Strong qualifying performance and wheel to wheel action in Barcelona for Das

Strong qualifying performance and wheel to wheel action in Barcelona for Das

Strong qualifying performance and wheel to wheel action in Barcelona for Das

Cameron Das can be pleased with another strong qualifying performance despite a challenging season finale in Barcelona as the 2017 Euroformula Open Season drew to a close this weekend. Das qualified within the top ten ahead of the opening race of the weekend however suffered contact with a competitor leaving the American racer stranded on track and out of the race. Bouncing back for the season finale Das crossed the line in 14th having made some brilliant overtaking moves to round off four solid race weekends in the competitive Championship this season.

The final race weekend of the 2017 Euroformula Open season took place in Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya with two days of testing to get to grips with at the Spanish circuit. However heavy fog both mornings meant that track action was delayed somewhat while the conditions improved. Not letting the change in schedule affect him at all, Das was sure to get to know the circuit well and was a regular top ten finisher throughout the course of the two days; proving the pace in his Campos Racing car ahead of the weekend.

Thankfully the fog wasn’t a factor on Saturday morning as the first of two 30 minute qualifying sessions got underway. Once again the 2016 F4 US Champion was nicely on the pace and by the end of the shoot-out had set the ninth quickest time – allowing him a fifth row start for the penultimate race of the season.

Off the line Das found himself involved in an aggressive fight for positions all around. Fighting hard as the cars ran wheel to wheel around the Spanish circuit it was a tense and fiercely fought opening lap for the Campos driver. However on lap five, disaster struck as Joey Mawson ran too close and struck Das sending him sideways; despite initially controlling his car well in the incident, Das was forced to pull over and retire just a short while later with far too much damage to his car.

Following the disappointment, Das turned his attention to the final qualifying session on Sunday morning. A red flag at the end of his opening run brought him back in to the pits before eventually qualifying in 13th position. As the lights went out for the final race of the season Das launched well and once again found himself in an intense battle for position with those around him. Fighting throughout the race, and despite more close combat which left him out of position, Das was able to gain positions from Guilherme Samaia and Pedro Cardosa in the final laps to take 14th place.

Das said of the weekend, “This weekend I had four days of valuable time at the famous circuit Barcelona-Catalunya. I really enjoyed the track which has its fair share of high speed and low speed corners. During the first race there was an unfortunate incident that forced me to retire. In the second race I was punted by another car which distanced me from the pack I was fighting with. Towards the end I was able to catch up and make a few overtakes. All in all it was an action-packed, experience-filled weekend that will be useful for next year.”

Rounding off the season, Das is also taking part in the official post-season test at Barcelona today.

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Further top eight finish and points for rookie Das in Jerez

Further top eight finish and points for rookie Das in Jerez

Further top eight finish and points for rookie Das in Jerez

Racing in Jerez, Spain for the penultimate round of the 2017 Euroformula Open Championship Cameron Das has once again shown impressive rookie speed, in only his third weekend in the series, to take another top-eight finish. Over the course of the two qualifying sessions and two races on offer the 17 year old American raced hard and improved on his starting positions to achieve another great eighth place finish in the competitive series with just one final round remaining at the end of this month in Barcelona.

Following a quick turnaround from racing last weekend in Monza, Das was once again facing the prospect of competing at a circuit where he has no prior experience at.  Showing his aptitude for learning quickly and facing any challenge head on, Das made sure to take on board as much as possible over the course of the three test sessions on offer on Friday; finishing each within the top ten – all the while taking on board the intricacies of the Jerez circuit in his Campos Racing car.

On Saturday morning the real business began with the 30 minute qualifying dash, which featured a red flag to slightly disturb proceedings; this halt to the already tense session came close towards the end and saw Das ultimately finish in 14th. In the race the challenges came thick and fast as those around him all jostled for position – causing multiple incidents and two safety car periods. However once again Das was well and truly on the pace, able to keep his own race clean and gain positions throughout to finish in a strong 11th overall.

Doing it all over again on Sunday, it was another early morning qualifying session for Das to contend with however he improved on his time by nearly half a second from the previous day and also improved upon his starting position to line up on the fifth row of the grid in tenth overall. As the race got underway, Das was on a mission to gain positions and did so successfully after a strong start off the line to take a top eight finish as the flag fell on a far less dramatic race – equalling his highest finish of eighth in the series as a rookie, in only his third weekend, and taking more strong points.

