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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.

Zamparelli Fights to 2nd Overall at Prestigious Le Mans Carrera Cup Race

We are so proud of Dino Zamparelli, who produced an outstanding performance to claim 2nd overall at the Carrera Cup support race at the Le Mans circuit in France.

Arguably the biggest race of the year, with over 61 cars gridded up at Le Mans to support the main race on Saturday, this was definitely a race the 24 year old Bristol driver was aiming to impress at.

With hot temperatures greeting all 61 drivers from France, Belgium and the UK, it was going to be a tough 45 minute race on Saturday. Zamparelli started in 2nd place, with a solid qualifying effort on Thursday previously.

Zamparelli was sat in 3rd place on the final lap, but would keep his head to move up to 2nd with an opportunistic move into the Porsche Curves section. He would then have a good run through the final section before crossing the line 0.6 tenths down on the winner, also from Porsche GB, Dan Cammish.

Dino commented “Le Mans is such a special circuit – I had great fun learning it and driving it. It’s a 4 minute lap, which is crazy in itself. The highlight for me was being fastest in Free Practice, and being only 0.016 off Pole position! The race itself was another highlight and as I say, I’m proud of what we achieved here and confident going into the second half of the Carrera Cup GB Championship.”

The next round of the Championship takes place at Snetterton on the 29th/30th July 2017.

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Dino Bounces Back With Double 2nd Place

Dino Zamparelli produced his best weekend of the year to take two 2nd place finishes during rounds 5 & 6 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, to bounce back from the disappointment at Donington Park in April.

Oulton Park in Cheshire, would play hose to rounds 5 & 6 of the championship and despite Practice being set in the summer heat, Saturday morning qualifying was a wet affair. This was to be the first wet qualifying session of the year, and the 24 year Bristol driver produced a solid display with 2nd fastest time, being pipped by rival Dan Cammish in the final few moments for pole.

For Round 5, Zamparelli made a strong getaway from the outside on the rolling start, and would tuck behind Dan Cammish into turn one. However, a huge incident behind with over 10 cars involved, would cause a lengthy stoppage to the race. Thankfully none of the drivers were injured in the crash, and the race was able to be resumed after the delay.

It was a full restart and Dino once again tucked in to 2nd place behind Dan Cammish. From there, the pair traded fastest laps before crossing the line as they were, in a slightly shortened opening race.

For the second race of the weekend, which again took place in sunny conditions on Sunday afternoon, Zamparelli would once again make a solid start off the line and consolidate 2nd place at the start. This time, his times were seemingly not as fast as the leader Dan Cammish, and the top 3 would play out a stalemate race throughout the duration.

Despite a bit of pressure from 3rd place man Eastwood at times during the race, Zamparelli produced another solid defensive drive and comfortably finished 2nd place for the second weekend encounter.

Rounds 7 & 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship take place at Le Mans on the 17th/18th of June 2017.

Double Podium Thwarted By Technical Penalty

Our feelings go out to Dino Zamparelli as he endured a frustrating post-race penalty in Round 3. Despite crossing the line in 2nd place and with fastest lap, the result would be a disqualification, awarding nil points. A team error proving costly in both the weekend and championship efforts.

Looking for no errors and an improvement on his 5th place and 3rd place finishes in the opening two races, Zamparelli was eager to get some wins under his belt. However, still not 100% with the balance of his JTR run Porsche Carrera Cup, Zamparelli would qualify 3rd position for both races.

Race 1:

The first race took place under sunny conditions and Dino made a good getaway from 3rd place. With an almighty battle shaping up for 2nd, Zamparelli was able to dart around the outside of his team mate at the first corner, with the breathtaking move securing 2nd place. From there, he set about some quick laps and set the fastest lap of the race, but eventually ran out of laps. He said of his podium:

“I was fairly happy with 2nd place as I felt really fast and was catching the leader. However, the laps were running out too fast and he had built up a big gap after I overtook my team mate. Nonetheless, it’s an improvement and we’re happy with the points.”

However, disaster struck later on Saturday evening as two of the three JTR run Porsche’s were found to have a wrong setting, thus running outside the safety regulations and resulting in both cars being excluded from the results of Round 3 of the championship. No points were therefore awarded to either drivers, despite neither having any idea of the technical infringement.

Race 2:

The Sunday race proved to be a more difficult affair, but a podium was small consolation for TeamDino, as he fought to a struggling 3rd place, seemingly lacking from a decent balance after the team changed the settings to fall back within the right rules. A defensive masterclass against his rival Dan Cammish was the small highlight as Zamparelli explains:

Rounds 5 & 6 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship will take place at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire on the 20th/21st of May 2017 and Dino will come back stronger.

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Zamparelli Claims Podium At Season Opener

Zamparelli Claims Podium At Season Opener

Dino Zamparelli took a hard fought podium place during the season opener at Brands Hatch to commence his campaign with a 5th in Race One, and a 3rd in Race Two, ending the weekend 3rd overall.

