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Tough Start For Zamparelli In Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Dino Zamparelli endured a difficult opening weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Brands Hatch but says the team will get it right for Belgium.

It was an action packed weekend at Brands Hatch for the opening race of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. With 30 cars lined up on the grid for the UK’s foremost one-make race series it was always going to be a tough introduction to sports car racing for Zamparelli and so it proved.

Changeable weather conditions resulted in some difficulties for the Parr Motorsport team as all four of its drivers struggled to post competitive qualifying laps.

Speaking after the weekend the Bristol-based driver said: “To go from P2 in free practice to P12 in qualifying was really frustrating and certainly something that we as a team have learnt from.”

The 22-year-old driver unable to convert practice to pole and lined up eventually in 12th for the opening race on Saturday.

“The one thing I really needed to do was get out in front and early on. With this number of cars lined up, jostling for position on a track that is difficult to overtake on, it is imperative if you are to stand a good chance of avoiding a collision. Sadly starting in 12th meant I was always going to be in some danger.” Said Zamparelli.

“I was pleased to fight my way up to ninth but then on the last lap someone clipped me from behind and bumped me back to an 11th place finishing with five points. Frustrating but it is something I need to adapt to.”

Sunday’s race saw Dino start in 12th once again. Disaster struck on the opening corner as he was rear-ended off the track and into the gravel and unable to finish.

“It was hugely disappointing but it goes to show I have to start higher up the grid to reduce the risk of collisions. It was frustrating to go so well in practice and not be able to convert that.

“We can take a lot of positives out of this weekend as we know just how fast the car is and how competitive we can be as a team. At Spa we need to build on this and secure a front row spot.

“Once the race starts we’re not always in control, but I’m learning more and more about the car. We will get it right in Belgium.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup now moves to Belgium with two races at the Spa Circuit on May 1st / 2nd. Broadcast live on ITV4 Zamparelli will be hoping to make a big impact and secure his first pole and podium.

Round One Results*:

Pro Category:             1 Dan Cammish; 2 Stephen Jelley; 3 Michael Meadows

Pro-Am1 Category:   1 Jordan Witt; 2 Ignas Gelzinis; 3 Karl Leonard

Pro-Am2 Category    1 Iain Dockerill; 2 Paul McKay; 3 Francis Galashan

Round Two Results*:

Pro Category:             1 Dan Cammish; 2 Michael Meadows; 3 Josh Webster

Pro-Am1 Category:   1 Ignas Gelzinis

Pro-Am2 Category:   1 John McCullagh; 2 Shamus Jennings; 3 Scott Marshall

Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Points After Round Two*:

Pro Category:             Dan Cammish 40; Stephen Jelley 36; Michael Meadows 34

Pro-Am1 Category:   Ignas Gelzinis 19; Jordan Witt 13; Karl Leonard 8

Pro-Am2 Category:   Iain Dockerill 15; Paul McKay 15; Francis Galashan 15

* All race results are provisional until confirmed and published on Porsche.co.uk/CarreraCupGB

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