Reflecting on the weekend as a whole, 2016 F4 US Champion Das said, “This weekend has been really challenging. It was my first time at Jerez and the team’s first time on the new surface. It was also quite hot compared to any race weekend I’ve been to this year, so I had to take a completely new approach to tire degradation.

“The qualifying sessions were not ideal, but I managed to move forward in every race with good starts and aggressive first lap manoeuvres. Because of the nature of Jerez, it is very difficult to pass once everyone slots into position, so the first laps were the best opportunities to overtake.

“As a team we made good improvements to the car which should benefit us in Barcelona in a few weeks’ time.”

Das will be back out in his Campos Racing Euroformula Open car later this month for the final round of the 2017 season in Barcelona, Spain.

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Das fights to double points finish in Monza

Das fights to double points finish in Monza

Das fights to double points finish in Monza

Cameron Das has jumped straight back in to his Euroformula Open car this weekend and fought his way to a fantastic double points finish at the temple of speed, Monza. Known to be a high speed circuit that favours the brave, Das pulled off two fantastic race performances to pick up points for tenth and eighth respectively in the two races on offer in Italy this weekend. In race two Das was impressive in his efforts to gain a total of ten places from his starting position and stay out of trouble while many around him faltered.

In only his second race weekend in the competitive European Championship, Das had a tough start to proceedings on Thursday following a required engine change which in turn left him on the back foot having lost valuable track time. However he made sure to make the most of testing on Friday in his Campos Racing car when he returned to the cockpit once again for three further sessions before qualifying got underway on Saturday morning.

Taking to the track for the first qualifying session of the weekend it was clear that the 30 minute shoot out would be all about track position and gaining a tow. This in turn meant that the track action was somewhat mixed with fast laps few and far between. Das made sure to deal with the challenges on offer well and was still able to set the 14th quickest time placing him nicely in the battle for a strong finish.

Racing for the first time at Monza, no easy feat, Das was sure to place his Campos Racing car perfectly in the opening laps. Enjoying some hard fought battles with those around him the 2016 F4 US Champion was sure to steadily gain positions and once again take a points paying finish for tenth.

The second qualifying session on Sunday was a far messier affair with multiple drivers black flagged for slowing down and weaving excessively on track while trying to gain an advantage and find a tow. Staying out of the politics around him, despite himself being blocked, Das ran his own session and qualified 18th.

As the lights extinguished to mark the start of race two the American once again placed his car well while those around him faltered and were unable to stay on track. Das held his nerve brilliantly to pull off some more great wheel to wheel action and gain positions. Working hard throughout the race he had moved passed drivers with more experience racing in the series all season long and was soon in eighth as the flag fell – once again achieving another brilliant point’s finish.

Reflecting on the weekend Das said, “This weekend has been really up and down. We lost almost all practice time on Thursday due to an engine change and we were chasing a suspension issue on Friday that left us scratching our heads going into qualifying. Campos did a really good job identifying the problem and the car was sorted for Saturday and Sunday. In both qualifying sessions, it was quite a learning curve for me since they were my first opportunities to use new tires and find a crucial tow. The pace was there for a top two starting position, but in the second qualifying I was blocked by a slowing car.

“Initially to drive on, Monza wasn’t all that exciting but the racing was a completely different story out there! The combination of low downforce and massive straights makes it a constant effort to move forward from lights to flag. In the first race, I advanced four positions, and I applied what I learned from that race to the second one. Starting 18th, I moved up to eighth place despite a gearbox issue that made braking incredibly on edge; I even had fastest race lap for a period of time. It was quite simply one of the craziest races of my career so far. We had two full course cautions, and there wasn’t a single moment to rest in between them. I even bump-drafted with my teammate Matheus Iorio so we could both advance 3 positions going into Parabolica!

“I want to give a huge thanks to Campos Racing, Expedia, Red Lion Hotels, and Autobahn Indoor Speedway for affording me this opportunity!”

In a short turnaround Das will be back out on track this coming weekend for the penultimate round of the 2017 Euroformula Open season in Jerez, Spain.

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