Stockton-On-Tees motorsport team Redline Racing has produced a perfect start to the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season with a pair of one-two finishes during the opening meeting of the season at Brands Hatch Indy earlier this month (1/2 April).
The most successful team in Carrera Cup GB history began their quest for an historic tenth driver’s and team’s championship victory double with a hugely impressive display in Kent, with no less than five of the team’s drivers finishing in the top seven in each of the first two races of the year.
Leading the challenge was 2015 and 2016 champion Daniel Cammish, who began his pursuit of an historic third consecutive Carrera Cup GB title with a supreme performance across the season opener, converting a double pole position into a pair of lights-to-flag victories.
Cammish’s success has moved him up to joint third on the all-time winners list with 25 victories, but he certainly didn’t have it all his own way over the weekend with his team-mate Charlie Eastwood being hot on his heels as those two proved themselves to be the class of the field.
Entering his second season as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar, the Northern Irishman would finish just five hundredths of a second adrift of Cammish in qualifying on his way to a pair of front row starts, which he duly converted into his eleventh and twelfth CCGB podium finishes.
Joining Eastwood in returning for his second season in the championship with Redline is former Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion Tom Oliphant, who started his season strongly with a pair of hard-fought fourth place finishes to join his team-mates in the top three of the points standings.
Reigning Pro-Am 1 class champion Euan McKay and his older brother Daniel McKay both impressed on their first outings with the team meanwhile, with a competitive first outing in the headline Pro class seeing them secure double sixth and seventh place finishes respectively.
Completing the Redline line-up was championship debutant Jamie Orton, who had a mixed first meeting in his 460bhp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. After unfortunately getting caught up in a first lap incident in race one, he bounced back superbly to a ninth place finish in race two.
Following a hugely impressive start to the season, the Teeside team are now aiming for more of the same during Rounds Three and Four at Donington Park in Leicestershire this weekend (15/16 April).
Simon Leonard – Team Boss, Redline Racing: “All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a much better way to start the year. Our team has worked incredibly hard over the winter to put us in the best position possible for the new season, and I’m delighted to see their efforts rewarded at Brands.
“Dan [Cammish] and Charlie [Eastwood] did a fantastic job at the front of the field all weekend and showed they are the drivers to beat at the moment. All six of our drivers should be proud of their achievements this weekend though and we can’t wait to push for more success at Donington.”
Daniel Cammish: “It’s been a perfect weekend to start the season. Both races were tough as I would build a gap, but then see it negated by the safety car, but the team has given me a fantastic car all weekend and it meant I could build the lead again and come home with the victories.”
Charlie Eastwood: “The weekend has been fantastic. We’re much closer to the pace than we were this time last year, especially being so close to pole position in qualifying. Taking a pair of second place finishes in the races is great and I’m delighted we got the one-two finishes for the team.”
Source. Next Level Motorsport/Photo. Dan Bathie/Porsche