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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Pole, podium and new lap record rounds off strong rookie season for Das

Pole, podium and new lap record rounds off strong rookie season for Das

Pole, podium and new lap record rounds off strong rookie season for Das

In what was a thrilling finale to the BRDC British Formula Three Championship Cameron Das has secured fifth in the overall standings as the flag fell on the 2017 season for the final time. Rising American racing driver Das enjoyed a weekend which saw him on the podium once again while also showing immense speed with a further pole position in the final race of the season. However his strong weekend was brought to a grinding halt after disaster struck during race three which saw him returning to the pits with front wing damage as the innocent victim of lap one contact – eventually leaving him to cross the line 13th.

From the word go this weekend Das was on pace and feeling at one with his Carlin-run Tatuus-Cosworth car around the Donington Park circuit. Making the most of four constructive test sessions on Thursday in mixed conditions, Das headed in to qualifying on Saturday morning ready for battle. Another confident and strong performance from the 17 year old ensured that he would line up in fourth for the opening race of the weekend.

As the lights went out, Das had one thing in his sights; improving to get on the podium. His tenacity on show, Das was able clinch the position from Chase Owen ahead and secure third place as his own – taking his seventh podium of the season in the process.

Starting from sixth as a result in the reverse grid race Das focused on a dual pronged attack; securing strong points for his championship campaign and making the most of the 20 minute race to set a fast lap to ensure his race start for the season finale. In an incredible show of determination the timing screens began to light up purple. Sector after sector it was clear that the 2016 F4 US Champion was the one to watch. Setting multiple quick laps in quick succession Das hammered in a stunning lap of 1’25.165 – easily the fastest of the weekend to take pole position as his own. The time would prove to set the new Lap Record at Donington Park.

With clear air ahead of him the aim for the final race of the season was to get away cleanly and lead in to the first corner. Das came under slight pressure from Enaam Ahmed who was lined up alongside him however the American looked to have the better of the newly crowned British F3 Champion despite a nudge from him. However this tap had actually damaged Das’ front wing more than originally realised which meant Das began to slowly lose the impressive pace he’d had all weekend long as an innocent victim of the first corner clash.

At an aerodynamic disadvantage, Das fell back in to the clutches of Ahmed who took the lead before his front wing completely broke off requiring a heart-breaking return to the pits to deal with the damage. Despite the disappointment of losing the potential for third in the Championship, Das kept his head well and returned to the race to take the flag for the final time this season in 13th – with the rookie racer securing a great fifth place in the overall 2017 standings as a result.

Das said of the weekend finale, “In retrospect, it was a good weekend. We were always at the front and moving forward through the races so showing great pace. Having pole position for race three was a good measure of the capability I developed over the season. Race three was really gutting though considering I led the majority of it with a wing that was broken on the first corner of the first lap. I didn’t really realize it had broken until seven or eight laps into the race when it completely fell off.

“I think up until that point, I showed I was at the top of my game with my speed, race-craft and understanding of the car and I’m 100% ready for whatever comes my way next year.

“I want to thank the team who has made such an impact on not only my driving ability, but on my character as a person as well. Specifically, I want to thank my engineer, Paul Anderson, who gave me a perfect car practically every weekend, and who spent countless hours with me on my simulator at home preparing notes for each test and race weekend.

“I want to thank my Mechanics, Guy and Joe, for ensuring I was competitive for every single race of the season and even cleaning up after a couple of my own mistakes! I want to thank Trevor and Stephanie Carlin for believing in a young American brand new to the world of racing and a huge thanks to Sam Waple who did a fantastic job operating the whole team.

“I also want to thank my teammates Enaam Ahmed and James Pull who pushed me to my limits all throughout the year. I also thank my manger, Horia Totu, for having my best interests at heart, and to my trainer, Jon Rayner, for massively improving my fitness levels this year. Most of all, I want to thank my entire family who all make tremendous sacrifices so that I can pursue my aspiration to become a Formula One driver.”

In what was a strong rookie season, Das can be proud of his accomplishments which have included in impressive and hard fought race victory at Rockingham, seven podium positions, five pole positions, four fastest race laps and a track lap record; his inherent speed boldly on show over the course of the eight round series.

Das will next be out in his Euroformula car this coming weekend at Monza.

