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15 Apr 2016

Record Carrera Cup GB Grid for Silverstone

Record grid lines up to impress at Silverstone’s blue-riband event.

With hundreds of Club members in attendance this weekend, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will be lining up alongside the opening race of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone.

A record grid of 13 teams will be contesting rounds three and four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB on the full 3.66-mile Grand Prix circuit. Over 26 competitors will be aiming to impress as they deploy a combined 12,000 hp around Silverstone’s 18 corners shortly after the WEC Porsche teams have qualified their 919 Hybrids in LMP1 and 911 RSR in LMGTE.

Among those looking to emulate the progression of former Carrera Cup GB race winner Nick Tandy, who took outright victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Porsche last year in the 919 Hybrid, are Dan Cammish and Dino Zamparelli. Both came out of a head-to-head battle at Brands Hatch neck-and-neck, with one win and one second place apiece.

Cammish will be more motivated than ever going into the weekend after a five second penalty for exceeding track limits in round one handed victory to the hard-charging Zamparelli. Zamparelli had hounded the defending Champion throughout the race, but admitted feeling lucky to have inherited the win from an aggrieved Cammish.

However, despite Cammish hitting back with a dominant win in race two, Zamparelli took a brace of fastest laps to underline his single-lap pace, leaving the Bristol-based driver focused on developing this into a consistent, race-long pace for the longer Silverstone circuit.

The weekend looks to be much more than a two-horse race following an impressive debut from newcomers Tom Oliphant, Lewis Plato and Porsche 2016/17 Scholar Charlie Eastwood. Rounds one and two saw the trio go wheel-to-wheel with reigning Rookie Champion Tom Sharp and seven-time Carrera Cup GB winner Stephen Jelley.

The returning Jonas Gelzinis also showed strong pace, and the depth of talent throughout the field was underlined when less than three seconds covered the six drivers as the flag fell in round two.

The privileged position the Porsche Carrera Cup GB occupies at Silverstone alongside the WEC, the pinnacle of endurance racing, reinforces the strong ties between the national and global levels of the Porsche Motorsport pyramid.

The Porsche Motorsport pyramid represents a career pathway for aspiring professional race drivers. With a broad base underpinned by amateur racing, the Porsche infrastructure can support drivers to move up from Porsche Sport Driving School and Club Sport events and into national Carrera Cup Championships with the 911 GT3 Cup. 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup GB competitor John McCullagh took this path to the Pro-Am2 title in 2015 and has already won in the Pro-Am1 category this year.

Drivers can then progress to the international Porsche Supercup, also with the 911 GT3 Cup. Porsche Carrera Cup GB race-winner and 2015 front-runner Paul Rees will begin his first season in the Supercup this year after taking the next step in his career with Porsche.

The next stage is GT racing with the 911 GT3 R and RSR. Eight-time Carrera Cup GB race-winner Ben Barker will be racing a 911 RSR at Silverstone alongside the pinnacle, the 919 Hybrid in the top prototype LMP1 category, in the World Endurance Championship.

Race details:
Race one: 16 April, 12.55 to 13.40 (45 minutes), rolling start
Race two: 17 April, 09.10 to 09.40 (30 minutes), standing start

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