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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Challenging weekend but recovery drives for Das

Challenging weekend but recovery drives for Das

It was a tough weekend of racing for Cameron Das as he took part in the third round of the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS) New Zealand at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Despite this, the American pulled on his experience to recover well and claim a top-eight finish in the final race of the weekend. A mechanical issue in the opening race, stopping him from accomplishing his trademark fast start, followed by contact in the second race summed up a tough third weekend in the five-round series. 17-year-old Das can be consoled by his clear pace during practice which saw him top the timesheets of the fourth session – once again proving his raw speed.

The third round of the TRS New Zealand took place at the Hampton Downs Motorsport Park – a challenging clockwise circuit with the short but fast lap providing exciting racing. Enjoying the circuit from the word go Das was immediately on pace and enjoying the track – setting the second quickest time in the opening session the 2016 F4 US Champion went one better and topped the fourth practice session in his Victory Motor Racing Toyota FT50.

Bringing everything he had learnt in to qualifying, the up and coming racer qualified in tenth position to start the first race of the weekend but was left feeling as though something was missing from the overall performance in the changing conditions. Disaster then struck at the start of the race when a clutch failure sadly saw him to fall down the grid. Full of determination, Das refused to let it define his race; working his way back up to 11th position in a solid recovery drive.

However his luck would take a further knock in race two when, while attempting an impressive overtaking move, a competitor turned in on him, sent him on to the grass and ultimately ended his race. Putting the disappointment of the previous races behind him, Das lined up at the back of the grid for the final race of the weekend and was able to manoeuvre his Victory Motor Racing car nicely to gain positions. Initially gaining well on the opening lap, Das kept up his pace and efforts to continue his strong progress throughout the course of the 25 lap-race right up until the end to show grit in his recovery drive up to eighth as the flag fell.

Das reflected on his weekend, “We were up to speed really quickly this weekend. In the new tire session of FP4, I was P1, so I was feeling fairly confident going to qualifying. Unfortunately, we didn’t adapt to the rapidly changing track conditions as we should have, and the results put the whole team at the back of the field. I knew that on used tires the pace would come back to us somewhat, but it’s a tough track to pass on so the start was crucial.

“Unfortunately, I had a clutch failure at the start of race one so I had to work back up to 11th. In the second race, while attempting to overtake two cars, one of them turned into me on the straight when I was already pinned against the grass on the outside which resulted in the termination of both of our races. Race three was a bit more positive than the first two though. I started 13th, and through good positioning on lap one and a race-long battle to the final laps, I was able to recover to eighth position.

“Obviously 8th isn’t the result any of us want, but my head is up and I’m looking forward to Taupo where we know we can show our pace again and enjoy a strong weekend.”

The penultimate round of the 2018 TRS New Zealand gets underway next weekend (1st – 4th February) at Taupo.

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Das improves championship position with three top ten finishes

Das improves championship position with three top ten finishes

Cameron Das has impressed with three top ten finishes in the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) New Zealand this weekend following the second round of the competitive Championship at the Teretonga Circuit. Back behind the wheel of his Victory Motor Racing Toyota FT-50 car, Das made the most of his second appearance in the five-round series and was impressive in the racing action which was once again full of strong starts and great overtaking moves for the young American. Achieving three top ten finishes over the course of the weekend, Das gained a position in the overall Championship standings as he now looks ahead to the third round of the 2018 season, upcoming in just a few short days.

Taking to the track for the second round of the season Das was sure to make an impression from the word go. Getting up to speed immediately, the 17-year-old was fully focused on the practice sessions on offer and improved well to finish comfortably within the top five.

In the opening qualifying of the weekend, Das was strong in his eighth position but felt that his pace was faster than had been proven on track however he was once again notable in his race pace throughout the weekend.

For the opening round of the weekend at the short 2.57km Teretonga circuit, Das lined up on the grid in eighth and finished well after 20 laps in ninth. After his first taste of racing action, Das then lined up for race two and enjoyed a fantastic show of action from start to finish. Already known for his fast starts in previous series, the 2016 F4 US Champion didn’t disappoint as he sped past those ahead in the initial stages. Sustaining his strong pace, which he had already proven earlier in the weekend, the young American continued to impress and was soon up to sixth position. As the flag fell, Das finished in seventh collecting great points for his championship campaign and continuing a weekend of strong results.

