Dino Zamparelli and Chris Car put in another battling performance in the British GT Championship as they travelled to Donington Park at the weekend (June 22/23).
At the first of two visits to the circuit this season, the pair continued to work with their GT Marques team to try and find the ideal setup for their Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and finished an eventual 18th place in the two-hour race.
Chris started the contest and had another good stint behind the wheel, doing well to manage not only his own race but also deal with quicker GT3 cars making their way past on a tighter circuit than last time out.
After the mid-race pit stop, Dino took over driving duties and set lap times comparable with the quickest cars in class, proving the hard work of both drivers and the team is paying off each time out.
Next up in the British GT Championship is a trip to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for a two-hour race around the 4.352-mile home of the Belgian Grand Prix over the weekend of July 20-21.
“We’re still struggling with the balance of the car and working to find the sweet spot. We spend a lot of time working on Chris’ driving, so we just need to make sure the car is in the right place for him too.
“Chris drove really well this weekend and he was closer to my times than at Silverstone and had a really good stint, so we are pleased about his performance. We had some good pace at the end of the race, compared to the front runners in GT4, and we kept it clean. We just need to put it all together.
“We are making progress. It might feel like we aren’t, but we are, and we just need to be patient. We’re learning a lot all the time and Chris, for example, is dealing with the traffic much better than he was and his understanding of the car, how to drive a tricky car, and how to drive a good car is increasing. We’re getting closer and closer and it’s only a small gap to make up so hopefully by the next one at Spa we’ll be that bit nearer to our goal.”
“It was tricky, but I am happy with how we are progressing each race weekend. It doesn’t feel like we are far away from getting the car to a place where we are really happy with it which is encouraging.
“I feel like I am getting better at my race management with each lap I complete, and Dino is continuing to work with me on my driving as well. There is no substitute for experience on track so doing these one-hour stints, while hard work, can only benefit me.
“It’s a learning process not only for me but for us all in this championship and with this car.”