Dan Cammish faces the biggest season of his career in 2017 as he prepares to contest dual campaigns in the Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup GB, where he could become the first driver ever to win the title three times.
The 27-year-old had originally planned to switch to the British Touring Car Championship, but instead signed up for a full-season tilt at the Supercup with Lechner Racing, which has won six teams titles in the past seven years and delivered newly-appointed Porsche factory racer Sven Mueller to the drivers title this year.
Cammish hopes to emulate 2004 Carrera Cup champion Richard Westbrook, who went on to win the Supercup twice on his way to a professional career in GT racing, and is expected to prioritise his Supercup programme in the event of any clashes with the Carrera Cup GB.
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“To be honest we’d stopped looking at Supercup, because we thought maybe the time had passed. Nobody had got on the phone with me to talk about it and we were focused on going touring car racing from the middle of the Carrera Cup season,” said Cammish, who raced a Team Parker Racing Porsche in British GT in 2014. “But when I spoke to Walter [Lechner], he said ‘I’m surprised it took you so long to contact me’, so maybe there’s a lesson there – don’t expect things to come to you!
“Next year is a big year for me. If I can win and do a good job, then maybe I can go onto bigger and better things again, so we’re all behind next year and giving it everything we’ve got for one last time. I’ll be 28 once the flag drops next year, so I’ve got one year to impress and then I’ll see if I can put myself in a proper GT works deal the year after.
“I’ve never been one to hide from the challenge and I’ve always wanted to see how far my talent can take me. The best GT guys are the best for a reason and if you want to get paid then you’ve got to be the best, that’s just the way it is.”
Despite his unparalleled success in the British championship, winning 24 times in 34 starts, Cammish has yet to finish higher than ninth on his two previous Supercup outings at Silverstone with Redline Racing.
However, with the expertise of Lechner’s team at his disposal and the playing field levelled by the introduction of new four-litre engines and revised front-aero for 2017, Cammish is optimistic of launching a title challenge.
“The thing about doing it only once a year is the amount of pressure I put on myself is just too much, it’s crushed me for the last two years,” he admits. “This year I was a bit unfortunate in qualifying because I got held up on my best lap which would have put me slightly higher up the grid, but the UK race is so tough anyway, there were really good guys like [Christian] Engelhart and [Michael] Ammermuller who were struggling to get in the top ten – they go to some other races and they’re in the top three.
“But I’ve never really competed against those guys in the same car. I’ve done it with Redline and they are the best team in the UK, but I’ve never had the chance to drive a Lechner car or a Project 1 car before. Next year is my big year – I’ll have all the same equipment, all the data and all the right people around me, lots of time in the car, so there’s no excuses for me. I’ve got a good test programme, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”
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The 2016 Supercup was dominated by Porsche Juniors, with Mueller, Matteo Cairoli and Mathieu Jaminet locking out the top three spots in the championship and winning all ten races between them. Though Cammish doesn’t expect to have an easy run at the title, he is confident that he won’t be overawed by Porsche’s young stars.
“I’ve been offered such a great deal by Walter Lechner, he obviously believes in me and thinks I can do a good job, otherwise he wouldn’t have offered me it,” he said. “There’s some good guys in that championship, but no better than I am or what I can be. Jaminet is quick, but it’s about fractions – I missed out on pole at Silverstone by three tenths around a 2:05 lap.
“Next year I’ve got less time at work, more time on the track and more time at the gym, so it will be more difficult for sure, but I expect to mix it up.”