Two top five finishes mark solid weekend in Budapest for Das

Two top five finishes mark solid weekend in Budapest for Das

Cameron Das has once again proven great race speed and consistency with a double top five finish at the Hungaroring in Budapest as the fourth round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship concluded this weekend. Taking on two days of official testing and Free Practice sessions ahead of the weekend, Das used the time well to put lap after lap in and get to know the unfamiliar circuit. Wet but drying conditions made for a challenging opening qualifying session however the 18-year-old American was quick to battle back in to a top five position as racing got underway. On Sunday, he was once again a protagonist to qualify in third position and took home fourth come the checkered flag.

For Das the Hungaroring once again marked a brand-new circuit that the talented American had to get to grips with in his Carlin car. Making the most of a fantastic amount of track time on Thursday, followed by three shorter Free Practice sessions on Friday, Das was ready and fired up for the weekend ahead.

However, on Saturday morning the challenges came thick and fast. A wet but drying track left his Carlin team a headache to contend with – at what point would the track become suitable for slick tires? Initially on his wet weather rubber his pace was brilliant however as a dry line appeared, the need to move to slicks became apparent. Bolting on new tires for his qualifying run, it suddenly started to rain again – forcing him to switch back to wets for the rest of the session; ultimately qualifying in seventh as the track dried out once again.

Starting out of position in seventh, Das was good off the line and slotted in behind his team mate Matheus Iorio. After a first safety car period his position had improved to sixth before a brave move on Yves Baltas saw Das soar through and up to fifth keeping his team mate in his sights at the same time. A second safety car period saw the pair get close once again but with overtaking notoriously difficult Das crossed the line in a strong fifth position.

Sunday morning’s 30-minute qualifying session was a far less dramatic affair and allowed Das to really show his speed. Pushing hard throughout, Das set a time to line up on the second row of the grid in third ahead of the afternoon’s race. Off the line he found himself squeezed on the run down to turn one and lost a position, however continued to chase Marcos Siebert ahead to try and re-gain ground. As is quite often the case at the Hungaroring, the race seemed to have been decided at the first corner and Das crossed the line after 17 laps in a brilliant fourth position – marking a double top five finish from the weekend.

“Having two days of practice really helped me get up to speed at the Hungaroring which is quite a difficult circuit to master,” Das said of the weekend. “I was fairly quick from the beginning, but we decided to test some theories during practice just to be sure another direction wasn’t going to be beneficial for weather conditions. When it came time to the first qualifying, we were rapid on a drying track with wet tires. I came in for slicks when I thought it was ready, but it began to rain as soon I went back out on slicks. Not wanting to risk it, I came back in for a new set of wets, but the rain stopped, and slicks once again became the better option. I think my lap time was quite respectable for wet tires, but it was only good enough for seventh.

“In the race, I did my best to work past cars in the opening laps but very characteristically of Hungaroring, we became locked into a procession even with two safety cars. I kept pressure on my teammate all race, but an overtaking opportunity wasn’t possible.

“On Sunday in the second qualifying, we had normal weather conditions. I put in a solid lap that placed me third for race two. In the race, it became a bit of a procession once more after the first corner, so I ended in fourth position but with some good points to come away with.”

A gap in the season follows over summer before the championship roars back in to action at Silverstone at the very beginning of September.”

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Budapest marks season mid-point for Das

Budapest marks season mid-point for Das

Budapest, the buzzing capital city of Hungary, will mark the halfway point of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship for talented racer Cameron Das this weekend. With three rounds already complete in Estoril, Paul Ricard and Spa, American racer Das now looks ahead to another brand-new circuit to tame in his Carlin-Dallara as he travels to Hungary for two more fast and exciting races.

Das has enjoyed a solid start to his first full season in the competitive Euroformula Open Championship field. The 2016 F4 US Champion has already taken two podiums and a fastest racing lap but has also endured bad luck; most recently at the previous round at Spa. While looking likely to clinch a maiden race win, the victory was cruelly stolen away from him when a fellow competitor tapped him sideways and ultimately into the barriers – ending what had been an impressive and assured drive.

Das has well and truly put the heartbreak behind him to turn his thoughts and ambitions towards the Budapest round – often described as being like ‘Monaco without the barriers.’ The circuit, known for being somewhat tricky to overtake on, is placed just outside of the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Often drawing a great crowd from the city centre and surrounding areas the event also provides tight battles in the Euroformula Open series – from strong charges down to the first corner as the lights extinguish to nose-to-tail action through the subsequent turns, the Hungaroring will no doubt provide another great show this weekend.

Das, who is yet to visit the Hungarian track, said of the upcoming weekend, “This weekend will be my first time in Budapest. I’ve heard so many great things about the track and the city itself, so it’s definitely one of the rounds I’ve looked forward to the most this year. The track is one of the shorter ones on the calendar, but it hosts a lot of varying corner types, so I think it will suit our setup quite well. It’s quite a technical track which is something that has suited my abilities in the past.