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Das eyes up strong season finale at Donington

Das eyes up strong season finale at Donington

The final round of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship awaits American racer Cameron Das this weekend as he looks ahead to the three last races of the highly competitive British season. Das, a race winner in the series, will be back behind the wheel of his Carlin-run Tatuus-Cosworth car as he takes on Donington Park this weekend looking to once again grace the podium.  The 17 year old has already enjoyed a fantastic season and is currently sitting fourth overall in the standings with more points on offer to add to his tally as the flag falls for the final time on Sunday afternoon.

Racing in the eight-event series for the 2017 season Das has tasted race winning success and has amassed a strong tally of podiums, pole positions and fastest laps. This weekend will see the rising American star race around Donington Park for the very first time. Having already tested at the circuit Das is full of confidence ahead of the final three races. He said of his aims, “My plan for this weekend is to finish top three in the Championship and hopefully get a couple of wins as well. I like the flowing nature of the track and feel as though it will suit my driving style like Oulton Park did at the very beginning of the year.

“I had the chance to test there [Donington] recently, and I must say it’s now one of my favorite tracks. I haven’t raced there before so I don’t yet know where the best opportunities are for some overtakes and moves however I’m going to be sorting through the archives to get some ideas!”

Donington Park, based in the British county of Leicestershire, is a 2.498 mile circuit known for producing great action over the years. From legendary Formula One performances to hard-fought championship battles, the 12 corner track always produces great racing. While the Championship title has already been concluded, third position is well and truly up for grabs for Das from his current fourth place in the standings.

Speaking of his debut season racing in Europe Das said, “I’ve really liked the European style of racing. It has taken me a while to get used to what the limits are and the differences, but the aggressiveness and effort you have to use for every pass is exhilarating.

“At the beginning of the year, I said I would be really happy with a top three finish, and I’m only a few points away from that going into the final weekend. I have gained so much experience this year and my driving is night and day from when I first tested with the team during the winter too.”

Since the start of the season in April at Oulton Park Das has charged on to the European racing scene and already taken a commanding win at Rockingham and stood on the podium a further five times. The 2016 F4 US Champion has also been a pole sitter in the series and without doubt one of the drivers to beat each weekend – his impressive efforts in his debut season of European racing placing him fourth overall in the standings.

With 375 points on the board, and aiming to add more to the final score, Das reflected on the year, “Looking back on the year, I think the best moment was probably race two at Rockingham where I started back in seventh and finished to take victory. There was a bit of carnage on the first lap that I avoided, and then it was a battle to the lead. It was one of those weekends where pretty much everything went right and I’m looking to recreate that this weekend.”

Das takes to the track for a day of testing on Thursday before qualifying and race one on Saturday followed by two further races, including the season finale, on Sunday.

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Das impresses in first taste of Euroformula Open action

Das impresses in first taste of Euroformula Open action

Cameron Das this weekend took on a new challenge racing in the Euroformula Open Championship for the first time at Silverstone, UK. The rising American racing star took to the track with Spanish team Campos Racing for two qualifying sessions and two races over the course of the weekend where he more than proved his capability with two top ten qualifying results and an impressive eighth place finish in his first ever race in the series. The rookie racer picked up points for his strong race one result – a feat that doesn’t go unnoticed during a debut weekend.

Das took to the track on Friday for three practice sessions in his Euroformula car as he got his first taste of the new challenge ahead of the weekend. Using the sessions well to his advantage, and finishing the day with two top five results from three sessions, he was relishing the prospect of the upcoming weekend having settled in to the cockpit well.

Das said, “The practice on Friday looked really promising considering I had only one set of tyres to use for the whole day, so pace was looking really good and I think it showed a fundamental understanding of the Dallara chassis. I found it pretty easy to transition from the British F3 car and it isn’t drastically faster, but you can rely on the aero package more for cornering and braking. I’m still working on setup with the team, but we’ve made huge progress through the weekend.”

For Saturday morning, the challenge became getting up to speed and qualifying in the Dallara F312 at Silverstone. Das took this in his stride and despite this being his debut Euroformula Open qualifying attempt he was ninth overall in the session ahead of the opening race of the weekend – an impressive showing for only his first attempt which also placed him ahead of many seasoned drivers in the series.

Turning his attention to the racing action Das focused on getting a great start with the aim being progress and gaining points – which he did in great fashion. Crossing the line in eighth, Das once again showed real grit in his racing style to collect points and prove his ability to the rest of the field during his debut.