“I was quickest in Friday Free Practice, but not by much, and I was 4th in Qualifying, again off pole by not much. We didn’t quite nail it and we feel as a team we know why that was. We can’t be too unhappy, it’s our first Qualifying session of the year together and we’ll need time to get things spot on. I was obviously frustrated to miss out by less than a tenth, but that’s how it goes. The car had the potential to be on pole, we just didn’t line everything up. We know what to do for next time.”

Race 1: 5th

 

Zamparelli would line up in 4th spot on the grid, and make a sluggish start for the first race, which was a rolling start. Seemingly getting pushed out a bit wide on turn 1, he would lose a position early on and settle into 5th place.

 

After several early laps, the Bristol racer’s pace was evident, as he hounded 4th place and made a brilliant move down the inside of Tom Oliphant (Redline Racing) for 4th place. Dino then pulled clear and set about chasing his team mate down for 3rd place. However, whilst he managed to catch his team mate Lewis Plato, he would then make a mistake and run wide in Turn 1. This allowed two cars to overtake and Zamparelli would fall back to 6th place.

 

Undettered, Zamparelli got back on the road quickly re-overtook for 5th place before crossing the line in 5th overall. He said:

 

“Well it was an eventful race that’s for sure! It was a shame because we had so much pace compared to everyone else! The car was really good and I just made that small mistake in the first corner which sent me wide into the gravel. I managed to recover and in the end I only lost one position.”

 

“I am however pleased with my performance, despite the mistake, as I was driving hard and fast, and the car was allowing me to push the boundaries. It’s so hard to overtake around Brands Hatch, but this all bodes well for the future races.”

 

Race 2: 3rd (+Fastest Lap)

 

The second race of the day was entertained live on ITV4 and as in race 1, the sun was shining brightly. Zamparelli made a fast start from 4th place on the grid, this time the race was a standing start, and the 24 year old from Bristol made it up into 3rd place after the first corners.

 

From there, he pumped in some fastest laps of the race to hound the top 2, but nothing was giving. Around a difficult circuit to overtake, Zamparelli would be forced to settle for a podium spot and the fastest lap.

“However, in summary, it’s been a positive start to the season. Whilst it was not perfect, we must remember that the top 2 in these races were there last year with their respective team. My team, JTR, and I are working well and still need time to gel. We have lots and lots of things we must improve on for the next race – so when you consider that we have space to improve, 3rd and 5th with a fastest lap really isn’t a bad start.”

 

“It’s onwards and upwards from here.”

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Ben Tunnicliffe Senen Cove Renews Sponsorship of Dino Zamparelli and DZ Racing for 2017!

2017 marks the start of a new chapter, a new season and a fresh start, and we are pleased to ‘Join the Journey’ and to partner with Dino Zamperelli for our second season.

In 2016 Dino’s season took form, having 3 wins and 7 podiums out of 8 races. Dino had 5 fastest laps out of 8.  However Dino had problems with car during the second half ot the season, finishing 2nd overall.

This year Dino is back, with Nick Tandy by his side.  Nick won Le Mans 2015 in a works Porsche 919 Hybrid alongside Nico Hulkenburg and Earl Bamber becoming the latest in a long line of British drivers to the hardest race in the world. Nick’s own career is on the rise and has just been announced as Porsche works #1 car driver replacing the retired Mark Webber. He will lead the LMP1 team into Le Mans and the WEC again this year. In short, he is one of the fastest men within the Porsche family right now, and he’s now Dino’s team mentor and owner of JTR Racing – Dino’s new team.

The season starts on 2nd April at Brands Hatch and we here at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove are looking forward celebrating another successful year with Dino.

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Dino Zamparelli 2017 Season – March Update

March Update

The racing season is fast approaching and March has been a busy month so far for TeamDZ!

 

March the 8th saw the successful Launch Event at the Ashton Gate Stadium with Bristol Sport, supported by DMS LTD, Matthew Clark and Piper Heidsieck. With over 180 businesses and individuals in attendance, it’s safe to say it was our biggest event and great to see all of the support there on the night. We had some great race cars on show, which captured the eyes of lots of people. We’re looking forward to future events similar to this one in the near future…stay tuned!

 

In the mean time, Dino has also been out testing his brand new 911 Porsche Carrera Cup Car in its new white, black and multicoloured stripe livery! It’s looking fantastic on track, we must say. Progress during the winter testing programme has been pleasing Dino, as he explains:

 

“We’ve done 3 or 4 days with the new team, JTR, and I’m settling in well. It always takes a bit of time to get used to a few things and make sure we’re all happy. We’ve only got a week or so until the first round, so it’s come round really quickly! But we’re excited to get going and looking forward to attacking Brands Hatch!”

 

“I was really pleased with our launch event earlier in the month. We’ve signed up some great businesses to come on board The Sponsors Club, and I was delighted to announce my Partnership tie ups with DMS LTD, Bristol Sport, RSG Group, Eden Private Staff and Arbuthnot Latham Private Bankers for 2017.”

 

“It’s going to be a great year, and I’m raring to go!”

 

The first race takes place at the Brands Hatch circuit on the 1st/2nd April 2017.

 

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