“The halfway point of the season is almost upon us, and I’m content with what I’ve accomplished so far. The points are very close at the top, so I know that it could only take one or two races to be in second or third position in the championship at this point. I think I showed what I was truly capable at Spa, so I greatly look forward to doing that again in Hungary.”

This weekend will feature an additional day of testing on Thursday which will fully maximise the amount of track time that the 18-year-old will have in which to get nicely up to speed as he takes on the Hungaroring for the very first time. The full timetable for the upcoming weekend is as follows:

Event timetable (local time):

Thursday:

09:00 – 12:00 Private test 1
13:30 – 14:25 Private test 2
15:30 – 16:25 Private test 3

Friday: 
10:10 – 10:40 Free Practice 1
14:10 – 14:40 Free Practice 2
16:40 – 17:10 Free Practice 3

Saturday:

10:40 – 11:10 Qualifying 1
14:40 (17 laps) Race 1

Sunday:

09:00 – 09:30 Qualifying 2
13:10 (17 laps) Race 2

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Immense speed shown from Das at Spa-Francorchamps

Immense speed shown from Das at Spa-Francorchamps

Cameron Das has impressed with his raw speed at Spa-Francorchamps as the third round of the 2018 Euroformula Open season concluded. The talented American racer was immense with his one lap pace in qualifying to line up on the front row of the grid for the opening race of the weekend and stormed in to the lead. Despite his brilliant race pace, heartbreak was to come when he was unceremoniously taken out of the lead of the race following a move from a competitor which was only ever going to end in tears. As a result, Das found himself a passenger as he was thrown into the barriers; devastatingly seeing what would have been well-deserved maiden win fall away from him.

From the very start of the weekend it was clear that Das was going to be a force to be reckoned with. Throughout practice on Friday he was consistent and fast in his Carlin car – topping the time sheets for the day. On Saturday morning the 2016 F4 USA Champion was once again one to watch throughout the 30-minute qualifying session. Das was a constant challenger and in the very final moments jumped up to secure second place as his own.

Starting on the dirty side of the grid Das held his nerve well as he ran up Eau Rouge and Raidillon to get a fantastic slip-stream effect and take the lead of the race with a brilliantly brave move. However his progress was halted a little when a safety car came out on track which also cut his lead down as the field bunched up. In turn, this allowed Marcus Siebert to close in on him and the pair fought over the next few laps – trading positions with Das holding the upper hand throughout.

Siebert made a challenge on Das for the lead of the race a short while later as the pair went in to Les Combes. Unfortunately, Siebert out-braked himself, speared out of control across the track and sent Das hurtling into the barriers; ultimately out of the race.

Putting the disappointment of Saturday behind him Das picked himself up and had another shot at things on Sunday. Once again, his pace was clear to see but traffic on his final flying lap would hold him back and see him qualify out of position in tenth for the final race of the weekend. Focusing on the challenges ahead Das was determined to prove his pace again and collect some well-deserved points. Getting a great start to the race he was fully lit as he made his way through the field – fighting with his team mate, who he cleverly overtook on the penultimate lap at the last chicane, Das took the flag in fifth position.

“It’s been a roller coaster of a weekend,” Das said of his first Euroformula Open race weekend at Spa. “Right from the word go, we were quick. On Saturday, we qualified second despite catching a slower car during the fast lap. In the race, I took the lead going into Les Combes and I held it until the safety car came out. Siebert and I battled back and forth for a bit until Siebert out-braked himself while trying to overtake around the outside into Les Combes. He unfortunately didn’t take safety into account when re-entering the track and ended up sending me into the wall while I was leading the race. I was quite disappointed that it ended that way, but our pace was undeniable.

“On Sunday, we were once again rapid in qualifying with a projected pole position time but we were unfortunately blocked by another driver who was preparing his own fast lap in the chicane. As a result, we started tenth for race two. Together with my teammate, we quickly worked our way up to fifth and sixth. Through ‘bump-drafting’ and ‘leap-frogging,’ we managed to close the gap significantly to the podium positions in final laps, but it wasn’t enough. Instead, we battled back and forth on the last lap for fifth which I ultimately was able to secure.”

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Das excited for Spa-Francorchamps return

Das excited for Spa-Francorchamps return

For Cameron Das this weekend marks a return to the familiar Spa-Francorchamps as the talented 18-year-old racer gears up for the third round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship. Already a podium scorer this season, Das looks to add to his tally this weekend over the course of the two races on offer.

With four races of the Euroformula Open Championship already complete following rounds in Estoril and Paul Ricard, the Baltimore native will now return to a track he has raced at in a previous season: Spa-Francorchamps, the infamous Formula One circuit. The tricky circuit in Belgium is a driver and spectator favorite with the challenges often compounded by changeable weather conditions. All in all, this unpredictability makes any weekend racing in the Ardennes forest a thrilling spectacle.

As the longest track on the 2018 calendar at 7.004km, Spa features iconic corners such as Raidillon, Eau Rouge and Pouhon to name a few. Hosting incredibly tense battles over the years this weekend will no doubt provide more fantastic racing with slip streaming and overtaking in abundance as Das looks to take advantage of everything on offer at a track he enjoys driving.

