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Zamparelli Ends Up Vice-Champion Despite Being Tied On Points With Champion

It’s been a strong year, and one of the best in Dino’s career to date and as proud supporters we are excited to see what the future brings now for Dino…

Dino Zamparelli endured a frustrating end to his race season, cutting the 4 point gap to no points after 15 races, but with Eastwood claiming one more win over the season, the Champion was decided on who had more wins on countback.

Zamparelli did everything right on Saturday, Qualifying in 3rd and 2nd place, one place ahead of his championship rival Charlie Eastwood. With only 4 points separating the pair, it was going to be a case of who finished ahead of who for the title.

Round 14 took place in wet & damp conditions, and unfortunately for the 24-year-old Bristol racer, came 5th after an early mistake, Eastwood finished up 4th place.

For the final race of the 2017 season, Zamparelli made a strong start from 2nd place and slotted in behind the pole man. Eastwood ran wide at turn 2 and fell back to 6th place. If the positions had stayed like that, Zamparelli would have been crowned champion with 2 more points than Eastwood. However, Eastwood and his teammate would swap places several times during the 30-minute encounter, with the former ending up in 5th place across the line.

A disappointed Zamparelli explains: “That’s racing, that’s life and that’s sport. I crossed the line having given everything to try and win the race.”

“It has been a great season. I’m naturally gutted to not have won it, but we’ve claimed something like 13 out of 15 podiums, with eight 2nd place finishes, three wins, and two 3rd place finishes. That’s not a bad year’s work with a brand new Porsche team – I’ll hold my head up high and be proud of my year.”

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Proud supporters of Dino Zamparelli as he claims both race victories at Silverstone

Dino Zamparelli drove two faultless races to claim both victories during the penultimate round of the Porsche Carrera Cup 2017. Starting the weekend 14 points behind championship leader Charlie Eastwood, Zamparelli moved to within just 4 points with one round remaining at Brands Hatch on the 1st of October.

The weekend started out well, with the 24-year-old showing strong pace during the Free Practice sessions, before going on to claim a 2nd and 4th place for the two races on Sunday. It was by no means the perfect qualifying session but Zamparelli was in ambitious mood before the two races:

“We didn’t quite have the pace yet again in Qualifying. We’re just struggling to unlock that final tenth out of our package. It’s all really close, but the two times I set were only good enough for 2nd and 4th. Still, I’m excited to push on for the races and see how we get on. I won’t be sitting back.”

Dino remained calm throughout the two races, claiming victories as crossed the line in both races ahead of his teammate Ellinas and championship rival Eastwood, to take the win and close the championship gap to just 4 points.

He said “What an immense weekend it’s been. We’ve had over one hundred sponsors and guests all watching and supporting me this weekend at the home of British Motor racing! It was a crazy couple of races and I’m proud I could take both victories and give all my sponsors and guests something to cheer about! We’re right in this championship and we’ll keep pushing on with the final round at Brands Hatch to go.”

He added: “I’m not focussed on the points or the championship. This championship is Charlie Eastwood’s to lose, not mine. We’re just having some fun and claiming podiums and wins. I’ll be entirely locked in on trying to win at Brands Hatch, and naturally, will start by trying to unlock our Qualifying pace.”

The final rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, 14 & 15, take place at Brands Hatch on the 1st of October 2017. 

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Zamparelli Ignites Title Hopes With Double 2nd Place at Knockhill

Dino Zamparelli produced another solid display at the Knockhill circuit on the weekend to finish 2nd place in both encounters, to not only move up to 2nd in the championship standings, but also confirm his title aspirations with two rounds to go.

Saturday Qualifying would always prove to be a tight affair, with a 50 second lap and only 5 corners, all drivers would be gunning for pole position. Zamparelli would qualify on the second row and in 3rd place, 0.060 off the front. He said of qualifying:

Round 10 saw the Bristol driver leap into 2nd place after a good rolling start launch, and a dive up the inside of turn 1. From there, he set some quick laps to stay in touch with the leader, but with no change throughout the 30 minutes, Zamparelli would cross the line in 2nd place. He said:

“It was a tough race as we didn’t quite have the balance in the race unfortunately. I made a strong start and went into turn 1 really committed. I moved straight into 2nd place and then set about catching and putting pressure on Dan (Cammish). There were a couple of times we got really close with backmarkers and so on, but we didn’t have the ultimate pace to win so we have to change the car and go again for race 2.”

