Redline Racing have made it four wins in the opening four races of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season after Charlie Eastwood secured a dominant double victory at Donington Park over Easter weekend (15/16 April) to become the new championship leader.
After kicking off the season with a pair of sensational one-two results with Dan Cammish and Eastwood in the opening rounds at Brands Hatch earlier this month, the nine-time Porsche Carrera Cup GB champions continued their successful start to the season in Leicestershire.
Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar Eastwood was the class of the field across the weekend, starting with the 21 year old emerging from one of the most dramatic and competitive qualifying sessions in recent series history with his first double pole position in the championship.
Eastwood would go on to produce two masterful drives in the races, leading from lights-to-flag in both Saturday’s opener and Sunday’s live-televised second encounter to take his second and third victories in the series, which have secured him a four point lead atop the standings.
That advantage lies over the 2015 and 2016 champion Cammish, who produced a sensational display across the two races as he recovered from a nightmare qualifying session, with an incident out of his control ending his session after he had completed just one flying lap.
In the opener, Cammish scythed his way through the field from tenth on the grid to take third at the flag, which later became a superb third consecutive one-two finish for the team following post-race exclusions, before a truly heroic drive in race two saw him take fourth place from twentieth on the grid.
It’s currently a one-two-three lock-out for the team in the championship standings, with Tom Oliphant completing the trio after a strong showing at Donington. Impressively challenging for the podium positions in both races, he would eventually come away with seventh and sixth place finishes.
Reigning Pro-Am 1 champion Euan McKay enjoyed a breakthrough weekend in Leicestershire meanwhile, with a hard-fought fourth place finish in the opener being his best overall result in the championship so far, which has helped him move one point shy of fourth in the points.
Daniel McKay produced a sensational performance in the opening race to climb from thirteenth on the grid to an eventual finish of sixth, before adding tenth in race two, while Jamie Orton bounced back from a tough debut at Brands to show his potential with a pair of top ten finishes.
Those results meant that all six Redline cars would finish in the top ten in both races across the weekend, a feat the team are keen to replicate next time out at Oulton Park in Cheshire in a month’s time (20/21 May), an event they head into with an increased 70 point lead in the Teams Championship.
Simon Leonard – Team Boss, Redline Racing: “It’s been a fantastic weekend. Charlie [Eastwood] has been in truly sublime form, and we’re sure that if Dan [Cammish] had been able to qualify as normal, we’d have taken home two one-two finishes this weekend.
“Tom [Oliphant] deserved to come away from this meeting with a podium finish but it just wasn’t to be, while Euan [McKay] is really knocking on the door of the top three. Daniel [McKay] and Jamie [Orton] are showing great progress as well, so it’s all looking very promising for all the drivers.
“I couldn’t be prouder of all the work put in by the team this weekend. In the opening race we ended up with six Redline cars in the top eight, a pretty remarkable feat which is going to be quite difficult to better, but we’re going to give it a good go at Oulton Park.”
Charlie Eastwood: “We couldn’t have asked for much better; double pole and win in both races, fantastic. We need to stay up in the championship lead now; we knew after qualifying that this weekend would be a great opportunity to make a bit of a gap and get the most points possible, and we did that. It was perfect from start to finish.”
Dan Cammish: “Qualifying was a complete disaster, one minute you’re minding your own business, the next you’re looking at a wreck. The team did a fantastic job to repair the car though and I’m delighted to have rewarded them with second and fourth place finishes from where we started, which underlined the performance we have at the moment.”
Source. Next Level Motorsport/Photo. Dan Bathie/Porsche