Das storms through the field in season finale

Das storms through the field in season finale

Cameron Das ended his 2018 Euroformula Open Championship season with stunning pace in the season finale in Barcelona, Spain which saw him produce a magnificent fight back to fifth position from the very back of the field. Good pace in testing was replaced with difficulties during both races this weekend including an incident with his teammate which sent him off track and left him stuck right at the very back of the field in the early stages of the race. Das persevered and fought from 15th, and last, all the way up to fifth marking an incredible and determined fight back in the face of awful luck during the final round of the season. Das ended the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship in fifth overall taking a total of four brilliant podiums, 1 fastest racing lap and 12 top six finishes.

At a track Das enjoys he was looking likely to be a protagonist from the get-go throughout two days of testing on Thursday and Friday which once again saw the 2016 F4 US Champion prove his outright pace. However, on Saturday morning for the opening qualifying session of the weekend, things didn’t quite pull together during the 30-minute shootout and Das ended up starting the opening race of the weekend from fifth position.

From there, he tried to make an impression on the race but found himself to be at a disadvantage in regards to his tire life in juxtaposition to those around him; leaving him unable to capitalise on his raw pace from the previous days meaning he took the flag in sixth.

Following on from a second tough qualifying session on Sunday morning in which Das was quite out of position on the grid in seventh, he put his head in the game and was prepared for a fight from the minute the overhead gantry lights went out.

However he came upon an uphill battle when he was tagged by his Carlin team-mate Matheus Iorio which pushed him far off track as everyone else streamed by. Re-joining the track with thankfully no serious damage to his Dallara chassis, the talented American was at the very back of the field with a challenge to face. Getting stuck in, Das immediately gained one position as he muscled his way through. From there, he set about to execute beautiful passes on countless drivers ahead.

Held up only by two safety car periods Das managed to supremely work his way up from 15th to fifth as the flag fell on the very last race of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship.

Reflecting on the weekend, “We certainly ended the final race of the season on a high. Our qualifying performance was not ideal and in the first race, we struggled a bit with older tires compared to a lot of the grid around us so there wasn’t much to do. The second race, however, was a completely different story. I started seventh but was quickly taken out by a damaged car on the first lap. I fell back to 15th, but I worked back through the pack methodically to finish fifth at the checkered flag.”

With the 2018 season complete, Das said, “I would like to thank everyone at Carlin for working with me this season. A special shout-out to Harvey, Paul, Guy, and Aydan helping out with the #28 machine! They are a group of incredibly hard-working people. I feel as though I’ve improved tremendously as a driver and now it’s onto the next chapter!”

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Barcelona to bring season to conclusion

Barcelona to bring season to conclusion

This weekend’s racing action in Barcelona will bring the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship to its conclusion for American racer Cameron Das. With 14 races down already, just two remain on the calendar this weekend as the 2016 F4 US Champion looks to round off the year in style following continued good form and pace in the past couple of rounds.

The 2018 Euroformula Open season started way back in April at the Estoril circuit and since that first minute on track, Das has used every lap to his advantage to gain valuable experience in the widely used Dallara chassis on a variety of Formula 1 spec circuits – including tracks currently on the calendar such as Silverstone, Hungary and Spa-Francorchamps. Since Estoril, Das has gone on to take an impressive four podiums, and 12 top six finishes – showing incredible consistency. Now, with just two races to go, Das is hoping to sign off his season in style.

The Spanish track, a popular venue on the Formula 1 calendar, features a variety of corners for Das to get to grips with. The talented American has already raced at the track in the past so will be using the two days of testing prior to the weekend to his advantage as he looks to refamiliarize himself and make an impression on the two qualifying sessions and races on offer over the weekend.

“Barcelona is a special track,” Das analysed the Catalonian circuit.  “It has a wide array of different corners from technical chicanes to edgy sweepers and I find it to be one of the most enjoyable tracks on this year’s calendar to drive on. It also has a very long straight which presents a great overtaking opportunity.

“Currently, the weather looks a bit wet and less than ideal on Thursday and Friday for testing but I’m greatly looking forward to the racing in Barcelona no matter what the conditions. It’s always sad going in to the last race of the season, but at the same time it is a perfect opportunity to take the gloves off and fight for more good results.”

The timetable [local time] for Barcelona is as follows;

Thursday
09.00 – 12.00 – Private test 1
14.10 – 15.00 – Private test 2
16.20 – 17.10 – Private test 3

Friday
09.00 – 09.40 – Free Practice 1
13.10 – 13.50 – Free Practice 2

Saturday
10.25 – 10.55 – Qualifying 1
14.40 – Race 1 (17 laps)

Sunday
09.40 – 10.10 – Qualifying 2
13.15 – Race 2 (17 laps)

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Points despite two nose-to-tail races in Spain

Points despite two nose-to-tail races in Spain

Jerez provided a somewhat processional weekend of on-track action for Cameron Das, and the entire field, as the penultimate round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship wrapped up in Spain. Due to the nature of the Spanish track qualifying became all-important with the races proving extremely difficult to gain positions in. However, Das can still be pleased to walk way from the weekend knowing he had strong pace throughout while also picking up points in both races on offer including a great fourth position in the final race on Sunday afternoon.

