Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Dan Cammish hopes that a one-off outing in the Blancpain Endurance Cup with Konrad Motorsport this weekend can lead to further GT3 opportunities in future.
The Yorkshireman is well-known to team patron Franz Konrad – having driven for him twice last year in the German Carrera Cup – and will benefit from working with his regular Carrera Cup GB engineer Frank Funke, but has yet to drive the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 he is due to share with Christopher Zochling and Jules Gounon.
Nonetheless, Cammish is confident that his inexperience with the car won’t prove a stumbling block and that the Huracan’s renowned accessibility for amateur drivers will allow him to quickly get up to speed at a circuit where he has already won twice this season.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself because it’s my first time in a car like this, but from what I’ve heard they’re pretty easy to get within a second and then it’s that last little bit that takes some time,” said Cammish. “It accelerates better, stops better and it’s going to have some more aero, it’s probably three seconds a lap quicker, maybe a touch more, but I’m sure I’ll be able to figure it out.
Several calendar clashes between his Carrera Cup GB campaign and remaining Blancpain rounds mean it is uncertain whether further opportunities will arise this season, but Cammish is determined to make a lasting impression ahead of a potential full-time switch to GTs in 2017.
“The only person that calls me with opportunities is Franz, I think he’s the only guy that’s got my phone number!” he joked. “I know I’ve got to make the most of it because he’s the guy that helped Nick Tandy and he knows enough people to help me if I can put my mind to it.
“It’s a good opportunity to show what I can do and hopefully it won’t be the last time I get in a GT3 car this year, although there are a number of clashes with the UK programme. For me the most important thing is being in the right place for 2017. I’m happy where I am this year, I could just use a couple of outings in the GT3 to get me up to speed and then next year hopefully have a programme in place that I can succeed in.”