Rounding off the weekend, Das then lined up in eighth on the starting grid and made his way out for the final race of the weekend. In another strong showing, the up and coming American star finished in eighth position marking three great top ten finishes and once again proving his race pace and his consistency; consistency which has seen him gain a position in the championship standings this weekend.

Das reflected on the weekend, “This weekend we made really strong improvements that allowed us to recover a bit from the last round. After being in the top five in practice, we were a bit disappointed to qualify eighth because our race pace was really good, but it’s such a difficult place to overtake with all the aero wash that comes with the high-speed nature of this track.

“The highlight of the weekend was certainly in Race two when I made a lightning start and passed two cars before two further cars. Then on the second lap, I made an overtake for sixth place going into turn one and almost captured fifth with an “around the outside” move in turn one.

“While mid-pack results aren’t what I want, I know I have the potential to be up there with a bit more fine-tuning. Once again, a huge thank you to my sponsors: Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Bertil Roos Racing School, and Meguiars Polish.”

The third round of the season takes place next weekend at the Hampton Downs Motorsport Park as Das takes on the 2.63km circuit.

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Das enjoys first taste of TRS New Zealand

Das enjoys first taste of TRS New Zealand

Cameron Das has started the 2018 season in New Zealand as he takes part in the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) five-round event. The young and talented American racer was back out in competitive action this weekend for the first time since the conclusion of his 2017 campaign in October. Racing for Victory Motor Racing in the five-round series Das got the first taste of his 1.8-litre Toyota FT50 car as he participated in three races this weekend at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch.

Relishing the prospect of another new challenge, Das embraced the weekend from the off and went in to the five practice sessions with the intention of getting to grips with the 3.33km, anti-clockwise Ruapuna Park circuit. However, it was a challenging task facing the 2016 F4 US Champion, and the rest of the field, with wet conditions to contend with. Das took the changeable conditions in his stride and on Friday afternoon, in the final practice of the weekend, he posted the second fastest lap time as he looked forward to qualifying and the first of three races on Saturday.

The first qualifying of the weekend threw a further challenge in the mix as the tricky decision between slick and wet tires loomed over the field. As it was, this dilemma would also roll in to the second qualifying session later in the day adding an extra dimension to the already tense shoot-out. Das maintained his focus well to classify nicely in ninth as the flag fell on both sessions.

The opening race of the weekend saw Das launch off the line for the first time in earnest in his Toyota FT50 Victory Motor Racing prepared car; initially gaining well the American enjoyed a solid debut race of the season crossing the line in 11th place. However bad luck would hit following an unfortunate engine issue which forced him to retire prematurely during the second race of the weekend.

Picking himself back up from the disappointment, and starting from an improved eighth on the grid, Das was keen to finish the weekend with a strong result. Fighting well throughout the race the rising American star gained a position to seventh where he would eventually cross the line – showing his strong potential for the remainder of the upcoming 2018 series.

Das said of his first taste of the TRS New Zealand event, “This was certainly one of the more challenging race weekends I’ve had in a while. Even though we had three days of testing, all were wet and one was wet enough to cancel the session. Our first time on slicks was during qualifying in damp conditions which presented a great challenge for all the drivers. For the races, the sky finally cleared up, and we had our first proper dry tire runs.

“In each of the races, I managed to move forward on the opening laps despite having mechanical issues the first two races. In the second race, the engine had a loss of power which forced me to retire. While I’m certain we had the potential to fight at the front this weekend, I feel as though I gained a plethora of experience that rarely occurs in one race weekend.

“I’d like to thank Victory Racing for working so diligently throughout the weekend, and to my sponsors, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Meguiars Polish, and the Bertil Roos Racing School for granting this incredible opportunity.”

With little time to spare, Das will be racing at Teretonga Park, Invercargill next weekend as the second round of the Series takes place from the 18th – 21st January 2018.

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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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