Nationwide and Dino Zamparelli maintained the championship lead after becoming the first double winner of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season, taking victory on day one at the theatre of speed, Autodromo di Monza in Italy and working his way from 6th to 2nd on day two.
The 25-year old qualified third on the grid and when the lights went out Dino launched the car off the line to take second place as Harper dropped back. Entering the low speed first chicane Harper would lock up, losing control of the car and sending it careening into Plato. With Dino positioning his car on the far left of the track he was able to pick his way through the carnage to take the lead.
Dino set about building a lead as George Gamble and Championship rival Tio Ellinas battled. This ensured Dino was able to create a gap of five seconds. From then he managed the race to the chequered flag and win number two of the season.
“It was all about the start,” said Dino. “I got into second place off the line. I looked in the mirror into turn one and saw Harper outbreak himself and I knew pretty much instantly that he wasn’t going to make the corner. I kept out of trouble and got myself through the first corner melee, then it was just a controlling thing.
“I had a nice lead and cleared away from the field, but then I had a pressure warning on my dash. I was driving on a Sunday cruise from then on, praying I was not going to get a puncture. Thankfully it was just a sensor issue, but I had no idea at the time.”
Nationwide Accident Repairs recognises the importance of speed, quality, and value for its customers, traits which the company finds synonymous with its involvement with the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. The ability to work fast, with a high attention to detail is imperative for the success of Dino Zamparelli’s Nationwide-backed Redline Racing 911 GT3 Cup car, as it is with the team-based approach for Nationwide itself, and at Monza speed is essential.
On day two of the weekend, Dino maintained his 100% podium run by taking second place, having almost won.
The Nationwide backed car got a good start off the line, but the Safety Car was deployed almost instantly as contact further back resulted in two cars being abandoned at the side of the road. When the race eventually got up and running Dino was on it. He followed title rival Tio Ellinas past pole sitter Esmee Hawkey before they set about trying to pass second place runner Seb Perez.
Entering the famous Parabolica final corner Ellinas snatched a brake allowing Dino to send his nose up the inside and take third place. He then worked his way past Perez and almost immediately was on the tail of race leader George Gamble, having quickly reeled him in. With only a few laps remaining Dino tried valiantly to find a gap but, deciding discretion is the better part of valour, he settled for second place.
“From sixth to second, we’ll take that all day,” said Dino. “I haven’t been off the podium yet which is a record I intend to keep up this year, especially with the reverse grid. Yesterday was a nice win and today was second place but I was so close to the win. We were fast around here and took two fastest laps but sometimes you can’t force it. I made some really decisive moves to get up to second place, but this championship is not about being gung-ho. You have to be clever and take what you can when you can. My moves on Ellinas and Perez were really pleasing, and we just want to keep on taking the race one win.”
In addition to the success on the track this weekend, 15 of Nationwide’s Annual Award winners attended the race in Italy to support Dino and celebrate their achievements and the positive impact it has on the business.
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB is an important series for Nationwide to be associated with, as the company invites thousands of team members, their family, and their friends to the racetrack each season to show gratitude for the hard-work of its team members while engaging with them through activities. Attention now turns to Oulton Park in June, where they will welcome hundreds more team members to enjoy the racing and support Dino in his Championship quest.