Nationwide Continues Points Scoring Streak at Snetterton with Super Sub Malvern
Nationwide continued its impressive points scoring run at Snetterton with Scott Malvern claiming two top 10 race finishes on his Porsche Carrera Cup GB debut.
The distinctive orange, blue and white cars have scored points in every race going back to the first race of 2015 when the association with Dan Cammish first began. With the seat temporarily vacated by Dan who had a clashing Porsche Supercup race in Hungary, Scott stepped it to replace the double champion for the two races at the Norfolk circuit.
He got his first taste of the 380bhp Porsche GT3 Cup car at the circuit on Wednesday during the group test and showed continued improvement throughout the weekend. In qualifying he was able to put in two solid performances to secure seventh on the grid for race one and a third row start to race two with sixth place. A late call from race control caused confusion at the start of race one with half the grid thinking the start was being aborted. The ensuing disarray meant that some cars held up Scott, as others broke away in front.
“Race one was tricky,” said Scott. “I got boxed in at the start and dropped back a few places. I made most of them back up on lap one and then had a bit of a scrap with Dan McKay. He took a trip across the grass and I was able to pull a move around the outside of Corum and came home sixth. The pace was good and I was pleased with the result.”
The standing start to race two saw Scott once again enjoying a good battle for position, this time with 2016 rookie championship runner up Lewis Plato. Scott was hounding the JTR team driver for two thirds of the race and made a move into the Agostini hairpin. The move elevated him to fifth place and he then set about attempting to close the gap to the leading quartet before the chequered flag fell.
“I got a decent start to race two and managed to avoid a crash in front of me, but then I got held up by Plato for most of the race. I put a move on him into the hairpin but I think he decided that I shouldn’t be there. He went for the apex but I was already there so we touched in the middle. We came off a little better and we finished fifth.”
“The team did a great job, they always put a great car together for Dan and they did the same for me. I’ve gained a lot of experience, I’ve learnt a lot, so I’m really pleased. It’s very difficult to drop into a championship and be quick in a car that’s as difficult to drive as this, especially with such quick team-mates. The pace in this series is so strong, even when you compare it to last year. The top four drivers are pretty rapid and it’s every lap. I’m really pleased that I was that close to the pace.”
Over 250 Nationwiders, customers and specially invited guests attended the race day, with the Nationwide RaceHub generating a lot of interest from the public. The simulator was once again in operation, raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, although this time participants were attempting to beat Scott’s best time.
Daniel Cammish will return to regular driving duty in the Nationwide /PPG backed car for rounds 10 & 11 at Knockhill on the 12th and 13th August.