nosed is­sue with the car that meant the sec­ond half of the sea­son just sort of fell apart for me, and that cost me badly.

“I’ve worked with Nick be­fore. He gave me some tips in 2015 just be­fore I joined the GT Mar­ques team and I went on to take my first win right after.

“Nick knows these cars so well, and he’s a Le Mans win­ner, so his ex­pe­ri­ence will be in­valu­able for my third year in Porsches.”

Tandy added: “With Dino on­board for this year I know I have two driv­ers who are ca­pa­ble of fight­ing for the ti­tle with JTR. Lewis has been hugely im­pres­sive in test­ing with us, and if he can bring that speed and con­sis­tency then he’ll be right at the front.

“Dino has that bit more ex­pe­ri­ence in the cham­pi­onship, and he needs a big year. He’s a top tal­ent and I’ll work with both driv­ers to help them get the best out of the cars.

“As JTR, we’re not start­ing this year from scratch. I’ve worked for years with the Porsche fac­tory to de­velop these cars, so I know how to make them go fast. We want to fight for the cham­pi­onship.”

Zamparelli will race for JTR

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