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Porsche Carrera Snetterton15a– Cammish collects both winners’ trophies, takes a double pole and bags both fastest laps to extend points lead to 53 ahead of Webster
– Tom Sharp achieves first ever podium finish in second, whilst Meadows takes double podium to stay in the championship hunt
– Redline Racing’s Jordan Witt dominates the Pro-Am1 Class all weekend
– Tom Sharp named ‘Driver of the Weekend’ and IDL Racing receive the ‘Team of the Weekend’ awards

A hot and sunny Snetterton 300 Circuit played host to rounds 9 & 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship this weekend.

Providing the perfect environment for a grid of 22 flat-six rear-engine 911 GT3 Cup Cars, the 2.99mile circuit is the second longest racetrack in the UK and combines long straights with challenging turns.

Race One
It was another commanding display from Dan Cammish, as the Yorkshireman took a lights-to-flag victory in an exciting Race 1 at Snetterton. The Redline Racing driver made a clean getaway off the line, keeping his closest championship rival, Josh Webster, at bay through the first corner before the pair proceeded to pull away from the rest of the field. With clean air ahead, Cammish also notched up a new Race Lap Record for the circuit, posting a 1:52.546 on lap 7, whilst Webster (Team Parker) was left ruing a poor start.

“I didn’t have to defend from Josh on the opening lap which makes all the difference when you can drive your line rather than having to defend the gap, and then it was just a case of maintaining it” commented Cammish after the race.

However, there was plenty of wheel-to-wheel racing behind the top two to keep the gathered crowds entertained. Ryan Cullen (G-Cat Racing), Stephen Jelley (Team Parker) and Carrera Cup returnee and former Double Champion, James Sutton (Samsung SUHD TV Racing) were all involved in a three-car incident going into the Montreal Hairpin on lap 1. The collision left Sutton with a damaged front end and a DNF for the London-based driver.

The three-car incident gave Michael Meadows and Tom Sharp a clear track as they battled for third position and the final place on the podium. Sharp (IDL Racing) made a slight mistake at Williams, sending his 911 GT3 Cup Car sideways as the pair entered the Bentley Straight. Although the 24-year-old was able to recover control of the No. 10 car, the loss of momentum allowed Meadows (Samsung SUHD TV Racing) to get alongside and eventually claim the place on the inside at Brundle.

Meadows finished in third, but Tom Sharp didn’t make it easy, pressuring Meadows into a mistake on lap 7. The former Double-Champion out-braked himself at the end of the Bentley Straight and had to cut across the grass to recover.

“I started fourth, so to come away ahead of where you started is always is the aim” states Meadows. “It was a tough race, I had Sharp all over me for the last half of the race and I had to try not to make any more mistakes. I’m happy with the result in the end, it’s the first one of the day so now we can focus on race 2”

Dino Zamparelli (Parr Motorsport) and Jayde Kruger (Brookspeed) had a thrilling duel for sixth place. After multiple attempts to make a pass, Kruger made a last-gasp attempt on the penultimate lap (13), edging past Zamparelli at Nelson. Although Kruger initially succeeded with the pass, the Huddersfield-based driver out-braked himself and span off the circuit, eventually finishing the race in 11th place.

Kruger gave his thoughts after the race. “I got traction going into turn 7, and just snuck it up his inside. I was almost done, and we just broke a little late and also a bit too hard on the rear of the car and span round. It was a great race up until then, but I’m still really happy with my race.”

The battle for sixth allowed Pro-Am1 driver Jordan Witt (Redline Racing) to catch the pair as he took victory in the class, ahead of Ignas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and Jack Falla (Redline Racing).

Witt was keen to avoid getting involved in the battle ahead. “I was really trying not to catch them (Zamparelli & Kruger) because I didn’t want to get involved in that battle really, but all in all it was good race and went exactly as we planned it.”

Peter Jennings (G-Cat Racing) won the Pro-Am 2 class in his best race result of the season so far. The Irishman finished ahead of class point leader John McCullagh (Redline Racing) and Nerijus Dagilis (Juta Racing).

