Double Podium Thwarted By Technical Penalty

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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.