On Sunday, the 17 year old American had a further qualifying session and race to look forward to for which he once again qualified in the top ten – lining up for the final race of the weekend in ninth. Once again, Das achieved a brilliant start and within 2 laps moved up the order 2 places to 7th. However, challenging for 6th position, the race didn’t quite pan out as hoped with contact subsequently breaking his suspension and sending him out of the race as a retiree.

Das said of the racing action this weekend, “In the first race, I shuffled around quite a bit through the race and ultimately finished eighth which was a good result for my first race in the Championship. In the second race there was once again a lot of shuffling on the first lap as everyone fought for positions and towards the end of the lap we went three wide into Brooklands, and only one of us came out. From contact with another car, my suspension buckled a few corners later in Becketts.”

Despite this shortened second race the 2016 F4 US Champion walked away from his debut weekend with points in the bag, two top ten qualifying results and safe in the knowledge that he was well and truly on the pace of those around him who have been racing in the series since the start of the 2017 season.

Speaking of his experience Das said, “Obviously it is natural for me to want to be at the top anytime that I’m in a race car, but I know I’ll be much more prepared for Monza now I’ve got a bit more experience under my belt. Monza is a mega track, and I’m sure there is going to be some intense racing there which I’m really looking forward to.”

Das will be back out in his Campos Racing Euroformula Open car for Monza at the end of September where the so-called Temple of Speed will host the sixth round of the 2017 season.

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Das shows serious speed with weekend fastest lap

Das shows serious speed with weekend fastest lap

Cameron Das has proven his race speed as second to none following a strong display at Snetterton which saw him take the Sunoco Fastest Lap Award this weekend in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship event at Snetterton. The young American racer had a weekend full of ups and downs over the course of qualifying and the three races on offer – all the while ensuring he picked up valuable points for the Championship standings adding to his tally and heading in to the final round next time out in an overall fourth position.

With two days of testing under his belt on Thursday and Friday, Das went in to the penultimate qualifying session of the 2017 season feeling confident of the pace in his Carlin run Tatuus-Cosworth car. Driving well and battling with his two team mates over the top spot in the close-fought session he eventually set the fifth fastest lap to secure his start for the opening race of the weekend.

The first race on Saturday was held in warm conditions around the Norfolk circuit and was a relatively processional affair for those involved. Das, who was running in sixth by the end of the first lap, maintained this position and crossed the line to get more great points in the bag.

The second race of the weekend however was full of far more drama than the first; lining up in third due to the reverse grid nature of the race, Das came to blows with team mate James Pull on the opening lap which in turn meant pitting to repair damage to his car. Das put this behind him well though and focused on getting a fast lap on the board to secure a strong starting position for the third and final race of the weekend. Das did this in style; setting the fastest lap of the race, which would also turn out to be the fastest of the weekend, to ensure provisional pole for race three.

However heartbreak struck and Das had his pole position taken away from him following the clash between himself and Pull. This meant that the 2016 F4 US Champion had to start a painful five places back on the grid from where he had rightly qualified; with overtaking extremely difficult at Snetterton this brought his chances of a podium to an abrupt end and placed him eighth when taking the flag.

However the talented American can take solace in the fact that he not only scored great points to hold fourth overall in the Championship standings but also walked away from the weekend with the Sunoco Award for setting the quickest lap; once again cementing his position as a driver to be watched in the Championship due to his impressive speed.

Das reflected, “I definitely had good pace all throughout the weekend but the top five or so were often separated by a tenth or sometimes less, so it was certainly difficult in qualifying. There was a threat of rain, so I pushed hard in the beginning of the session to put an early lap in but that hurt my rear tires for the end of the session when the grip was much better.

“My pace was good throughout the races, especially in the second when I had the fastest lap of the weekend. I had good potential through the whole weekend, but a few difficult opening laps and a penalty made moving forward very difficult. In retrospect, I still got some good points in the bag, and we’re going into the final weekend at Donington with second place in the championship still in our sights.

“I want to give a big thanks to Carlin for a car that was rapid all weekend and to my sponsors Expedia, Red Lion Hotels, and Autobahn Indoor Speedway for giving me their confidence. Also, a big congrats to Enaam Ahmed for clinching the championship – it was well deserved.”

The final round of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship will get underway at Donington Park at the end of September.

