Dan Cammish and Charlie Eastwood shared the victories as Redline Racing continued to be the team to beat in the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, with Tom Oliphant and John McCullagh also gracing the podium during a successful weekend of racing at Knockhill (12/13 August).
2015 and 2016 champion Cammish returned to the Carrera Cup GB grid in Scotland after missing the visit to Snetterton earlier this month due to Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup commitments in Hungary, with Eastwood having capitalised on his absence to move into the championship lead.
The two title protagonists would set the pace in mixed weather conditions during Friday practice as they led a stunning one-two-three-four-five finish for the team atop the timesheets, before they went on to lead the way during an extremely close qualifying session on Saturday.
Cammish topped the timesheets to secure pole position for race one, with just 0.090s splitting the top four drivers overall, whilst remarkably on second best times just 0.025s separated the top three as reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB scholar Eastwood picked up a pole of his own.
The opening race saw Cammish dominantly lead from lights-to-flag on his way to a fifth consecutive Carrera Cup GB victory at Knockhill, while Eastwood recovered from contact at the first corner to run in third position throughout for a double podium finish for the team.
There would be drama between the two in the second encounter however as after running one-two through the race, slight contact on the penultimate lap led to Cammish’s race ending in the barriers, whilst Eastwood went on to take the teams tenth win in eleven races so far this season.
Benefitting from the late drama to complete a second one-three finish of the weekend for the team was Oliphant, with a third place finish capping off an impressive weekend for the second year contender in which he was a consistent presence towards the top of the timesheets.
After qualifying superbly in the top four for both races, Oliphant would recover well from first corner contact in the opener to climb back to fifth position, whilst he then kept touch with the top three throughout race two before grabbing his second podium finish of the campaign.
The annual trip to Knockhill would provide Euan and Dan McKay with the chance to impress on their home circuit and both would be in the thick of the top six action across the weekend, however they saw promising pace go unrewarded over the two races.
After both impressively climbing into the top five at the start of the opening race, Dan would eventually lead his brother home in seventh and eighth at the finish, whilst they would repeat those results in race two after they were both the victims of contact from rivals.
After impressing with a Pro-Am 1 class podium finish on his series return at Snetterton meanwhile, McCullagh would endure a mixed second outing of the season, with a brilliant third place in class in the opener coupled with a frustrating first lap retirement outside of his control in race two.
The weekend’s results mean Redline Racing maintain a lead of over eighty points atop the Teams Championship and hold five of the top seven positions in the Drivers’ Championship ahead of the penultimate meeting of the season at Silverstone next month (16/17 September).
Simon Leonard (Team Boss): “Overall, it’s been another brilliant weekend! It was a long week for the team in Scotland, so to come away with two wins and five podium finishes is immensely satisfying and I’m delighted with the pace shown by all six of our drivers.
“Dan [Cammish] did a fantastic job to return after missing the Snetterton weekend and be right back at the top of the pack with pole position and victory. While the end of race two was unfortunate, I’m sure he will bounce back strongly at Silverstone.
“Charlie [Eastwood] backed up his Snetterton success with another great weekend that has really strengthened his championship ambitions, while I’m really pleased that Tom [Oliphant] got back onto the podium where he deserves to be.
“Euan and Dan McKay’s pace across the weekend was superb and they both warranted better results than they ended up with, whilst John [McCullagh] showed great progress across the meeting and would have taken home two trophies were it not for an unfortunate incident.”
Dan Cammish: “I didn’t manage to do the test here on Tuesday like everyone else and it could have been an uphill battle, but I almost won both races. It’s a shame race two ended the way it did, but I feel confident that I can be even faster at Silverstone.”
Charlie Eastwood: “We had a good qualifying with first and second, which set us up well for the races. We missed out in the first race after getting contact on the opening lap, but we were able to convert to victory in race two which is great for my title challenge.”
Championship Standings (After Rd.11 of 15): 1. Charlie Eastwood (180pts); 3. Dan Cammish (152pts); 4. Tom Oliphant (141pts); 6. Euan McKay (113pts); 7. Dan McKay (91pts)
Source. Next Level Motorsport,/Photo. Dan Bathie/Porsche