The top 3 would yo yo throughout the race, but it was on the penultimate lap that it all kicked off. The leader, Charlie Eastwood, was struggling, and his team mate Dan Cammish went for a move on the straight, only to be ushered off the circuit by his team mate, causing the latter to crash out into the barriers.

This meant that leading onto the final lap, Zamparelli found himself in 2nd place now and challenging for the lead side by side with Eastwood. A switch back move into turn 1 looked on for a moment, only for the door to be closed and a short 45 seconds later, Zamparelli crossed the line a close 2nd place behind championship rival Eastwood.

Dino explains: “That was a bit of a crazy one. I’m not sure Eastwood will/should get away with what he did to Dan. In my opinion, he’s just fired him off the circuit and caused him to crash. I had this at the back of my mind onto the last lap and thought he would be in for a penalty.

“A couple of 2nd place finishes is decent at one of my weakest circuits, and I’m really excited to go to the final two rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. The car and myself will be super strong I’m sure, and we’re right in the thick of this championship battle. So we’ll be pushing and pushing right until the very end.”

Rounds 12 & 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship take place at Silverstone on the 17th of September 2017.

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Zamparelli Snatches His First Win at Snetterton


As proud sponsors of Dino Zamparelli  it was great to see him take a win and a 2nd place, scoring 38 out of a possible 40 points during rounds 8 & 9 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship at Snetterton.

Qualifying took place under sunny conditions on Saturday and with chief rival Dan Cammish having to miss the round due to European commitments, Zamparelli knew it was a big chance to make some ground up in the Championship battle, but it was Charlie Eastwood who took pole.

Once again, the sun came out on race day and the 20 strong Porsche Carrera Cup grid would blast off the line for round 8 and race one of the day. It soon became a tactical battle between the top two, with Zamparelli slotting in behind Eastwood. The pair would trade fastest lap after fastest lap, but with no mistakes from either, it would remain stalemate with Eastwood crossing the line 0.9 tenths ahead of Dino, who despite taking the fastest lap, couldn’t mount a serious challenge for the lead.

For Round 9, and race two of the weekend, Zamparelli would once again make a steady start, slotting in behind the pole man Eastwood off the line. This time however, Zamparelli was able to keep up a strong pace throughout the race.

With Zamparelli now posting fastest lap time, the pressure got all too much for the leader and Eastwood made a mistake in turn 2 on lap 12 of 14. Zamparelli dummied his car to the inside and Eastwood took the bait, distracted, he locked the rear tyres and ran wide. This allowed for Zamparelli to cut to the inside and firmly shut the door to take the lead with only two laps remaining.

From there, Zamparelli looked untouchable and crossed the line over a second ahead of his rivals to take the first win of the year, as well as JTR’s first win in Porsche Carrera Cup.

We now look forward to rounds 10 & 11 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship taking place at Knockhill in Scotland on the 12th/13th August 2017.

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Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove – Revved up for La Dolce Vita

Three car rallies featuring a mix of some of the most beautiful cars have picked Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove as a stunning destination and helped kick off the new Spring / Summer season. All rallies were inspired by the participant’s love of wonderful countryside, fabulous coastal roads and views and quality food and fabulous wine – la dolce vita!
The first rally in March was designed and developed around Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove being the final destination and a fabulous gourmet dinner cooked by Ben and the fabulous Sennen team. Running over three nights, the rally started at the home of British motorsport – Silverstone, heading on to Bristol via the Cotswolds and then on to explore the glorious Quatnocks and onto Cornwall along the Atlantic Coast.

In May we hosted two further rallies, both based in the South West, the St Mawes Classic Car Festival and the Pendennis Shipyard Limited ‘Surf and Turf’ Classic Car Rally.  One rally where guests basked in the glorious sunshine, roofs down in convertibles and the second where the damper weather didn’t dampen spirits and added to the sense of camaraderie for all.

