Carrera Cup Drama for Dan at Knockhill
Nationwide sponsored driver Daniel Cammish endured a rollercoaster of emotions in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain’s visit to Knockhill in Scotland, adding another hard-fought victory in Round 10 of the season. It was a different story in the second race of the day however, with Dan being forced off road by a rival and into retirement.
The Leeds-based driver entered the weekend without the benefit of testing under his belt, unlike most of his Carrera Cup GB rivals, but put that instantly into the back of his mind with a sublime lap to grab pole position as he had done 12 months prior.
Starting from the head of the field, Cammish held onto his advantage from the rolling start in race one, heading Dino Zamparelli’s Porsche through Duffus Dip for the first time. Cammish edged out his lead but that soon diminished when fighting through backmarkers at the narrow Fife circuit. Delays trimmed Cammish’s lead to less than a second, but the reigning champion put the hammer down to secure a hard-fought sixth win of the season.
“It was all going to plan until I hit traffic”, said Dan. “I knew that was going to happen at this track though so you just have to keep pushing on. Lots of people drove sensibly, but it’s fast at the front and tough so I had to push or Dino would have just swallowed me up. I’m happy to add another win, we had a lot of speed in that race.”
Cammish started race two from second on the grid behind Redline Racing team-mate Charlie Eastwood, the pair setting up an intense race-long duel for victory. Attacking in the final laps of the race, Cammish found his opportunity to take the lead with a better exit from the Clark right-hander. Drawing alongside around Hislops he made his move but Eastwood forced him off the road and onto the grass. From there Dan was a passenger, colliding with the tyre barrier and instant retirement.
Eastwood would later be punished for the incident, with three points on his license and a ten-place grid penalty for the next race, but this would come as little comfort for Dan after the loss of a certain podium and a significant points haul.
“I'm not sure I could have done anything different,” said Dan. “He made the mistake and I had the run. Words escape me. It’s a shame it ended the way it did. I still feel that I can be even faster at Silverstone. Charlie has chased me a lot this season, but now I can chase him!”
Many Nationwiders were present to witness the triumph and tragedy of motorsport. The ever-present Race Hub was in operation at the track and saw a healthy number of visitors taking turns to try and beat Dan’s time on the simulator, all to benefit the chosen charity for this year, UK Air Ambulances. The Race Hub saw a great number of visitors this weekend who have gave generously raising a fantastic £333.65 for the Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).
Dan now sits 20 points away from the series lead with dropped scores taken into account. He heads to Silverstone’s National circuit next on 16/17 September, a circuit at which he famously claimed his second title last year.