Nationwide backed driver Dino Zamparelli extended his Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship lead by claiming a podium finish during the trip north of the border to Knockhill.
Dino battled in the rain during the first of Sunday’s 32-lap events to keep calm and hold off rival Tio Ellinas to take second place. A fourth in race two results in his lead being five points at the top of the standings.
With an exclusive test on Wednesday held in both wet and dry conditions, the Nationwide Redline Racing Team could work on the car setup which helped Dino finish Friday’s practice sessions second overall. His form continued into qualifying where he secured third place on the grid, missing out on pole position by just 0.144 of a second.
On Sunday, as the rain fell, Dino kept in touch with leaders Dan Harper and Lewis Plato before the latter spun at the hairpin. Momentarily delayed, Dino found Ellinas drawing alongside his Porsche 911 GT3 but held on to his position for an important second place finish.
Lining up third on the reverse-grid for race two, he kept contact with Harper and Ellinas ahead but chose not to risk spinning off in the treacherous conditions and crossed the line in fourth place, less than half a second behind his title rival.
Dino said; “It was a good qualifying session. We maybe didn’t quite get the strategy right, but we were a tenth (of a second) off. It’s so close around Knockhill and sometimes that’s the way it goes. Race one was good finishing second place on one of my least favourite circuits. It’s a solid result given that it was very wet out there with some tricky conditions.
“In race two we just didn’t quite pull it together. There were a couple of moments when I almost went off, so all things considered we did well to extend our lead this weekend. When you look back on it you don’t want to lose any points, so being able to extend the gap is important. In these conditions it is so variable you can easily get it wrong. That’s life, but you’ve just got to take what you can, and we move onto Silverstone having extended our championship lead.”
It was a similarly successful weekend for Nationwide Brand Ambassador, Dan Cammish in the British Touring Car Championship. Dan claimed his first pole position in his rookie campaign and followed it up with two strong performances to take a pair of third place finishes. Sadly, a mechanical issue in race three prevented him from making it a hat-trick of podiums.
Speaking after the races, Dan said; “If you’d offered me two, top three finishes before the start of the weekend, I would have snapped your hand off. I was over the moon to secure my first BTCC pole position. Eventually, that advantage was negated, but to hold onto third I thought was a really good effort – for me, that was effectively a win.
“Race two was a pretty sensible job in very difficult conditions – it would have been so easy to put the car in the barriers trying to be a hero for just one more place. It was obviously a shame to conclude the weekend with the problem in race three, but that doesn’t take the overall shine away.”
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. This enables Nationwide to show gratitude for the hard work of the Nationwide Team, even if the weather doesn’t always do its part.
The championship now heads to Silverstone for rounds 13 & 14 on the weekend of 15th & 16th September.