Dino Zamparelli claimed a superb race one victory in his Nationwide Crash Repairs-backed Porsche to regain the championship lead from rival Tio Ellinas.
Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan as Ellinas snatched pole position in the final minutes of the session, but Dino would make up for this in race one. With rain arriving over-night and continuing to fall it meant the drivers were greeted by a damp and very greasy track.
Dino mastered the conditions superbly to launch off his second-place grid slot and take the lead from Ellinas at the start. By the end of lap one, he had built a sizeable lead that he never relinquished.
Race two, Dino started from fifth place and immediately dispatched Dan Harper who struggled to get off the line. Ellinas was next in his sights and the Bristolian made the move on lap five to take third from his title rival. He then latched onto the dual for the lead but was not able to make any further progress. At the flag, it was another podium finish for Dino and another solid point haul to consolidate his championship lead as Ellinas slipped back into second in the standings.
Dino said: “We had a great start, we controlled the race and I used my head. I pulled out an advantage when I needed to, pulling out a clear gap and was in control for the whole race. The Nationwide/Redline Racing car was absolutely beautiful to drive.
“I got a good start in race two and put pressure on Tio for third place. I caught the leaders quickly but then I had to be clever about my next move, as I needed to both attack and defend. I put a bit of pressure on without overdoing it but ultimately, I was happy to finish in third and secure my return to the top of the championship standings.
Success on the track, especially in such changeable conditions as we saw this weekend, is achieved by utilising an adaptive strategy and making the very best of the opportunities presented during the race. Being able to respond effectively to rapidly changing environments is something Nationwide embrace in the accident repair market.
Fellow Nationwide-backed driver and brand ambassador, Dan Cammish also had a good weekend in the BTCC as the championship celebrated its 60th anniversary. Dan raced well throughout the three races to claim a superb podium in wet conditions in race one and fourth place in race two, but unfortunately tricky conditions and a return of the rain mid-race saw Dan finish out of position in race three.
“It has been a positive weekend overall and I am especially happy to be back on the BTCC podium. The pace has been strong this weekend as a whole, which gives me confidence for the upcoming rounds where I will be going all out for victory.”
The championship will now move to Knockhill in Scotland for rounds 11 and 12 on the 25th and 26th August, with Dan next out at Rockingham on the 11th & 12th August.