Down to the wire in the Carrera Cup
A thrilling championship in the new GT3 cup car is settled on the last lap of the year.
Another dramatic season in Carrera Cup has gone down to a nail biting last weekend. Redline Racing teammates and title rivals Charlie Eastwood and Dan Cammish came into the final two rounds at a wet Brands Hatch this Sunday with all still to play for. And both with a wary eye on JTR’s Dino Zamparelli, lying second in the championship and enjoying a remarkable end to his season.
Cammish was already on the back foot, having missed a race due to Supercup commitments and certain points in two others due to controversial contact with Eastwood and an engine fire. Undeterred, the 28-year-old defending champion was imperious in qualifying, taking pole for both races.
The field was led out for round 14 behind the Le Mans winning 919 Hybrid, and the customary rolling start immediately plunged Cammish into a fierce fight with Tio Ellinas, although it was the pole-sitter who would ultimately control the race in slippery conditions to take a deserved 30th Carrera Cup victory. But Zamparelli and Eastwood both secured enough points in his wake to write a frustrated Cammish out of the title race with one round to go.
The final outing of the season was a tense battle in the chasing group behind Cammish, with just six points now separating Zamparelli and Eastwood, the latter needing to finish fifth to secure the championship.
In a fitting finale, Cammish would take his second victory of the weekend with Zamparelli hot on his heels in second. Meanwhile Eastwood would be forced to fight all the way to the flag for that vital fifth place and enough points to tie the lead. This would see the championship settled on outright wins; Eastwood’s four to Zamaprelli’s three.
A suitably tight contest to round out another exhilarating season in Carrera Cup. Congratulations to all the teams and drivers. Onwards to 2018…