Das takes home more points from Silverstone debut

Das takes home more points from Silverstone debut

Das takes home more points from Silverstone debut

Cameron Das has enjoyed a solid weekend of racing as he made his competitive debut at iconic British circuit, Silverstone. Rising American star Das, who after four rounds of the season sits joint third overall, used the three races this weekend to learn a new track, produce some absolutely stunning overtaking manoeuvres and gain points to keep him in the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship hunt.

Once again a new challenge awaited the reigning US Formula Four Champion as he readied himself for a weekend of action at Silverstone; a track at which he would be making his racing debut. As a result the four test sessions on Friday would prove valuable track time for Das, despite having other open wheel cars on track with the British F3 field. The 17 year old American made the most of the sessions working with his engineer to get up to speed in the Tatuus-Cosworth Carlin car before qualifying on Saturday morning.

As it was qualifying got underway on Saturday with Das in full confidence of a fast car underneath him. Pushing hard throughout the duration of the 30 minute session Das, who has already secured two pole positions this season, looked to work his way up to speed and start the weekend well. On his new tyre run he hooked together some great sectors and set the fifth quickest time to secure his grid slot for the opening race of the weekend later in the day.

Das had a challenging start to the first race of the weekend in which he dropped positions after finding himself pushed wide and having to take avoiding action to miss one of the high sausage kerbs. As a result, he lost momentum however enjoyed some extremely exciting racing with those around him. Das said of the race, “I had a really strong start however I got pushed wide and had to back off to avoid a sausage kerb which meant I lost positons. After that I had a pretty good battle out there which was fun and it put us in a strong position for the reverse grid race.”

A new day on Sunday dawned with two races to look forward to in relatively short succession. The reverse grid race started with Das lining up on the second row of the grid and coming home to take seventh overall after a race full of battles up and down the grid.

However it was the third race of the weekend that proved by far the most exciting. With the grid set using the fastest laps from the previous two races Das lined up eighth having raced in close combat for most the weekend and unable to get a representative fast race lap on the board as a result. This in turn left him in the perfect position to truly hone his race craft around the British circuit.

Immediately gaining two spots on the first lap, Das was soon up behind Douglas Motorsport driver Jordan Cane who he set in his sights. In arguably one of the best overtaking moves of the weekend, the talented American drew close behind Cane, reeled him in and ran side by side – making his overtake stick incredibly well Das secured fifth position as the flag fell.

Reflecting on the race he said, “I think that race provided the highlight of the weekend for me! I really enjoyed the move on Jordan [Cane] and when it was happening I didn’t quite think that the move would stick but I had a lot of confidence in the car so I went for it. It’s also good to have made a move like because I have the confidence to do it again when I’m in a situation like that later in the season and have the opportunity presented to me. It was a little hard but good fun this weekend overall. Silverstone has a lot of chances for overtaking so that leads to great racing and I love the high speed nature of the track.”

Das once again used the weekend to continue his strong, consistent performance which has already seen him secure fantastic points and finishes in the Championship. At the mid-point of the 2017 season the reigning US Formula Four Champion now sits in joint third place – securing a brilliant position for the second half of the year.

“Coming in to the weekend we only had one day of testing compared to some of the other tracks where we have had two; so we knew that it would mean getting up to speed quicker both in the car and around the track,” said Das. “I had to rely on my memory of the track from tests a while ago and the simulator work that we had done to try and get on the pace straight away because it’s such a big track with lots of high speed exciting corners.

“I think that third overall in the championship is a good result for the mid-point. So far this season I’ve learnt a lot when it comes to race starts and technique – and it was the race experience that I really wanted to gain this season. I wanted to be in a really competitive championship and get that wheel to wheel action and I’m experiencing that right here in the BRDC British F3 Championship. It’s all great for learning and I certainly feel like the first half has delivered and I look forward to the second half of the season. We take the weekend as a learning experience knowing that we continue to pick up good points consistently in the races.”

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Iconic Silverstone up next for Das

Iconic Silverstone up next for Das

Iconic Silverstone up next for Das

As the mid-point of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship fast approaches Cameron Das is well and truly ready for racing and looking forward to the prospects round four has to offer him at Silverstone this weekend. Taking on the exciting British circuit, the reigning F4 US Champion is looking to continue his brilliant progress in the competitive series, add further points to his strong tally, which currently sees him hunting down the lead of the championship, and continue his podium scoring ways.

With three rounds already in the bag, the talented American racer sits second overall in the British Formula Three Championship with only his team mate ahead of him. Chasing down points in every race Das has already impressively claimed victory and taken podiums at all three rounds [Oulton Park, Rockingham and Snetterton] so far this year. The upcoming weekend at Silverstone will mark the fourth event of an eight round season as Das looks to narrow the gap to the championship lead.

At 5.897km, Silverstone is a track at which many drivers wish to race; known as the home of British Motorsport the iconic circuit plays host to the Formula One British Grand Prix annually with many great names having been victorious around the 18 corner track. Always considered to be a driver favourite Das is in agreement with the sentiment and said ahead of the weekend, “Silverstone is one of those tracks with such an illustrious history that it makes you feel privileged to simply be at. Every part of the track is really exciting to drive, enjoyable and the high speed bits in particular are mesmerizing.”

Last time out at Snetterton, Das continued to collect all-important points and maintains his second position in the championship despite a challenging weekend in mixed conditions. The talented 17 year old even made sure to once again grace the podium continuing his great run of trophy collecting in the highly competitive championship. Speaking of the last round Das reflected, “Snetterton was definitely tough for me. I felt like I was on the back foot a little and in ‘catch up’ mode for the rest of the weekend after qualifying but I’ve been working with my engineer Paul [Anderson] and we’ve been using the simulator and data to maximize our Friday testing so I’m looking forward to getting back out there this weekend.”

Having been one of the key players to watch since first turning a wheel in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship and an immediate title contender, Das said of his championship ambitions, “As a racing driver you are always looking for more however second overall in the Championship is exactly what I was hoping for as a mid-season result. This weekend the goal is to reel in Enaam [Ahmed] so that I can close in on the lead of the Championship. However I’m really looking forward to enjoying the excitement that Silverstone has to offer and will be pleased to racing there.”

Das will first be out on track at Silverstone for practice sessions on Friday before qualifying and three races over the course of the weekend as the mid-point of the season beckons.

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