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Das on course for strong penultimate race weekend

Das on course for strong penultimate race weekend

This weekend marks the penultimate round of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship for Cameron Das who will be looking to make the most of the three races on offer around the Snetterton circuit. Das has already competed at the Norfolk track once this season, taking a brilliant podium position, so heads in to the weekend knowing the circuit well and after six rounds sits in a strong fourth position overall in his Carlin-run Tatuus-Cosworth BRDC British F3 car.

In what is turning out to be a competitive 2017 season, rookie racer Das has already enjoyed success including victory in the series. In the championship order, the fight rages on with the American sitting fourth overall; proving just how close and competitive the racing action is, the difference between third and sixth is just 46 points with a huge tally still on offer over the next two rounds. This closeness means it’s all to play for as he looks to take the advantage over his competitors and close the gap to those ahead.

In a year full of excitement, rising racing star Das has already clinched one fantastic victory at Rockingham and a total of six strong podiums in just his first season in the Championship which has also marked his first year racing full time in Europe. As the reigning F4 US Champion, 17 year old Das has been using all of his racing experience to get to grips with a multitude of new and exciting challenges over the course of the year racing at some of the UK’s premier circuits.

This weekend the challenge returns to the three mile circuit of Snetterton; a notoriously difficult track to overtake on. With 13 turns it features a wide variety of challenges to enjoy – including a tricky hairpin, high speed corners and fast, technical sectors. As such, qualifying on Saturday morning will be ever important for Das as he aims to start the weekend off in the best possible way looking to add to his already brilliant tally of three pole positions.

Das said of his experience racing at the circuit previously, “Having been at Snetterton earlier in the year, we have a lot of data and important personal experience to make the race weekend go smoothly. The two days of testing before the weekend will be about fine tuning the car mostly because we’ve already developed a good baseline setup. Snetterton is a tough track to pass on so the primary focus for us has to be on qualifying well and going from there.”

Looking ahead to the weekend he added, “The goal is to win. The last weekend [Brands Hatch] was hindered a bit by weather conditions that I wasn’t yet accustomed to, but I now have loads more experience under my belt to put together a lights to flag victory at Snetterton. It’s important to be consistent, but also consistently at the top. The points are so close in the Championship fight so it is imperative to rack up as many as possible so that nothing desperate is required at Donignton in September for the final round.”

This weekend at Snetterton will feature two full days of testing on Thursday and Friday for Das to get back up to speed and work with his engineer ahead of qualifying on Saturday and three fast and furious races to look forward to over the course of the weekend.

As ever, the action can be followed live via the BRDC British Formula Three Championship Twitter feed: @BRDCBritishF3

Or by watching live timing: http://www.tsl-timing.com/event/173451

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Das recovers well to return to the podium

Das recovers well to return to the podium

Despite a challenging start to his weekend Cameron Das has once again shown grit and determination to secure another podium finish in the BRDC British Formula Thee Championship. The sixth round of the competitive 2017 season at Brands Hatch was a mixed weekend for the rising American single seater racing star which started with an engine failure resulting in vital track time lost in his only free practice session around the full length Grand Prix circuit. Further incidents on track left him out of position for two of the three races however he bounced back strong in the final race of the weekend to finish second overall – and claim a rightful spot back on the podium.

The sixth round of the British F3 Championship began with two days of official testing around the shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit, at the very least giving the 17 year old a chance to get to know a handful of the corners on the circuit before the cars were released to the full length Grand Prix configuration on Saturday morning for Free Practice. However misfortune struck Das when his Tatuus-Cosworth Carlin car suffered an engine failure after just three laps. Not exactly a quick fix, this set back meant that the reigning F4 US Champion had to sit on the side lines and watch his vital track time slip away from him – putting him on the back foot to his competitors for qualifying later in the day.

Not one to let the issue get to him, Das refocused and jumped back in to his car later on to set the seventh quickest time; securing his race one starting position. Das said of his challenging start to the weekend, “The engine failure was really unfortunate and it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I had experience on the Grand Prix circuit. It meant that I had to try and get up to speed really quickly in qualifying later in the day, which I believe I did as well as I could considering the circumstances.”

The first race of the weekend was marred by bad weather which struck at the mid-way point; despite being in a position where he would have clinched a reverse grid pole, the dark clouds overhead let loose with a torrential downpour which caught many drivers out. Sadly Das was one of those to hit the barriers before the race was red flagged. This is turn left him at the back of the field for the second race of the weekend during which bad luck hit again. Tapped by another driver from behind, having made great progress in the initial stages, Das’ right rear tire was punctured which forced him to pit for new rubber and left him well and truly down the order with the only option being to set a fast lap in order to qualify well for race three.

