Nationwide Accident Repairs is on the verge of a historic fifth Carrera Cup championship title as they head to Brands Hatch for the final two races of the season. Dino Zamparelli, driving the familiar orange, blue, and white Nationwide Porsche, has an eight-point lead going into the weekend.
Dino extended his advantage last time out at Silverstone, taking pole position, and the two points that go with it, as well as a victory in the weekend’s first race. The Bristolian then battled to a fifth-place finish in race two after his radiator was punctured from track debris, causing fluid to leak during the final two laps.
Dino said: “Brands Hatch is a challenge, especially the Grand Prix circuit, and it has a great history like Silverstone. It’s a cool race circuit to drive on. I’ve had good races there in the past though last year, the same as this, it was the final race of the Carrera Cup season and the moment when I finished joint first in the standings but missed out on the championship, so the memories are bittersweet. However, it is a good challenge and I enjoy it.
This year I’ll be approaching it the same as I always do, how I always head into races. I’ll be working hard to go for pole position and the win in the first race of the weekend. The idea is to do that and if we can then we’ll get the title wrapped up early which means in race two we can relax a bit and see how things go.”
Success on the track is achieved by utilising an adaptive strategy and making the very best of the opportunities presented during the race. Being able to change plans in an agile and timely manner is a belief shared by Nationwide Accident Repairs which is why it supports Dino Zamparelli in his quest for championship success.
In the British Touring Car Championship, Nationwide Ambassador Dan Cammish will be looking to end his debut season on a high after securing the prestigious Jack Sears Trophy for Rookie drivers. A strong weekend could catapult Dan into the top-ten in the overall Drivers’ standings, which would be a great achievement for the two-time Carrera Cup champion.
“Brands Hatch has happy memories for me, both from winning races and the Carrera Cup championships there, and from my first races in the BTCC earlier this year.” Said Dan. “I was quick in the Honda Civic Type R back at the start of the season so there’s no reason why I can’t finish well this time out.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to have won the Jack Sears Trophy in my first season so it would be incredible to also finish on the top step of the podium. It should be a good weekend and hopefully one to celebrate for both me and Dino as well as everyone from Nationwide.”
Nationwide’s popular Race Hub will make its final appearance of the year at Brands Hatch, where guests can try to beat Dino’s time on the Nationwide Porsche Simulator. There’ll be collections for Cancer Research UK, Nationwide’s chosen charity of 2018, and on Sunday Nationwiders will be treated to an exclusive session to meet Dino, where he will sign autographs and pose for photographs. For more information on the weekend head to the Nationwide Racing website.
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB will head on to the track for practice on Friday September 28 at 11:30 and 16:05. The all-important qualifying session is a day later at 13:35, with the final two 17-lap races of the season taking place on Sunday September 30 at 10:40 and 16:20, with the latter broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV Hub online. You can get the latest updates from the track by following Nationwide’s Twitter page: @WeFixYourCar.