#1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) - Redline Racing - Porsche Carrera Cup GB#1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) - Redline Racing - Porsche Carrera Cup GB Media Day. Silverstone Circuit Northamtonshire England. 23rd March 2016. Photo: Dave Ayres - Picturesports Whereas the 2016 racing season has officially started, the weeks leading up to Easter are normally where you will find the Media Days. This year we seem to have packed them in to the 4 days before Good Friday with Renault, BTCC, Formula MSA and Porsche have all held their 2016 launch days this week.
Media Days are an excellent opportunity to get images that just don’t fit in to a normal race weekend. Tracking shots for example are difficult (make that almost impossible) to work in to race day schedule. Teams who are normally fully focused on the objective of winning have more time and drivers on media days are in a very different mental place compared to the one you often find them in on race day.
It isn’t “all gravy” though. March in Northern Europe is a roller coaster of weather. A few days ago we were rejoicing in spring sunshine, but as I make my way through the road works to Silverstone for the Porsche Carrera Cup Media Day, I’m looking at slate grey skies and hoping it doesn‘t start to rain, which thankfully it didn’t.
#81 Euan MCKAY (GBR) - IN2 Racing - Porsche Carerra Cup GB#81 Euan MCKAY (GBR) - IN2 Racing - Porsche Carrera Cup GB Media Day. Silverstone Circuit Northamtonshire England. 23rd March 2016. Photo: Dave Ayres - Picturesports With the Carrera Cup opening weekend at Brands Hatch just a few days away on the 2nd and 3rd of April, you would think that everything by now would be locked down and ready. Alas it isn’t always so. A few cars are still waiting for the final stickers to be applied and a few of the drivers are doing their best to hide last year’s logos as their 2016 race suits haven’t yet arrived. It will be, as the saying goes, all right on the night or in our case race day.
With media duties completed, the pit lane settles down to an afternoon of testing, the first chance to see who has the basic setup nailed and who will be playing catch-up at Brands Hatch. Although the Carrera Cup is a one make series, there are levels within the series. The PRO drivers as you might expect are towards the top of the timing sheets with the series rookies Charlie Eastwood, Lewis Plato and Alessandro Latif all making top 5 appearances across the sessions. In the Pro-AM Classes Dan and Euan McKay made prominent appearances in their respective classes, along with Sean Hudspeth.
Add all the sessions together and it is the usual suspects of Dan Cammish, Tom Oliphant and Dino Zamparelli that close out to the top 3 places, split by 0.12 of a second. A sign of things to come? Perhaps, then again there is the Kimi Räikkönen view – and please read this in a stoic Finnish mono tone -“testing is just going around in circles”.