Dino in his way to fifth place at Oulton ParkDino Zamparelli ended his first visit to Oulton Park since 2011 with a brace of fifth places after a weekend of ups and downs for the Parr Motorsport team.

After Peter Kyle-Henney’s spectacular exit from race one, the team was reduced to three entries for pros Dino Zamparelli and Paul Rees and ProAm1 runner Mark Cole.

All got good starts as the cars crossed the line for the rolling start but Mark Cole was soon in the wars after being hit from behind by Jordan Witt into the hairpin on lap 2. The resulting damage pitched the car into the barriers backwards a lap later and whilst Cole could rejoin he was in last place.

Paul Rees faired better fighting with Jayde Kruger but was unable to find a way past the South African after struggling with the car setup. Dino Zamparelli meanwhile was able to bring the car home in fifth despite heavy pressure for Stephen Jelley. Jelley would tap Dino at the hairpin but out brake himself and run wide giving Dino a gap. With the proessure off he could continue with his race and gained place when third placed runner Nicholas Latifi sufferend a puncture taking him out of the running.

With three cars across the line and a solid points haul for the team all will be looking to improve for the next race at Croft on the 27th/28th June for rounds seven and eight.

Dino Zamparelli – Started 7th, finished 5th

“We are struggling and we’re not quite where we want to be. It’s easy to come in and think we need to be realistic but we are a bit inconsistent at the moment. One minute we are quick, the next we are not so we haven’t quite found the rhythm between the car, the team and me. We are a little bit off in the race so we’ll go away and think about it. It’s not a horrendous result having two fifth places, it’s solid but we are not in the races. I’m disappointed but we’ll come back.“

Paul Rees – Started 13th, finished 11th 

“It was an awful race from start to finish. We are missing something as a team. The car is lacking pace and it didn’t help having the broken damper in qualifying so it probably stems for there. We don’t have anywhere near the pace we should have but we’ve obviously got to move on and improve.”

Mark Cole – Started 16th, finished 17th (5th in ProAm1)

“I had a good start. The car was okay at the beginning but I got hit from behind into the hairpin by Witt which sent the car out of skew and sideways with some sort of damage. It caused the rear of the car to be snappy and I went off at the hairpin on the next lap because of the handling. “

There was a knocking noise and the brakes would snag at the rear so I just carried on in the hope that someone in my group came off. I could have finished P2 in ProAm1 if it wasn’t for the accident but he hit the sausage kerb and lost control and just hit me.”

Paul Robe – Team Principal

“It was a very eventful weekend for the team. We’re all glad that Peter Kyle-Henney is alright after a very big accident yesterday and its good that it is only the car that is damaged. We’ll be working to get him out as soon as possible and back racing.“

“As for the rest of the team, we had mixed fortunes. Mark had a problem in qualifying after contact with someone which affected his grid position and had two races that, due to circumstances, were mixed. He’s still there on pace and we’ll keep working on it and try and do some testing to recover.” 

“Paul had a bit of a funny Friday due to touching the tyres which gave the car a bit of a problem which didn’t come to light until the car was used again in qualifying. The first race was alright but unfortunately he got trapped behind someone and so it was just about getting points. In race two it was more of the same, he was never really in a position to challenge. With Dino, two fifth places for the weekend but we can do better and we’ve got to keep trying and keep finding where we can improve. It was a solid two fifth places, qualifying was okay but we didn’t hit the mark we needed to so I don’t think our position was truly reflective of where we should be. It’s a work in progress and we’ll go forward but there I more work to be done.”