Dan Cammish believes his prospects of a move into GT racing next year are slim, despite wrapping up his second straight Porsche Carrera Cup GB title with a round to spare last weekend.
The 27-year-old has won 23 out of his 32 Carrera Cup GB races stretching back to 2014 and was rewarded for his prowess by Konrard Motorsport with a one-off Blancpain outing at Silverstone, where he finished 24th. However, Cammish told Racing.GT that he is most likely to remain on the TOCA package in the British Touring Car Championship.
“There are a couple of GT teams that I’m trying to speak to and see if we can get a foot in the door, but at the moment that’s going to seem more difficult than a touring car future,” said Cammish, who is managed by former BTCC and Carrera Cup champion Tim Harvey.
“Unless someone comes out of the woodwork and wants to take a gamble on me, it’s probably going to be touring cars – it looks like there’s some opportunities there, which would be great. In the touring car you can sell yourself, you sell personal sponsorship. You might not get paid by the team, but you can get paid if you’re selling your image rights, which you can’t do so much in GT racing because it’s much more a manufacturer-driven.”
Cammish’s only other experience in GTs came with the Team Parker Racing-run GT4 Porsche in 2014, but a return to the Pro-Am ranks isn’t being considered at this stage.
“I enjoyed the racing, it’s pretty fierce, there are some great drivers and the cars are mega, but the problem I’ve found with GT racing is that it inevitably comes down to the BOP, which means you’re a pawn in a bigger game,” he continued. You’re fast one weekend, slow the next and you can get lost very quickly, so I’d want to go in with the right team as a proper professional.”
Really pleased with my debut stint in GT3. Was quick and moved the car forward with some decent overtakes. Thank god it’s in 1 piece .#GT3
— Daniel Cammish (@DanCammish) May 15, 2016
Cammish had hoped to pursue opportunities on the Porsche ladder, but doesn’t have the financial backing to advance to the Supercup and is too old to be entered into the shootout for Porsche’s Junior scheme. Controversially, Josh Webster was sent in his place last year, while Dino Zamparelli will represent the Carrera Cup GB this year.
Porsche’s current Juniors Sven Muller, Matteo Cairoli, Mathieu Jaminet and Denis Olsen are aged 24, 20, 21 and 20 respectively.
“The issue I’m having is that I can’t get to Supercup,” Cammish laments. “If I’d been a couple of years younger then I’d have got there for sure and things might be different, but I don’t think I’m going to get there now.
“This is the second year that I’m not going to the shootout for the scholarship because I’m too old, which is frustrating when you consider last year I was 26, the same age as Nick Tandy was when he started racing Porsches.
“It’s not even just about me, it’s about how it looks to everyone else – it basically says if you’re over 24 years old then Porsche aren’t interested in you, which is the wrong image to send out. It’s a shame.”