With just a month to go before the series starts we joined the Porsche Carrera Cup GB teams at Silverstone and Donington for the 2017 championship launch and test day.
Current Champion Daniel Cammish, was out on track in his newly launched PPG & Nationwide Repairs car. The champ has dominated the series over the last few years winning a record breaking 12 out of 16 races last season.
Looking to his biggest year yet the Redline Racing star has also signed with Lechner Racing to compete full time in the Porsche Supercup championship. The international series, which runs as a support race to Formula 1, will see him competing at the most challenging level. Meanwhile at home he sets his sight on securing an unprecedented 3rd title in the PCCGB series.
Also looking forward to getting the new season underway is Lewis Plato , he told us: “Now I’m working under Nick Tandy I couldn’t be in a better position to give Dan Cammish a run for his money, I’m not here to come second. Its a busy pro grid this season, but its looking good, things really couldn’t be better”.
Plato signed with Tandy led team JTR at the end of last year, joining him is last year’s runner up Dino Zamparelli. And with the addition of former GP2 and Formula Renault series driver Tio Ellinas in his debut Porsche Carrera Cup GB season, JTR looks very much like the team to watch in 2017.
In his final year on the PCCGB scholarship programme is Charlie Eastwood, last years rookie class champ finished the 2016 season off with a win at Brands Hatch and 3rd overall in the Pro class standings. After the latest test at Donington, Eastwood consistently maintained a rapid pace, just points of a second behind Dan Cammish and Dino Zamparelli.
In Pro-Am2 it was announced that Peter Kyle-Henney joins Pro Tom Wrigley at In2Racing. Kyle-Henney’s performance last year found him in overall second place in the class. The physicist debuted in the series at Le Mans in 2014 after only 14 months racing in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
Also out in the Pro-Am2 class is Iain Dockerill, who achieved 6 podiums last season. With less than a week to go before the season launch Dockerill’s car underwent a major rebuild. The launch being the first shakedown with the newly fitted engine. Dockerill has previously raced in Belgian Touring Cars, the Blancpain Endurance Series and GT3 before moving over to Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2015.
As a support race for British Touring Cars, and one round as support at Le Mans, the Carrera Cup GB continues to grow, reaching huge audiences and has been a springboard for many successful drivers, since its debut season in 2003.
2017 looks set to be a great year, with a busy grid and a lot of talent, incredible racing is guaranteed.
Allison Remzi All images ©Andy Fitzpatrick