Led by Porsche Team LMP1 factory driver and 2015 Le Mans winner Nick Tandy, JTR earlier announced 2016 Pro category driver Lewis Plato would be joining the team, making Zamparelli the second front runner to be signed to the squad. In 2016, Zamparelli pushed eventual champion Dan Cammish hard for the first half of the season, securing three wins and seven podium finishes as he closed to within three points of the championship lead.
For the Bristol racing driver, moving to JTR represents a renewed focus on the 2017 title: “I’m really excited to be joining JTR for 2017. Nick Tandy obviously needs no introduction, and his depth of knowledge in Porsche and specifically in a Carrera Cup car, is so invaluable. Having him as the team mentor and leader is so important; he’s a winner and we want to go and win in 2017.
“Nick has been with Porsche for several years and started out where we are now, the Porsche Carrera Cup in Great Britain. To have someone like Nick who’s done it, gone up the ladder and is now a Porsche Factory driver, is a big thing for me. I like the fact that the team will be coming in with a fresh approach and together with my knowledge, we will look to build some big success together in 2017.”
For Tandy, having Zamparelli as part of the team’s debut Porsche season, puts them in a very strong position: “I’ve known Dino for a while and I spent some time coaching him a few years ago. He has a great pedigree in motorsport and we already had a relationship which saw a lot of success. When we announced the move into Porsches Dino approached us and we were very keen to talk to him.
Dino is a multiple Porsche Carrera Cup GB race winner and brings so many of the elements we would want from a driver within the team. His knowledge and experience from the past two seasons will add to our strength.”
Dino also highlighted the commercial advantages of signing with the 2015 overall Le Mans winner: “Le Mans is the hardest and most popular motor race in the world! So to have someone who has won the overall event with Porsche Motorsport is a massive commercial benefit. We’ll be doing lots of networking events with our partners and sponsors this year, and really building the network up with everyone on board the journey together.”
“I’m delighted to announce the partnership of a title sponsor with South-West based Disc Manufacturing Services (DMS) who manufacture Vinyl records, CD, DVD and printed packaging for the music industry around the world and who are looking forward to bringing the ‘off track’ entertainment factor to my 2017 title challenge”.
“In addition, Bristol Sport are once again returning to support and back me in 2017, and together we’re looking to work a lot on some great CSR and community led programmes, including the science and engineering side of motor sport to get youngsters inspired.
The first outing for Zamparelli and JTR will be at the official Porsche Carrera Cup GB Media Day on 13 March 2017.