Nationwide emerges victorious after epic dual for Le Mans glory
Nationwide Crash Repair celebrated a superb victory around the hallowed asphalt of the Le Mans circuit in France, with driver Daniel Cammish securing a spectacular win in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. The win left few doubting Dan’s credentials as one of the fastest Porsche drivers in the world.
The Leeds-based driver was on the pace from the very start of the weeklong event when free practice took place on Thursday morning. The back-to-back Carrera Cup GB champion went on to claim third place on the grid during the hour-long Thursday afternoon qualifying session.
“It was almost impossible in qualifying to get a clear lap,” said Dan. “I was always compromised. I was a second up on my predicted time but we ended up third, which wasn’t too bad. We knew we had the car and we knew we could race from there, particularly as it is a very long lap here.
The temperature on race day was on its way to 30 degrees, but Dan kept cool despite being boxed out at the first chicane and relegated to fifth place. A yellow flag period followed as an incident involving nine cars was cleared, but once racing resumed Dan began picking up places. He decisively moved up to fourth using the tow along the long Mulsanne straights, repeating the move further around the lap to take third. By lap five, he was up into second place before taking the lead.
With over half an hour of the race left to run, Dan had to fight to maintain the lead, temporarily losing it on the final lap. An audacious move around the outside into the banked Indianapolis corner ensured he reclaimed the place and control of the race. From there he only had to bring the car home.
” It was amazing. It has been a great week and it’s a fantastic opportunity to be here and to race at such a historic circuit. The first lap was a bit of a bottleneck and I dropped to fifth but I was able to work my way back. There was a lot of pressure and it was almost impossible to break away."
“The tow was massive, Alessio [Rovera] never got close enough to get in front of me. He could get alongside, but didn’t have the extra bit until the last lap. I knew I could do it though. When I saw the chequered flag, I was very relived. We’ve had three good weeks of racing but, with 60 cars here this weekend, it is very special. This is probably the best win of my career.”
Nationwide’s senior team and invited guests were there to watch the race unfold live and were joined by the Nationwide’s brand ambassador and racing Champion Tim Harvey.
The lucky Nationwiders who won ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ tickets also represented the team and were part of the amazing Le Mans experience.
Darren Blacklaw, the General Manager at Cheltenham said:
‘’ Myself and my 8 year old son Robbie had a fantastic time, 4 days of fun and excitement.
We had the privilege of seeing Dan race at this world-famous track and he certainly did not disappoint with an outstanding drive in the Nationwide Porsche.
To see our Nationwide car come over the finish line in first position was quite emotional and made me very proud to be part of the team, working for Nationwide.’’
The result is exactly what Dan needed to keep his 3rd Championship title aspirations on track. The victory extends his lead over team-mate Charlie Eastwood to 23 points. As Dan will not be racing at Snetterton, due to clashing Porsche Supercup commitments, the current gap ensures that even if Charlie wins both races, Dan will still be within reach of his record breaking third title.
The Nationwide-backed car will however still be in action at Snetterton on the 29th & 30th July.