Das reflected on the races, “The first race was a bit frustrating to say the least. In race one, I was in position to have the reverse grid pole for race two, but I understeered off the track in turn one as rain started coming down seemingly out of nowhere. It was a mistake on my part, but I’ve learned tremendously for it.

“In Race two, I moved up from 15th to ninth and I was battling for eighth when another driver punctured my right rear tire. I rushed back to the pits as fast as I could on three wheels in order to get a new tire. It was a bit annoying but the real goal after that was to set a qualifying lap for race three, and I was able to do that well.”

For race three Das was back where he belonged. Having qualified in second he didn’t look back as the lights went out and raced well to return to a brilliant podium position in second – also ensuring that he moves up to fourth place in the Championship standings with two rounds to go.

“This has definitely been the most challenging weekend yet but I think the final result and getting on the podium showed how hard we worked as a team despite the hardships we faced.”

Speaking of the championship he said, “I moved up a position in the standings despite the issues we had early in the weekend so that’s certainly a promising sign for the final segment of the season.”

The penultimate race weekend of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three season will take place at Snetterton at the end of August.

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Brands Hatch beckons Das for BRDC British F3

Brands Hatch beckons Das for BRDC British F3

After three race free weekends it’s time for Cameron Das to once again grace the cockpit of his BRDC British Formula Three car as the sixth round of the 2017 season roars back in to life at Brands Hatch, UK. Das, who currently sits fifth overall in only his rookie season, will be looking forward to getting back up to speed at the Kent circuit which will play host to three action-packed races this weekend. Race winner Das hopes to use the double header Thursday and Friday test session well to his advantage with the aim being to firmly put himself back on the podium over the course of the weekend.

From the longest circuit on the calendar last time out at Spa-Francorchamps, American racer Das now faces the shortest on the calendar in the form of the Brands Hatch GP track which plays host to the sixth round of the season. The 2017 Championship  has so far been a thrilling showdown with the rising single seater star proving his speed from the offset; so far taking a victory in the competitive Championship, a further four podiums and three impressive pole positions which also has him in contention for the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup within the series itself.

For this weekend, Das will be on track from Thursday for two days of official testing before the weekend gets underway in earnest on Saturday. Having never taken to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit before the aim is for Das to use the two days of testing on the shorter Indy configuration to his advantage. He commented, “I haven’t had any experience on the Grand Prix layout in the race car so the extent of my knowledge is basically from years playing racing games and on the simulator. So it will be a tough track to get up to speed at during the 20 minute practice session on Saturday morning, but I’ve spent a huge amount of time on the simulator to compensate for that.”

The reigning Formula Four US Champion, who sits just one point shy of breaking the 300 point barrier in the Championship, commented of the Brands Hatch race circuit, “It’s a high speed track with little room for error, so it’s all about precision and bravery – two things I plan on having plenty of this weekend. These two days at Brands Indy are really to reacclimatize myself with the car again after having such a long break. Brands Indy shares the first three corners with the GP layout, so that is helpful but there isn’t anything in particular we are hunting for during these tests just to get a feel for the track ahead of the weekend.”

Das has been a challenger throughout the season – consistently securing points for his Championship campaign which has him currently lying in fifth position overall. Reflecting on his hopes and aspirations for the weekend and the final few rounds of the season he added, “The approach has always been to win and that won’t change these last few rounds. Mathematically the Championship is still possible, but it will take a lot of effort and a bit of luck; a top three or top two Championship position is more than feasible by the end of this weekend. It’s been a couple rounds since I’ve been in the podium, so that’s a first priority but I want to be on that top step again for sure.

“We’ve had a break in the calendar which has allowed me to do a lot of training on the simulator and in the gym. While breaks can be nice, I’m really eager to get back in the car. Brands Hatch is another one of those legendary circuits and I believe it will suit my driving style.”

To keep up to date with the BRDC British Formula Three race winner this weekend live timing is available on the TSL website; http://www.tsl-timing.com/ where both the Thursday and Friday test sessions are available as well as qualifying and the races over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

You can also keep track of the Championship on Twitter for live information from the event by following the twitter handle @BRDCBritishF3.

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