◾Narrow and undulating track layout bound to produce exciting double header◾Redline Racing’s Dan Cammish in command of the Championship with Team Parker Racing team-mates Josh Webster and Stephen Jelley in pursuit◾Juta Racing’s Ignas Gelzinis and Redline Racing’s John McCullagh in charge in Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 respectively◾Every result counts with just five points separating Redline Racing and Team Parker Racing at the top of the team standings
Knockhill circuit might only be 1.3 miles long, but it crams a lot of excitement into its myriad of twists and turns. There is quite a distinct elevation change for the drivers to contend with, too, and when you throw in the famously unpredictable weather, the fearsome Fife track is a thrill to truly master!
Set as it is on the side of picturesque Knockhill, with stunning views down the Firth of Forth, the track is always a good setting to blow away the mid-season cobwebs and crack on with the balance of the Championship title chase.
As the 11 teams contesting this year’s record-breaking Carrera Cup GB arrive in Scotland for rounds 11 & 12, it is Redline Racing’s Dan Cammish (Leeds) who seems set to blow away his challengers once again. The Championship newcomer has set an impressive pace in his first season in the 460 hp 911 GT3 Cup race car, but he has had to push hard to pull ahead.
Breathing hardest down Dan’s neck will be Oxford-born two-time Carrera Cup GB Champion Michael Meadows (Samsung SUHD TV Racing) and 2014 title holder (and Carrera Cup GB Scholar) Josh Webster (Stowmarket), who finished 1-2 in both of last year’s Knockhill encounters.
This pair has a real advantage in terms of knowing how the rear-engined Porsches handle here – and arguably also recognising where the rain will lay around the course should the skies inevitably darken. Another driver with an ace up his sleeve is former BTCC driver Stephen Jelley (who also raced in Carrera Cup in 2010 and 2011). Stephen (Leicester) lies third in the Championship at present, and is a man to watch this weekend.
Uniquely, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship has three races ‘within a race’ – the pace-setters contend the ‘Pro’ category. ‘Pro-Am1’ is for drivers wishing to benchmark themselves against the best while gaining experience, and ‘Pro-Am2’ enables drivers to gain their first taste of Porsche racing and get familiar with the 911 GT3 Cup.
The two guys tussling for the lead of the Pro-Am1 category are Lithuanian Ignas Gelzinis and Nantwich-based Jordan Witt, and both will be revelling in the intensity of racing at Knockhill. In Pro-Am2, John McCullagh (Great Smeaton) and Iain Dockerill (Rochford) are closely matched, and John will arrive in Scotland with the momentum of a sensational drive from the back of the grid in the last race at Snetterton to clinch the category win.
The team standings also hang in the balance with little separating Redline Racing and Team Parker Racing. Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar Josh Webster and Stephen Jelley are just five points ahead of Redline Racing duo Dan Cammish and Jordan Witt. Consequently fans will enjoy thrilling non-stop action throughout the two Porsche Carrera Cup GB races this weekend.
After qualifying on Saturday (22 August) at 13.50, round 11 of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 09.00 on Sunday with round 12 later that day at 15.00 (23 August). Live coverage of Sunday’s action will be broadcast on ITV4.