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'No pressure' on Cammish as title defence gets underway at Brands Hatch
March 27th, 2017
Back-to-back Porsche Carrera Cup champion Daniel Cammish heads to Brands Hatch in a relaxed mood ahead of the opening two rounds of the 2017 season.
Dan has enjoyed unprecedented success in the championship, having won 24 races from 34 starts since making his debut in the final two rounds of the 2014 season. The Kent-based speedbowl has been a happy hunting ground for the 28-year old, taking three victories and a second place in his last four races. On each occasion he has carried the orange, blue and white colours of Nationwide Crash Repair and PPG Paint.
He will be aiming to add to that tally as he goes for a historic third back-to-back Porsche Carrera Cup title but will face some stiff competition. The 2017 season is set to be one of the most competitive in the championship’s history with 11 pro drivers racing in the three class, 22 car grid. Single-seater convert Tio Elinas will pose a threat along with 2016 rivals Dino Zamparelli, team mate Tom Oliphant and scholar Charlie Eastwood.
“It should be close,” said Dan. “it’s always close – the gap will be very, very small, marginal gains will make the difference. At the moment it’s anyone’s guess, I have no idea. No one’s going to be off in the distance, it’s going to be half-a-tenth here and half-a-tenth there, that’s all we’ll be off or in front. Which side of that we’ll be on we’ll see.”
The Carrera Cup will form part of a dual campaign as Dan also takes on the competition in the international Porsche Supercup in 2017. This will result in Dan missing the Snetterton races in late July, however this doesn’t faze him.
“We know we’re going in already at a disadvantage,” said Dan. “We’re missing a weekend, so there is no pressure on me. It’s easier because these guys have to beat me now. I’ve been champion for the last two years and I’ve not got much left to prove so for me it’s all upside.”
Two free practice sessions will take place on Friday at 9am and 12:20 with qualifying taking place at 12:05 on Saturday afternoon. Round one will start at 10am on Sunday with round two following at 15:40. The second 34 lap race will be broadcast live on ITV4 with highlights from race one being shown during the day-long broadcast.