Starting the weekend in style the talented American was on the pace from the word go. Three 30-minute practice sessions on Friday saw the 2016 F4 USA Champion top the first session and set the second quickest time later in the day – ending overall with the second fastest time marking a good start to the weekend showing strong pace from the offset.

The first qualifying session on Saturday morning saw track limits become the major talking point – Das, making sure to keep out of trouble, looked strong but was unable to capitalise and convert the form from the previous day leading to a third row starting position of sixth on the grid.

As the lights went out, Das enjoyed a solid getaway but soon found himself stuck in a train of cars and unable to make an impression on the race. A relatively uneventful 18-lap showing developed with Das crossing the line in sixth – still managing to pick up a good haul of points though.

Ready to do it all again on Sunday, Das was quick out of the blocks in second qualifying. Topping the session early, he was keen to show his pace from the start and remained a front runner during his opening stint. The talented American continued to show good form after pitting for a fresh set of tires and was battling for the top three positions throughout the opening half of the 30-minute shoot-out. However, in the second half the tension grew further with everyone vying for pole. Fighting well, and once again respecting the track limits, he qualified well in fourth to take a great second-row start.

Race two saw Das get another good start as he made his way to the first corner, but sadly the issue remained the same; overtaking was next to impossible. Nose-to-tail throughout, Das was unable to find an opportunity to force a move which led to another race following the gearbox of the car ahead for 18 laps. Crossing the line in fourth Das concluded his weekend with further points to add to his championship tally where he currently sits fifth overall.

“We were very strong initially in practice here in Jerez,” Das reflected. “In the first qualifying, we struggled a bit more than we expected so we started sixth for race one. Unfortunately, the race was processional from turn one right up until the checkered flag. The entire race, I was on the tail of the two cars in front, but it was impossible to overcome the aero wash produced by the cars ahead.

“On Sunday, we improved our qualifying performance to go fourth – only .04s off third. But, like the first race of the weekend, I was locked on to the car in front all race long and no opportunities to overtake arose.”

Das will now have a short break before the season finale takes place in Barcelona on 20th-21st October.

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Das aiming for further podiums in Jerez

Das aiming for further podiums in Jerez

This weekend will mark the penultimate round of the Euroformula Open Championship for Cameron Das who dives head first towards round seven in Spain with high hopes and aspirations following an additional two podiums added to his tally from the past two rounds. The talented 18-year-old American racer will be back in his Carlin Dallara car on Friday morning for Free Practice before taking on the challenges of two qualifying sessions and two intense races over the course of the weekend.

Last time out in Monza Das once again picked up an impressive result in the final race of the weekend seeing him take to the podium following a hard-fought race full of battles and great defending. Carving his way through the field, the 2016 F4 USA Champion picked up fantastic points for third place; making up for the previous day which led to him suffering innocent contact and irreparable damage to his car.

Looking for two consistent races this weekend, Das will be taking on the Jerez circuit in southern Spain for the penultimate round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship. At 2.751 miles the Circuito de Jerez consists of 13 turns where once again qualifying will be crucial – however unlike the previous round at Monza, slip-streaming will be less of a factor so pace should win out over on-track antics; making for an exciting prospect.

With four podiums to his name this season (achieved at Estoril, Paul Ricard, Silverstone and Monza) and a total of ten top-six finishes, Das can certainly consider the year so far a strong showing. Aiming now to continue his consistent point scoring ability and fantastic race pace, he focuses on cutting the gap to the drivers ahead of him in the championship standings where he currently lies fifth overall.

Looking ahead to the weekend Das said, “We’ve had a few podiums straight away after the summer break, so I’m looking to continue that good form in Jerez, with the aim being to reel in a top three finish in the championship.

“Jerez is an interesting place. It has some of the highest tire degradation of any track I’ve been to, and temperature greatly affects lap time. It has lots of run-off and smooth curbs so there is a lot of opportunity to find time in racing line optimization. Also, due to the nature of the corners, there aren’t many overtaking opportunities; qualifying will be everything this weekend.”

The schedule for the seventh round of the season (local time) is as follows;

Friday

10.00 – 10.30 – Free Practice 1
11.30 – 12.00 – Free Practice 2
13.55 – 14.25 – Free Practice 3

Saturday

10.40 – 11.10 – Qualifying 1
14.15 – Race 1 (18 laps)

Sunday

10.00 – 10.30 – Qualifying 2
14.15 – Race 2 (18 laps)

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