After qualifying third in the rain on Saturday morning, Dino put in a good drive during race one to reel in leader Tio Ellinas. The Nationwide-backed driver put constant pressure on Ellinas on a drying track but was unfortunately unable to find his way past before the end of the 23-lap race.
With a draw for the partial reverse grid placing Dino fourth for the start of the longer race two, he made a good start, holding position and quickly working his way into third place and setting the race’s fastest lap while catching the pair ahead of him. A safety car on lap 16 lost Dino the advantage he’d built to fourth and meant had to spend time defending instead of attacking, which prevented him from making a push for the race win, bringing the car home in third place.
“We were close to the win in race one and we were fast, but not fast enough overall,” said Zamparelli. “It’s good to move forwards in the reverse grid races but it wasn’t the race I wanted: I was ready to attack and be fast. Second and third is by no means a bad weekend but for me it’s all about wanting to do more and the car was awesome all weekend.”
“We got the fastest lap but working on how we can extend that for the whole race is something we have to do with the team at Nationwide Accident Repairs and Redline Racing,” said Dino. “We have things to work on, it’s not plain sailing, but we’re the championship leader so we’ll take that."
“We could have won race one this weekend, but we’ll consolidate, take the points, and start attacking from here onwards. We’ve extended our lead, but we want to try and win races and find solutions to help me unlock a bit more pace. I have the best team on the grid so I’m sure we’ll work on it for Monza.”
Next up for the Nationwide Redline Racing Porsche and Dino Zamparelli is the world-famous Monza in Italy. The cars will be on track on Friday May 11 for two practice sessions, with qualifying and race one a day later. The second of the 45-minute timed races takes place on Sunday May 13 at 10:20.