Daniel Cammish has taken a top ten finish on his Porsche Supercup debut, taking ninth place in one of the largest and most competitive grids of the year.
The Yorkshireman set an impressive pace on his debut in the international Supercup championship claiming third fastest in Friday’s Free Practice session.
It did not go his way in Saturday’s qualifying. “I was looking really good on the first half of the lap but then I lost time in the second half,” said Daniel. “We changed onto the second set of tyres but for some reason they were not the same as the first set so we ended up in P12.”
Come race day, Daniel held his position off the line despite some close company with the cars around him. Robert Lukas retired at the end of the first lap after an advertising hoarding stuck to the front of his car promoting Dan up to eleventh.
As the race found its rhythm, Dan got his head down and concentrated on making progress through the field. He quickly dispatched Josh Webster to take tenth on lap four and then set about wrestling ninth place from Tom Sharp. The Nationwide/PPG Paint-backed car clearly had superior pace to his Carrera Cup rivals as Dan looked for any opportunity to pass. A look up the inside into the Arrowhead showed his intent but he made his move into Vale at the end of lap six.
Daniel Commented: “I was stuck behind Tom Sharp and he was trying everything so I just had to make the decision to make the move. He was like a cork in a bottle and was holding a lot of people up.”
Once in clear air Dan continued to demonstrate excellent pace setting his fastest time on lap nine, which was the fifth fastest lap overall, but could not catch Ledogar for eighth.
“The damage was done in qualifying as I thought I could challenge for the top five,” said Dan. “The race started well. I had a great start but it was a bottleneck at the first few corners. I was on the right hand side but had a car either side. It’s so aggressive on the first laps, it was chaotic but we managed to get through it and the race settled down. “
“We had the speed today but I was never able to catch up that gap to eighth. Qualifying makes or breaks you at this level. The regular Supercup drivers understand what happens on the F1 rubber, so it was all a big learning curve but on the whole I’m really happy with the way it went and I was a fair way ahead of the other Brits.”
Daniel will return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for rounds nine and ten at Snetterton in Norfolk on 8-9 August.
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TOP TEN FINISH FOR CAMMISH ON PORSCHE SUPERCUP DEBUT