“I started in p2 but got good start and jumped the pole sitter. I got a bit of space, and luckily they were all battling behind me so I managed to find some pace and just drove my own race really” said Jennings.Porsche Carrera Snetterton15b

Race Two
A rolling start in Race 2 saw Redline Racing’s Cammish make another clean and composed getaway at the head of the field. The Yorkshireman achieved a clean sweep of Fastest Laps, Pole Positions and Race Victories, increasing his overall points lead to 53 as the championship heads to Knockhill in two weeks.

“The gap stayed quite the same in the second race and then I managed to edge it out towards the end, so I’m very happy and now very much looking forward to Knockhill! I’m in a great team, I have a fast car and I have a nice championship lead.”

Tom Sharp (IDL Racing) and Michael Meadows (Samsung SUHD TV Racing) completed the podium in second and third places respectively – both drivers making their moves on the Senna Straight at the race start. They ran three abreast into Turn 1 (Riches) as the pair went around Josh Webster (Team Parker) and pushed the Defending Champion back from second and into fourth place.

By the end of lap 1, Cammish had already built a 0.5 second lead to control the race. However Sharp and Meadows began to trade fastest lap times as they tried to reduce the gap to the front in a hard-fought battle. Sharp held on to P2 to take his first ever Carrera Cup podium, and was clearly delighted with the achievement.

“It’s been a lot of hard work and I didn’t truthfully expect it to come. It’s a difficult thing to keep hold of one of these Porsche cup cars for half an hour, let alone with a couple of champions behind you. I had to work for it, the car was great and it’s an incredible feeling so we’re in really high spirits for Knockhill, who knows what could happen!”

In the chasing pack, James Sutton (Samsung SUHD TV) came back from a Race 1 retirement to finish in fifth place, putting in a solid drive on his Carrera Cup return.

Dino Zamparelli had an action packed race in the Parr Motorsport No. 88 car. The 22-year-old from Bristol had been struggling to maximise the performance of his car over the weekend and had to defend early on from Stephen Jelley (Team Parker) as they battled for sixth place. Jelley kept the pressure on as the two drivers went toe-to-toe around the Montreal Hairpin on lap 4, with Jelley emerging in front.

Once Jelley had made the pass, Kruger (Brookspeed) also sensed an opportunity to move up the order, reigniting the on-track battle from Race one. The South African driver was able to make the move stick in Race 2, but once again had to wait until the final lap to take seventh position, leaving Zamparelli with eighth.

Jordan Witt achieved his second win of the weekend in the Pro-Am1 class. The Redline Racing driver now sits just four points behind Ignas Gelzinis. The Lithuanian had been running third during the race (12th overall), but rescued some points by taking second position from Jack Falla (Redline Racing) on the penultimate lap. “It was all going pretty well and I was able to hold Ignas off for quite some time, but coming under the bridge at Bentley Straight I braked far too late and had a lock up” stated Falla. “From then it was just going backwards.” Falla rejoined the race in third, taking the final place on the Pro-Am1 podium.

John McCullagh (Redline Racing) had a sensational race, coming from the back of the grid to take the top spot on the Pro-Am 2 podium. “It was a difficult place to start and I had to be very careful, there were a few incidents on the way round and we had to make sure we stayed out of mischief” McCullagh said, after the race. “Points on the day are absolutely critical and bringing the car home in one piece was absolutely essential, to be able to do it ahead of the class is really fantastic, especially after a tough qualifying. Two podiums, one in second and one in first place, I couldn’t ask for more!”

Iain Dockerill (Credit4Cars) and Nerijus Dagilis (Juta Racing) completed the Pro-Am2 podium in second and third positions.

The next Porsche Carrera Cup GB races will take place at Knockhill, Scotland on the weekend of 22 and 23 August. In the meantime, be sure not to miss a thing by following us at @CarreraCupGB on Twitter and visiting http://www.porsche.co.uk/CarreraCupGB.

Provisional points standings
1.   Dan Cammish Redline Racing 207
2.   Josh Webster  Team Parker Racing   154
3.   Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing  142

Pro-Am1
1.   Ignas Gelzinis Juta Racing  95
2.   Jordan Witt Redline Racing   91
3.   Karl Leonard Team Parker Racing 64

Pro-Am2
1.   John McCullagh Redline Racing  77
2.   Iain Dockerill Asset Advantage Race Team 69
3.   Nerijus Dagilis  Juta Racing   58

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