Nationwide are heading to Brands Hatch to support the Champion
Nationwide Accident Repair Services Ltd. will head to Brands Hatch in Kent this weekend, for the first two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship with victory in mind.
We have enjoyed a long association with the Porsche Carrera Cup and two of its most successful drivers, double champion Tim Harvey and reigning double champion Daniel Cammish. The partnership forms an integral part of Nationwide’s business, allowing us to engage with our Team and our customer and supplier partners, promote our charitable fundraising and achieve wider marketing goals. In addition, motorsport is a perfect opportunity to showcase the Company’s core values such as providing outstanding quality, fast turnaround of a repair, and to be a trustworthy and successful supplier to our partners. It also gives us a great opportunity to thank our teams across the country.
The dawn of a new season will see renewed energy invested not only in the on-track success of Dan Cammish and the Redline team but also in the activities taking part over the race weekend. Nationwide is perhaps unique in offering free tickets to employees and their partners to visit the track and watch the racing action, an initiative that engaged over three thousand Nationwiders, customers, their families and friends in 2016.
At each of the UK races this season the guests will be greeted at a revamped and renamed RaceHub – Nationwide’s centre where they will have the opportunity to have fun and attempt to beat Dan’s record on the Car simulator, win some great prizes and meet the driver himself. The RaceHub will also help to raise awareness for Nationwide's chosen charity for 2017 - the Air Ambulance Association. A staggering £78,000 was raised in 2016 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the team will be looking to equal or better that effort over the course of the next twelve months.
The most visible element for the Company will be the stunning Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car being driven by Dan. The car design chosen by Nationwide employees will hopefully add to the already impressive record that Nationwide enjoys at the 1.2 mile Indy circuit. In 18 races we has claimed 15 overall podiums, including eight wins since it first sponsored Tim Harvey in 2007.
“We couldn’t have got off to a better start in 2007,” said 2008 and 2010 champion Tim. “It was the first-year Nationwide sponsored me in the Carrera Cup and we scored two pole positions, two fastest laps and two wins! I really couldn’t have asked for more and I’m very happy that the success has continued, both with me behind the wheel and now with Dan. The success rate we have both enjoyed with Nationwide has been really impressive and after the way testing has gone so far this year I think it’s highly likely we’ll be adding to that tally.”
Dan Cammish has had similar success in the championship at the Kent-based speedbowl, taking three victories and a second place in his last four races on the Indy circuit. He will be aiming to add to that tally as he goes for a historic third back-to-back Porsche Carrera Cup title but will face some stiff competition.
“It should be close,” said Dan. “it’s always close – the gap will be very, very small, marginal gains will make the difference. At the moment, it’s anyone’s guess, I have no idea. No one’s going to be off in the distance, it’s going to be half-a-tenth here and half-a-tenth there, that’s all we’ll be off or in front. Which side of that we’ll be on we’ll see but we are well prepared and I am confident we can do the job.”
Michael Wilmshurst, the CEO at Nationwide said:
‘’This is going to be the 8th year of our sponsorship and after our amazing success in the past I have no doubt Dan will make us all proud. We have a strong team of supporters which shows in the increasing numbers of ticket requests. We will be providing regular updates on our progress in the Championship on our social media, so don’t forget to follow us.‘’
Don’t miss the live action
Two free practice sessions will take place on Friday 31st April at 9am and 12:20 with qualifying taking place at 12:05 on Saturday afternoon. Round one will start at 10am on Sunday 2nd April with round two following at 15:40. The second 34 lap race will be broadcast live on ITV4 with highlights from race one being shown during the day-long broadcast.
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Watch Nationwide’s historical journey in Porsche Carrera Cup GB and see how the Porsche livery changed across the years: