Das confirms full Euroformula Open campaign for 2018

Das confirms full Euroformula Open campaign for 2018

Cameron Das has confirmed today that he will compete in the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship this season with British team Carlin. Up and coming race star Das has already tasted the Championship having participated in a handful of races last year however turns his focus to a full eight-round campaign where he will compete on world-class circuits over the course of the season.

Following a solid winter campaign in the TRS New Zealand, Das is straight back at it with the announcement of his full-time 2018 plans – and has already been testing with his Carlin race team in Barcelona. Das, who already has a good relationship with the team after a stellar season racing in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship, will continue the partnership as he embarks on a pre-season test programme continuing with Paul Ricard later this week.

17-year-old Das has enjoyed an enviable career to date despite his young age. In 2016 the Baltimore-native was crowned the very first Formula Four US Champion taking an astonishing nine race victories along the way. This incredible achievement at such a young age catapulted his career and led to a switch to Europe for the 2017 season.

Making the most of the year, Das competed in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship with Carlin – enjoying a brilliant race win at Rockingham and a further six podiums.  Das followed this up with his debut in the Euroformula Open Championship for the final four rounds of the season. Using the experience to get to grips with brand new tracks, Das was a regular top ten finisher and impressed in a field with drivers who had been competing throughout the entirety of the season.

In anticipation of the 2018 season Das made the call to race in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand, a five-round event one-mark series. Das endured some bad luck throughout the event with a couple of mechanical issues however ended the season with recognition for his stunning last-lap, and last-corner, overtake to claim the Best Overtaking Manoeuvre of 2018 award of the series.

“I am elated to announce my involvement in Euroformula Open with Carlin this year,” said Das. “The championship is incredibly strong, and it offers a platform which I believe will prepare me well for other European championships in the future. I’m glad I have the opportunity to work with Carlin which has had an incredible influence in my development thus far. I have no doubts that we will be championship contenders from the start. They truly have an A-list group of people working on our 2018 effort.  I am especially excited to work with Harvey Spencer as my engineer, so I feverishly anticipate our results this year.

“Personally, I’ve been working incredibly hard during this off-season to best prepare for this championship. I believe my participation in the Toyota Racing Series, recent winter tests, and off-track physical training have put me in better form ahead of a season than ever before. I am incredibly grateful for my sponsors, the Bertil Roos Racing School and Autobahn Indoor Speedway, for helping to make my wildest dreams a reality.”

Trevor Carlin added, “We are thrilled to welcome Cameron to our Euroformula Open team for the 2018 season. We’ve enjoyed working with him since he first starting testing with us before he raced in the BRDC British F3 Championship in one of our cars. He’s already had a taste of the Euroformula Open car in racing conditions so we’re very much looking forward to the upcoming season working together where we know he will be a podium and race winning contender throughout.”

Das will be on track later this week for the second Euroformula Open test at Paul Ricard.

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Das ends TRS as recipient of Greatest Overtaking Manoeuvre

Das ends TRS as recipient of Greatest Overtaking Manoeuvre

The final round of the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand has yielded a solid result for 17-year-old racer Cameron Das as he took part in the final three races of the 2018 Championship at Manfeild. Das, who stormed in to seventh place in the second race of the weekend, leaves New Zealand having enjoyed some brilliant wheel to wheel action over the course of the five-round event. Das also rounded off the series with recognition for his fantastic last corner overtake at Taupo as he was awarded for pulling off the Greatest Overtake Manoeuvre of the entire series – an accomplishment and testament to his race-craft.

In what has been a hard-fought and exciting 2018 championship, Das headed to the Manfeild Autocourse full of anticipation for the final round of the season. Taking to the 3km circuit for free practice Das once again endeavoured to get up to speed quickly – learning the intricacies well, he placed his Victory Motor Racing FT40 car strongly in the top five as he looked ahead to the rest of the weekend.

Qualifying was a tense affair for the entire field, a damp but drying track meant that slicks were the way forward. However, the drama was two-fold for Das as he struggled with a brake issue which seemed to intensify as the track dried out. This left him down the order on the timing screens and also unfortunately followed him in to the opening race of the weekend which became a case of damage control.

However race two was where Das once again made his mark on the field. Starting from 11th position, the 2016 F4 US Champion was keen to get away quickly and gain progress. A brilliant start meant he was positioned perfectly to improve on his weekend. Making quick work of gaining four positions early on and challenging those ahead, Das was once again impressive with his race craft and took the flag in seventh position. He finished the season off with an 11th place in the final round.

For 17-year-old Das the Championship was rounded off with recognition at the end of season banquet as he was honored with the award for the Greatest Overtaking Manoeuvre of the entire TRS New Zealand for his astonishing last corner dive at Taupo. Das’ lightning starts, and strong race craft have been a staple of the series; enjoying the wheel to wheel action with his competitors and not giving up when things looked tough the talented American has gained a raft of experience from the event and leaves New Zealand full of confidence for the season ahead.

“This final weekend at Manfield was another with many highs and lows” reflected Das. “In practice, we were looking really strong on both new and used tires. Qualifying threw us yet another challenge with a drying track on slicks, but I felt confident in these conditions. Despite having the confidence to qualify well, I was hindered by a brake issue that progressively became worse whilst the track was drying. We believed we found the issue before race one, but only a few laps in it became apparent that it wasn’t solved. Race one was primarily about surviving the race with limited stopping ability.

“With the issue diagnosed and addressed, race two was truly enjoyable. Having to start in 11th, I made my way to seventh in just a few laps and I was challenging the two cars in front of me all the way to the checkered flag. Being a part of the New Zealand GP was truly a humbling experience; I’ve only been to a few countries that cherish Motorsport the way Kiwis do, and to be associated with the pinnacle of it is mind bending.”

Having taken part in 15 races, enjoyed incredible racing action and impressed with his lightning reactions on the starting grid Das said of the experience, “Looking back at these last five weeks, I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time. We had a lot of bad luck which forced us to show tremendous strength as a team in positions of weakness. I was honored to be the recipient of the Greatest Overtaking Maneuver Award of 2018. Improving my race craft is exactly what I came to this championship to do, and I believe this award proves I succeeded in that task. I’ve also met so many incredible people, including the entirety of the Victory Racing team.

“I must thank Mo, Julian, and Jose for giving their all this season and always keeping their heads up. I must also thank Toyota, Nico, and Sarah for organizing such a well put together championship. I honestly feel like I’ve never been more prepared for a race season. I also must thank those who are responsible for bringing me to this spectacular country: my sponsors – Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Bertil Roos Racing School, and Meguiars Polish. And I also must thank my parents, of course, who continue to allow and assist me in pursuing my ultimate dream.”

Das, who finished the event in 12th position overall, now looks ahead to returning to Europe where he will be announcing his 2018 season plans shortly.

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Best result for Das in Taupo with fantastic last-minute move

Best result for Das in Taupo with fantastic last-minute move

Cameron Das has clinched his best finish in the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series New Zealand following the conclusion of the penultimate round of the Championship. The up and coming American racer pulled off a supreme last corner move on the very last lap to steal sixth position as his own at a track he has clearly enjoyed racing on this weekend. The strong haul of points sees the 2016 F4 US Champion move up a position in the Championship standings with one final round to go this coming weekend.

Racing at the Taupo circuit 17-year-old Das was immediately a challenger in his Victory Motor Racing car. Using the practice sessions on offer to his full advantage, Das once again proved that he had the pace within him. In free practice, he topped the time sheets as he and the team looked ahead to qualifying on Saturday morning.

But changeable weather conditions ensured that this would be no simple task making the prospect of qualifying an even trickier affair. Running on slick tyres in the wet conditions Das was able to deal with this well and put in a stellar performance to see him start the first and final races of the weekend in eighth and fifth respectively.

Lining up for the opening race of the weekend Das once again jumped off the line well and was making strong progress within the field. Up to sixth in no time at all, Das’ race was then shattered with a front wing failure which ruled him out of the race completely. As a result, he was forced to start out of position and from the back of the grid for the second race of the weekend.

Keeping his focus well and truly on those in front of him, Das’ trademark launch off the line was another impressive feat and saw him brilliantly manoeuvre his way past those in front and on to the back of the top five challengers. However an uncharacteristic mistake saw him run off track and fall to the back of the grid before he was later spun around by a competitor leaving him to finish in 11th overall.

Race three provided the strongest result of the weekend for Das, and his best result of the 2018 Castrol TRS New Zealand to date. Starting from fifth on the grid, following his great qualifying performance, Das enjoyed an action-packed, fast-paced race with his shining move coming on the last corner of the very last lap when he pulled off an incredibly brave overtake to clinch sixth position as his own upon crossing the line. The result also sees Das improve on his overall championship position as the final round of the 2018 season faces him this coming weekend.

“This weekend was certainly a positive one from the start,” Das said of the Taupo round. “We ended practice quickest which was a good confidence boost going into qualifying. But then with the inevitable island weather, we had a slicks-on-wet qualifying which made the session a bit of a lottery. In the first race, I had another demon start, and I ran sixth until an unfortunate front wing failure ended my race.

“Starting from the back in the second race, I had another brilliant start and had already gained quite a few positions however I made a mistake, went off track and fell back to last. I overtook a couple more cars to try and get something from the race, but I was spun by another car so 11th was the final position. My start in the final race wasn’t quite a strong as the other two, but I methodically worked my way back through the pack. On the final lap, I made an incredibly late move in the final corner that put me just 0.08 ahead of my fellow competitor resulting in a sixth-place finish. It was one of the best overtakes of my career, and it goes to show how much the TRS New Zealand racing series can bring out in a driver.

“I offer a huge thanks to the Victory Racing team for working so hard this weekend, and again to my partners Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Bertil Roos Racing School, and Meguiars Polish for providing this opportunity!”

The final round of the 2018 TRS New Zealand takes place next weekend at Manfeild.

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