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Countdown To Carrera Cup

The countdown is on to the start of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB 2015. Bristol Sport Racing’s Dino Zamparelli has had a successful month testing out his new Porsche in preparation for his opening race of the season at the beginning of April.

The 22-year-old driver has now completed test days at four of the seven circuits that he will be competing at, including the home of British racing, Silverstone.

During a Porsche training day there, Dino met up with former Formula 1 star Mark Webber, who made the move from F1 to sports cars last year, representing Porsche in the World Endurance Championship.

“I’ve met Mark a few times already and he’s a great person to learn from. Obviously he’s achieved a lot in his career and successfully made that transition to sports car racing.” Zamparelli told Bristol Sport.

“Being able to get his insight into how to handle certain aspects of motor-racing like team dynamics, coming back from injury is really helpful and quite inspiring.

“A few of us were invited to attend the training day at Silverstone’s Porsche Human Performance Centre. It’s always really beneficial to come together as a team and learn new things.

“There was a lot of focus on training exercises, running etc but also nutritional guidance too. It all goes to help you put in the best performance possible.”

With the first race of the season at Brands Hatch just a few weeks away test days are crucial.  After completing a dry day of testing at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit on Thursday, Zamparelli said it is a challenge adjusting to the new tracks. Fortunately the Bristol Sport driver is racing with Parr Motorsport who are veterans of the circuit and the championship.

“Tracks are a lot smaller here in the UK, there’s a lot less run-off than in Europe so I’m getting used to that. The main thing is there is no room for error. In Europe you have room for run-off, whereas here in Britain if you make a mistake you hit a wall!

“Climate has also been interesting! It’s been so cold recently which has meant that you are not racing at the temperature you will be come the main part of the season, or at least hopefully not!

“Ideally we will be racing in around ambient temperatures of 18-20 degrees whereas we’ve been testing in half that so the tyres aren’t at the ideal temperature which means you don’t get a clear idea of how the car will handle or perform in the warmer weather. It’s a challenge but I can’t wait for it to begin!”

“Overall I’m happy with where we are right now. The Parr team is really helpful and experienced and we’re working well together. I’m really happy with how we’ve performed.

“The first official testing day in the Porsche is on the 17th of March, so we're gearing up for that and we'll know then how competitive we are!"

The Carrera Cup GB Championship will be contested over 16 races and eight weekends, and continues to support the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at seven circuits. It can be seen live on ITV4 or alternatively Bristol Sport Racing can offer hospitality packages. For more information click here.

2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Opening Race: 4th/5th April, Brands Hatch, Kent.

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