Nationwide signs off 2017 Carrera Cup season in style
Nationwide backed driver Daniel Cammish had a simple target to end the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season - win and hope his title rivals slip up, and he did his part in tricky conditions at Brands Hatch.
Having secured two pole positions in Saturday’s qualifying sessions – setting a new record time with two laps averaging over 100mph – race victories were next on the agenda.
With overnight rain and constant drizzle in the morning everyone went to the grid on wet tyres. He lost out a the start, slipping to second from the start in race one, but didn’t take long to work his way back past Tio Ellinas for the lead. From there he pulled way at a relentless rate to run unchallenged to the flag. Sadly though, both of his rivals did what they needed to, meaning the points gap was too big for him to have a chance of the championship for the final race.
Dan didn’t let it bother him however, as he led from pole in his Porsche 991 GT3 Cup machine, and in darkening and damp conditions took another lights-to-flag victory. With light rain once again falling in the later stages it made every lap a new adventure but Dan was able to finish the season on a high, making his eighth visit to the top step of the podium of the championship season.
“I didn’t get the best start in race one to be honest. I settled into the race, had some good speed and was confident. I made some moves to set him up and drove away to give us a nice cushion. If you get complacent in the wet in these cars you can easily drop it, it was so slippery, just a greasy surface.
“It’s a shame the championship was over, but I knew it was going to be tough coming into it. It’s disappointing to finish 18 points behind. I had to retire the car last time out when it caught fire and that cost me 20 points, so that’s harder to swallow now than at the time. I thought I was out of it at Knockhill, but I had a dominant weekend to cement my place at the top.
“It’s been a great few years, we had the speed in this race but didn’t have to put it all on the line and we could match Dino as he was desperate to beat me. I’m really pleased of the team to win the championship, my eighth win, 31 wins overall - we’ve been dominant for three years.”
Cheering on Dan as he claimed the double victory were over 400 Nationwiders who attended the final day of racing. The Race Hub also made its final appearance of the 2018 season with the team once again raising funds for UK Air Ambulances. Despite the occasional drizzle and damp conditions, the enthusiasm was palpable as the crowd watched the orange, blue and white car dominate once again.