Dino Zamparelli enjoyed another successful weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as he took pole position, a race victory, and a fifth-place, to open up an eight-point lead for Nationwide Accident Repairs at the top of the championship standings.
Showing strong pace all week, Dino had high hopes of a good day and waltzed to victory in race one, but a late fluid leak gave him a scare in race two. Taking advantage of starting from the front of the field in the first of the day’s 28-lap races, the Bristolian drove away from the pack, taking a dominant lights-to-flag win ahead of title rival Tio Ellinas.
Drawing fourth position out of the hat for the reverse-grid race two, Dino had a bit more work to do but kept his nose clean, knowing points would be important, and was handed a further boost when Ellinas was given a time penalty for exceeding track limits.
This promoted Dino ahead on the timing screens, but as the cars ahead of him started to race with increasing desperation, Ellinas reduced the time gap. On the penultimate lap Dino started to lose a lot of fluid from his radiator which slowed him further, dropping him behind his rival, but he did well to keep the car on track, finishing fifth, and score more points.
Dino said: “Qualifying and race one was absolutely spot on. The car was great, and the team and I worked really well to get the win. Race two was a bit of a mad, chaotic one. I wanted more from it, but it would have been so easy to get caught up in an incident. Some people had nothing to lose but we had everything to lose.
“[George] Gamble had a puncture in front of me and the debris went through the radiator. It was unfortunate as that’s twice that we’ve had that issue. Luckily it happened in the final laps so we were able to bring it home and it was another good haul of points. We notched up another win, which was the objective, and more points in race two so we’ve extended the championship lead going into the final race weekend so, all in all, I’m happy.”
Teamwork is the bedrock of success in motorsport, which is why the strong team ethos of Redline Racing has helped Nationwide Accident Repairs become the most successful sponsor in the history of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. Teamwork is also an important trait of Nationwide, who believes that working as a team helps every Nationwider deliver the very best quality for the company’s customers, every time.
That ethos of teamwork was also key for Nationwide Ambassador Dan Cammish in the British Touring Car Championship as he ended the weekend with two top-ten finishes and secured the Jack Sears Trophy for Rookie drivers in the process. In what could have been a tough debut season for the double Carrera Cup champion, Dan has worked hard with his Honda team to produce consistent results on track, culminating in claiming the prestigious title.
“It was tough from the word go.” said Dan. “I suspected it might not be easy around here and we struggled in Free Practice, but we had a pretty good car by the end. It’s been a weekend of tyre choices and engine performance and we’ve looked good at times and average at others.
“Race one in tenth was tough and race two on the hard tyre, everyone struggles to stay in the top ten on that tyre, so it’s swings and roundabouts. Race three was good, we came through from 15th to eighth and had a lot of speed in the Civic Type R. We made some fantastic overtakes and really made ourselves known. I’m very happy to win the Jack Sears title; it is a great trophy, so I’m very pleased. We’re going to Brands and have a really fast car so I’m looking forward to ending the season on a high.”
Nationwide will be back in action in two weeks’ time as both Dino and Dan will race for the last time this season as the Carrera Cup and BTCC seasons draw to a close on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch.