Das notches another podium after Paul Ricard return

Das notches another podium after Paul Ricard return

Cameron Das has placed himself back on the podium this weekend following two hard-fought races at the Paul Ricard circuit in France as round two of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship concluded. Das showed off his trademark speedy starts during both races to gain positions well and finished the weekend with a brilliant third place in race two after a brave overtaking move which secured him the podium finish. Das leaves France having gained a strong amount of points in both races to see him currently lie fifth in the overall standings.

The second round of the season got off to an interesting start for the 18-year-old Baltimore native with heavy rain causing tricky conditions and even disrupting proceedings on Friday afternoon. Despite this Das looked to use the track time to his advantage and after three Thursday test sessions and two Friday Free Practice outings he was more than ready for the weekend ahead with his Carlin team.

Heavy overnight rain meant that Saturday morning’s qualifying took place on a relatively green track. Despite dampness all around, the qualifying was run on slick tires as Das took to the circuit for the 30-minute shootout. As it was, wind conditions hampered his efforts somewhat and he found himself down the order having been unable to take advantage of, what turned out to be, an essential tow along the Mistral straight.

The opening race of the weekend saw Das produce a simply stunning start which immediately elevated him up the order. The 2016 F4 US Champion continued to race well throughout the 15-lap showdown where he was involved in multiple battles for position. After a hard-fought race, Das took the flag in sixth position – adding nicely to his points tally.

Ready to do it all again, Das looked to improve on his second attempt at qualifying on Sunday morning. Handling the pressure well, he was a front-runner throughout and took a top five starting position. Launching well from the third row of the grid as race two got underway, Das soon gained a position to fourth before starting to hunt down Guilherme Samaia ahead. Das went wheel to wheel with the Brazilian racer and pulled off a brave move which cleverly forced Samaia to out-brake himself; allowing Das to win the position and take the final step on the podium as his own.

Das said of the weekend, “While it was tough, I enjoyed this weekend at Paul Ricard. We had a variety of conditions in practice, but we were particularly good in the most treacherous ones. Qualifying was tough on Saturday having different track and wind conditions from the previous day. I managed to move up four positions with a good start and methodically charged through the field in the first race to finish sixth while also setting the second fastest race lap.

“Qualifying was much better on Sunday with still a little bit left which I know I will find next time around. In the race, we again set the second fastest race lap while hunting down Viscaal and Samaia in front. Once around them, I did my best to reel in my teammate Matheus Iorio but ultimately settled for a third place finish.

“As always, I want to say a huge thanks to the team and to my sponsors who afforded me this opportunity and continue to support me.”

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Paul Ricard return for Das as second round approaches

Paul Ricard return for Das as second round approaches

This weekend will see Cameron Das take on the second round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship in the south of France as he looks ahead to the challenges of the Paul Ricard track. The circuit has already been a strong hunting ground for Das who gained a Winter Series podium in the pre-season event in anticipation of his championship campaign. Das now returns to Paul Ricard looking to continue his form following a further podium last month during the opening round of the season in Estoril which sees him currently fourth in the overall standings.

The Paul Ricard circuit, making its return to the FIA Formula 1 calendar later this year, is a 15 turn, 3.6-mile affair for Das to contend with. With its brightly coloured run-off areas the track produces great racing and is a circuit with which the Baltimore native already has a good relationship. Das returns to Paul Ricard having taken part in a Winter Series event with his Carlin team in March which resulted in a brilliant podium finish – incidentally holding the honour of securing the first podium for the team of the season. While this event was not part of the competitive 2018 race season, Das will no doubt endeavour to replicate this feat as he returns to the European circuit for the second time this year.

Das followed this fantastic result with a great opening round in Estoril last month; working well with his engineer to get valuable information during the pre-event testing, Das got to grips with the unfamiliar track in characteristic strong fashion and was quickly marked as a contender. Taking a storming podium position in the opening race, Das went on to show consistency with his point scoring which has left him fourth in the overall standings – well and truly in the mix.

Looking ahead to the second round of the competitive Championship, 2016 F4 US Champion Das said, “I’m very much looking forward to Paul Ricard this weekend. We had the Winter Series there a few months ago where it was literally snowing at some points but it was still an incredibly valuable test. This weekend should be completely different condition-wise, and we’ve learned quite a few things from Estoril which we can look to apply here. It’s a long track with a lot of interesting parts so it should throw up a couple of exciting races out there!”

Das will have the first chance to take to the track on Thursday morning with a busy day of testing to look forward to before two further practice sessions await him on Friday. Saturday will consist of a morning qualifying followed by an afternoon race while Sunday will offer the chance to qualify and race again.

Live timing for all sessions can be followed on the Euroformula Open website (www.euroformulaopen.net) and qualifying/races will be broadcast live on the Championship’s official YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/EuroFormulaOpen

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