1st October 2017: Charlie Eastwood is 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion. The thrilling season finale at Brands Hatch this weekend saw hard fought racing and determination shine through from the 2016/17 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar.
Following one of the most important qualifying sessions of the season, all three title contenders in the fastest single marque GT racing championship in the U.K., locked out the front two rows of the grid for rounds fourteen and fifteen at Brands Hatch circuit, Kent.
Championship leader Charlie (Redline Racing) started the penultimate race from P4, affording the Belfast man a good chance to defend his four-point dropped score advantage over his closest title rival, Dino Zamparelli who lined up alongside him on the grid.
The damp track presented tricky, greasy conditions that produced a frantic contest from the off. There were multiple changes in positions throughout the entire race, but Charlie hung on to an important points scoring fourth to boost him to a six points advantage over Zampareilli going in to the final event.
With the Redline Racing team securing the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Team Championship at the end of round 14, their tenth since the championship launched in 2003, the main Carrera Cup GB Drivers’ title went down to the very last lap of the very last race of the year. Starting from third, the Belfast man knew that the 2017 crown was within his grasp as the track and weather conditions grew worse. The leading pack of the 21 car field were locked in an intense battle of clean racing and after 17 laps Charlie crossed the line in P5, enough to secure the Championship victory and celebrate the end of his second successful year in Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
Charlie scored 228 points (dropped score) with more wins under his belt than Zamparelli (228 points) to become the 2017 Carrera Cup GB Drivers’ Champion.
Charlie Eastwood says:
“I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at Porsche for giving me this amazing opportunity; to have the best two years of racing that I have ever had. Also, thank you to all my family for supporting me through all the ups and downs over the years, but we always come out on top in the end and for that I am very grateful!”