Nationwide targets triumph as monster 61-car grid takes on historic Le Mans circuit
Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship leader Daniel Cammish heads to France this week to take on the famous Le Mans circuit in his Nationwide Crash Repair-backed Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car.
The championship will join with the French and Benelux Carrera Cup series as well as a number of invitation entries to make up the field for round seven of the 2017 Championship. The Carrera Cup last raced at Le Mans in 2014 when the UK championship joined the French Carrera Cup and others and a dramatic race ensued, with a burst tyre deciding the winner on the final lap.
The circuit will present a number of unique challenges for Dan and the rest of the field as they compete in not only the longest race of the year, but also the longest racing lap at 8.49 miles long. Only three of the current Carrera Cup GB drivers have previously raced around the 38-turn circuit which means that the majority of the drivers are starting from square one.
The double-champion will benefit form the experience of Nationwide ambassador and fellow two-time Carrera Cup champion Tim Harvey, who joined a number of British drivers racing against the French Carrera Cup grid in 2010 and was the top British driver on the podium. This followed four appearances in the main 24-hour race between 1988 and 1991. Dan is not daunted by the prospect of racing at the fabled circuit however and will be looking to put in another commanding performance.
“It's going to be my first time racing at Le Mans," said Dan. "It's a dream just to go to Le Mans and it will be an amazing experience driving the circuit. The championship itself has been here before back in 2014, but this is the first time that a lot of us have been there to actually compete, so at least it's not just me!”
"We'll be pitted against the French drivers also which will make it tougher, but I'm certain that we can go there and do the job for the British series. We score points for our own championship too, so it's important to finish and be the highest-placed Brit. It would be a dream to go there and win it overall and I think we can manage it.”
“Nationwide are coming down so it'll be a great experience for my sponsors to be there. It's one of the three biggest races in the world, so we'll enjoy it both on and off the track.”
The cars will hit the track for the first 45-minute free practice session on Thursday morning at 10:30 CET. Free practice two follows at 11:55 with a one-hour qualifying session taking place soon after at 15:30.
The 45-minute race starts at 10:15 and will conclude only a few hours before the main 24-hour race starts at 3pm.
The race will be streamed live on the Porsche website with TV plans to be confirmed.