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Eastwood hoping to extend his championship advantage

 

By Sammy Hamill

While the champion was away, the pretenders to his crown had the opportunity to take advantage, and that's what Charlie Eastwood and Dino Zamparelli did in the GB Porsche Carrera Cup a fortnight ago.

Dan Cammish, the champion for the past two years, skipped the Snetterton rounds to race in the Porsche Supercup in Hungary, and his closest challengers seized the chance to overhaul him in the GB standings with a win and a second place each.

Now Eastwood tops the table, but the young Belfast driver is still kicking himself for missing out on a second double victory of the season. He won race one at Snetterton and led race two until three laps from the end when he locked the rear wheels down-shifting the gears and Zamparelli nipped past.

"It was frustrating not to achieve maximum points while Dan was away but we came out with the Championship lead so hopefully we can keep it until the end of the season," said last year's rookie champion.

But Cammish is back this weekend when the Porsche series moves to Knockhill, where it is one of the supporting acts to the British Touring Car Championship. Eastwood has a 15-point lead over his Redline Racing team-mate Cammish, 13 ahead of Zamparelli, with two more rounds scheduled for the rollercoaster Scottish circuit.

In action, too, will be Daniel Harper in the UK Ginetta Junior Championship. He sits in fourth place following two victories from three hard-fought races at Snetterton.

The 16-year-old from Hillsborough is 53 points behind leader Sebastien Priaulx, son of former World Tour Car champion Andy, but has far from given up the chase.

"Looking at the weekend overall, it's certainly been one of the best meetings of my car racing career so far with two wins and a fifth place, and I can't have many complaints at all as it's moved me 30 points closer to the top of the Championship standings," said Harper.

"There's a long way to go this season with 11 races left and we've started off the second half in really positive fashion. But the aim is to carry this momentum into Knockhill. We had the speed there last season and hopefully we can return to the top step of the podium."

Colin Turkington and his BTCC rivals headline the Knockhill bill, which will be broadcast live on ITV4 on Sunday.

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