Charlie Eastwood (Redline Racing) swept into the lead of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship with a second win at Donington in round four. The Porsche GB 2016 / 2017 Scholar converted pole position into an unchallenged drive to the flag for maximum points across the weekend.
While Eastwood stretched away at the front, he was unaware of the race unfolding behind him. Lewis Plato (JTR) made a good start, but team mate Zamparelli’s was even better. Zamparelli switched back to the outside for the first corner, which allowed the similarly fast starting Tom Oliphant (Redline Racing) to pass Zamparelli before having a look at Plato for good measure.
The pack fell into order, with Tio Ellinas (JTR) hounding Zamparelli for fourth, and Oliphant looking racy behind Plato for second. After looking around the outside of Redgate, Oliphant took second with a move on the approach to the chicane on lap two. This was short lived as Plato took the place back just one corner later, but a mistake for Plato at Coppice allowed Oliphant to reverse the positions once again and settle into second.
While the gap between Oliphant and Eastwood upfront stabilised, third placed Plato found himself in clean air with the main battle focusing on Zamparelli and Ellinas for fourth. This allowed Euan McKay (Redline Racing) and Rookie Tom Wrigley (IN2 Racing) to close right up, and brought a flying Dan Cammish (Redline Racing) into play.
Cammish had relentlessly been working his way through the field and by the fourth lap had already moved from 20th to 10th, and showed no sign of letting up. By mid-distance he had taken Euan McKay for sixth into Redgate, and on the next lap made the same move on Ellinas for fifth.
As Cammish set after Zamparelli, Oliphant was slowly falling back into the clutches of Plato, a slide at the Craner Curves caught beautifully, but giving Plato renewed hope. On lap 15, Plato passed Oliphant into Redgate for the final time, holding second to the flag and closing to within just 1.2 seconds of Eastwood.
Oliphant tried to retaliate around the Craner Curves, much as Plato had managed successfully earlier in the race, but lost momentum and ended up being shuffled down to sixth. The gainers were Zamparelli, who fought off an attacking Cammish through traffic to hold third with Cammish an impressive fourth, while Ellinas took fifth.
In Pro-Am1, Alex Martin (Team Parker Racing) managed to keep himself ahead of round three winner Peter Jennings (G-Cat Racing) to take his second category win of the season, while Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) once again added to his points tally in third. Holding third in the championship, however, was Graeme Mundy (Team Parker Racing) with another solid finish to make up for his round three disappointment.
The battling Pro-Am2 category was once again headed by Peter Kyle-Henney (IN2 Racing), the 2016 category runner-up showing his potential for 2017 and being awarded ‘Driver of the Weekend’. In second place was Shamus Jennings (G-Cat Racing), who had fought off category leader Peter Parsons (The Race Car Centre) to earn his place. Parsons made contact with Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) on the final lap to allow Rupert Martin (Team Parker Racing) through for his second category podium of 2017. Showing how competitive Pro-Am2 is, the top three drivers leave Donington tied on points.
Charlie Eastwood Redline Racing 76
Dan Cammish Redline Racing 72
Tom Oliphant Redline Racing 47
Alex Martin Team Parker Racing 38
Justin Sherwood Team Parker Racing 32
Graeme Mundy Team Parker Racing 21
Shamus Jennings G-Cat Racing 28
David Fairbrother Slidesports 28
Rupert Martin Team Parker Racing 28