No matter what the weather Sennen Cove is still the perfect destination. Whether it is Jaguar E-Types, Porsches, Bentleys, Corvettes or Morgan’s, Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove is a real destination to arrive and celebrate in style.

Silverstone to Sennen Rally 2017

Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove teamed up with the Drivers Room and Arbuthnot Latham, Private Bankers, to organise a car tour proudly known as the tour from Silverstone to Sennen .

March 15th saw this adventure begin at the location of Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa. Steeped in tradition and history, Fawsley Hall, based in Northamptonshire, was a home built for entertaining with Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and other monarchs all enjoying its fine hospitality over the years, and now, the Silverstone to Sennen Tour.

Up at the crack of dawn the next morning, the cold engines of the cars, ranging from F-Type jaguars, to Bentley Continental Speed’s and Porsche’s, including a stunning GT3, roared to a start as guests headed down the winding country roads, from Fawsley Hall to the home of British Racing, Silverstone. Here they began at the Porsche Experience Centre.

With the opportunity to drive a Porsche 911, Cayman and Boxter around the centre circuit, designed to test their skills on the kick back plates and skid pan runway, along with an instructor, guests were able to give each other a sneak preview of their driving capabilities.

Following this, guests ventured to Cadbury House Hotel on the outskirts of Bristol, only to be greeted in true country style by the hotel’s Guinea Foul roaming the grounds. With truly breath-taking views across North Somerset and the Bristol Channel.

Day two offered some truly breath-taking coastal roads including the Atlantic highway, all the way down ending up in Penzance.

Penzance offered our guests two stunning boutique hotels in Chapel House and the Artist Residence, epitomising everything that you would want from a coastal South West hotel. Chapel House, a historic boutique hotel blends Georgian style and architecture with contemporary comfort, whilst Artist Residence is tucked away in a historic Georgian House and offers a fun & friendly boutique retreat.

It was only natural that dinner was held at here at Ben Tunicliffe Sennen Cove. Where Ben, joined guests for the reception and congratulated them on their successful arrival, before sitting them down to talk through the five course meal and wine pairing that lay ahead of them. Using all local ingredients, Ben and his team of chefs prepared a mouth-watering meal ranging from seared scallops and sole, to a beautiful loin of venison and a particularly beautiful nutmeg custard tart.

Five courses, wine and Champagne later and the Silverstone to Sennen tour 2017 had officially come to an end.

It’s only now that we can reflect on the beauty that our island that is Britain has to offer. So many of us spend our lives going up and down the motorway, from A to B, rushing and commuting and moaning about the English weather. When you stop, explore and open your eyes, you realise that beauty is all around us, especially along the South Coast, and Sennen Cove.


Behind the scenes of Silverstone to Sennen 2017

The days are getting ever so slightly longer, the evenings so slightly lighter and the temperature is… well it is the UK, so who is ever to know whether it is rising or falling. All of these factors are exactly what the Drivers Room and Arbuthnot Latham teams need as they continue planning the Silverstone to Sennen Cove 2017 Tour.
Behind the scenes the tour team are working hard to get the final preparations underway, including last adjustments to the route and road book, menu decisions and those all-important finishing touches to make the event one to remember.
The Silverstone to Sennen tour will take guests on a journey fuelled equally both by horse power and petrol, as well as culinary delights and a Michelin Starred Chef.
Starting at Silverstone with a breakfast reception and lunch at the Porsche Experience Centre, guests will have the opportunity to drive a Porsche 911, Cayman and Boxter around the centre circuit, designed to test their skills, along with an instructor. Following this, guests will venture to a hotel outside Bristol for an overnight stay, before heading further down through the South West, ending up in the stunning unspoilt bay in West Cornwall, Sennen Cove.
For those of you that may be reading this wondering if it is too late to sign up to join us on this journey, there are few spaces left for grabs and filling quickly! Any enquiries please email silverstonetosennen@arbuthnot.co.uk stating your interest and our team will be in touch with additional information.
We look forward to sharing more on how our guests got on during and after the tour, taking place from the 15-18th March.
For more information see our announcement of the Silverstone to Sennen Car Tour here.