Redline Racing remain on course to win a historic tenth Porsche Carrera Cup GB Teams and Drivers Championship double this season after maintaining their points leads during a dramatic penultimate meeting of the year at Silverstone this past weekend (16/17 September).
Charlie Eastwood remains the driver to beat atop the drivers’ standings after recording his tenth podium finish of the season in Round Thirteen, which coupled with a top three result for Dan Cammish as well has maintained Redline a 55 point advantage in the Teams battle.
Returning to the scene of a double victory twelve months ago, Cammish was the pace-setter across pre-event testing and he duly converted that speed into his eighth and ninth pole positions of the campaign in qualifying on Saturday.
In treacherous conditions in Round Twelve on Sunday morning, Cammish would briefly slip back to third position at one stage before he fought back well to second at the chequered flag, which he looked set to follow up with a dominant victory in the live-televised race two.
After building a near five second lead at the front, disaster struck when the rear of his Porsche caught fire, the cause of which is suspected to be discarded rubber catching light on the exhaust, with the subsequent retirement unfortunately all but ending his title aspirations.
Eastwood would kick off his weekend in positive fashion as he recorded the third fastest time in qualifying, however for race one the current Porsche Scholar would have to serve a ten place grid penalty carried over from an incident at Knockhill.
Four positions gained on the opening lap alone would set the tone for a fantastic drive through the field, with Eastwood eventually just missing out on the podium in fourth position, though in race two he would make amends as he secured third place.
Those results mean that when dropped scores are taken into account, the Northern Irishman holds a four point lead at the top of the championship standings head into the final two races at Brands Hatch GP next weekend (30 September/1 October).
Tom Oliphant would find himself as one of many drivers to be hit with track limits penalties in qualifying which left him lower on the grid than deserved, but he fought back well in the races to card a pair of fifth place finishes and further cement his top four championship standing.
After missing all the pre-event testing due to work commitments, Euan McKaywould hugely impress in qualifying with the fifth fastest time, which he followed up with two strong displays in the races to record a couple of hard-fought sixth place finishes.
As has been the case for much of the season, Euan would find himself battling on track with his older brother Daniel McKay, who like his team-mates would adapt well to changing conditions across the weekend on his way to a pair of top eight results.
John McCullagh made it three Redline drivers on the podium meanwhile, as strong progress in a brand-new car for the meeting was rewarded with a brilliant third place finish in Pro-Am1 in race two, his third podium in six races since re-joining the series.
Simon Leonard (Team Boss): “What a rollercoaster weekend that was. Dan [Cammish] was incredibly unfortunate in the second race, he deserved to take that victory and it’s a shame a freak incident like that has likely ended his chances of a third title.
“Charlie [Eastwood] heads to Brands Hatch as the man to beat though and he produced a fantastic drive in the opening race to recover from his grid penalty and he deserved his podium finish in race two to cap off a strong weekend.
“Euan [McKay] did a fantastic job to jump in the car in qualifying with no testing and post the fifth fastest time, while Daniel [McKay] and Tom [Oliphant] joined him in producing some truly fantastic action during the races.
“I’m delighted that John [McCullagh] was able to get back on the podium in race two after showing great progression all weekend. Now our focus is on Brands Hatch, the championships are in sight and we’re going to give our all to come away with the silverware.”
Dan Cammish: “It was great to carry the speed we had in testing through to qualifying and the races. We were going to win race two by a mile, we were so much faster than anyone else and we were coasting. I started to realise four or five laps before it happened that something was wrong though.
“I could smell something and I looked at the TV screen on the National straight and could see it was ablaze so I parked it. I’ve had a lot of bad luck over the past few weeks and it’s disappointing, but I’ve had my fair share of good luck over the years so you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.”
Charlie Eastwood: “It’s been a difficult weekend to be honest and that happens in motorsport. We struggled for pace from the Tuesday test onwards, but we kept pushing and I’m pleased we could come away from the weekend with a fourth place and a podium.
“That gives us a four point lead at the head of the championship so it’s going to be a real fight at Brands Hatch. We’re going to be working hard in the next couple of weeks to make sure we’re 100% ready for the challenge ahead.”
Championship Standings (After Rd.13 of 15): 1. Charlie Eastwood (202pts); 3. Dan Cammish (170pts); 4. Tom Oliphant (156pts); 6. Euan McKay (125pts); 8. Dan McKay (107pts)
Source. Next Level Motorsport/Dan Bathie/Porsche