“Spa has to be my favorite track in the world,” Das said of the upcoming round. “It was also my favorite track in the simulator before racing there for real last year in British Formula Three. The combination of long straights, technical and flowing switchbacks and low downforce make it a challenging place. For all the challenge though, there is a tremendous reward for doing well!”

Reflecting on the intricacies of the circuit he added, “One of my favorite parts of Spa is sector two – after Pouhon (which is barely a lift in sixth gear) there is the fast and flowing switchbacks of the Campus corners. On a normal downforce setting, these corners would be straightforward, but to maximize the massive straights in sector one and three, we have to make the car somewhat lively which is incredibly exciting.”

As ever, Das will have testing on Friday before a qualifying and race on both Saturday and Sunday to look forward to.

Event timetable (local time):

Friday: 
09:00 – 09:30 Free Practice 1
12:46 – 13:16 Free Practice 2
15:50 – 16:20 Free Practice 3

Saturday:

09:35 – 10:05 Qualifying 1
14:15 (13 laps) Race 1

Sunday:

09:00 – 09:30 Qualifying 2
13:25 (13 laps) Race 2

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Das notches another podium after Paul Ricard return

Das notches another podium after Paul Ricard return

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paul Ricard return for Das as second round approaches

Paul Ricard return for Das as second round approaches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Podium signals season intentions for Das

Podium signals season intentions for Das

Cameron Das has enjoyed a promising start to his 2018 Euroformula Open Championship campaign claiming a strong podium position during the opening round of the season in Estoril, Portugal. Das made a storming start during the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon to immediately gain positions and work his way in to third place to signal his intentions for the rest of the season. Race two saw Das score more valuable points as he sits fourth overall in the driver standings.

Heading to Estoril for the very first time, Das looked to make the most of two days of official pre-season testing which took place on Thursday and Friday. However it was a challenging couple of days for everyone with wet conditions in the morning giving way only in the afternoon to a drying track. This in turn meant that little was gained regarding car set up as his Carlin team headed in to the Saturday morning qualifying session.

The first 30-minute shoot-out in dry conditions was a frustrating session for American racer Das, despite showing great speed during his first stint. Coming up against traffic when he fitted his new tires for the second run, Das found his fastest lap compromised which left him somewhat out of position having qualified in sixth.

In true form, Das didn’t let this get to him. The talented 18-year-old set his sights on the challenge ahead, got his head down and launched incredibly well off the line to immediately tick two cars off his list. Receiving a small tap in the first corner, Das continued on his way and began closing in on Marcos Siebert ahead. Cutting the advantage down over the next lap, it took no time at all before Das was able to pull off a brave move heading in to the first corner of the second lap to steal third position as his own. This allowed the 2016 US F4 Champion to really show his pace – setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. The rest of the race was a processional affair for Das; his fastest lap stood the duration and he crossed the line in third to collect his first podium of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship.

Das said of the race, “I had a bit of bad luck in qualifying with traffic so wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be on the grid, but I had a great start to the race and was able to gain two positions by the second corner despite getting a little tap out there. Then I passed Siebert the following lap and focused on tyre management from that point and got my first podium of the season.”

Sunday’s qualifying saw a return to the wet conditions. Das pushed hard throughout and set the fifth quickest time ahead of the second and final race of the weekend. Launching well again on his slick tires during the afternoon’s race Das looked to make a move at the first corner however found himself squeezed, having to pull out and slot back in to fifth in the slippery conditions. The rest of the 19-lap race saw Das cut down the gap to Petru Florescu ahead who seemed to be struggling in the latter half of the race; despite closing in well, Das ran out of laps and settled for sixth position – scoring strong points in the second race of the weekend.

Das said of the weekend, ““We’ve had a really solid weekend as a team. Matheus [Iorio, Carlin teammate] and I are tied for fourth in the standings, and we know we have the pace to run at the front. Race two was quite tricky with a drying track, but we gained valuable data for future weekends.

“I want to add a huge thanks the team and to my sponsors Worldeye, Ignitio, Didthat, Autobahan Indoor Speedway and the Bertil Roos Racing School for all their support during this opening weekend of the season.”

Das ready for lights out in Estoril

Das ready for lights out in Estoril

The opening round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship will get underway this weekend as Cameron Das returns to the cockpit of his Dallara F312 car in Estoril, Portugal. In anticipation of the brand-new season, Das has already taken part in three successful pre-season tests bringing home the first trophy of the season for his Carlin team following a strong podium in the Winter Series event at Paul Ricard.

2018 has already been a productive one for 18-year-old Das; heading to New Zealand in January, the 2016 US Formula 4 Champion raced in the five-round Toyota Racing Series. This event saw Das work on his race craft and produce a stand-out performance during which he impressed with a daring last corner overtake on the final lap while approaching the chequered flag –  the bold and brilliantly executed move was recognized at the Championship’s conclusion as being the best overtake of the Series.

Since then, Das has kept busy with his pre-season preparation after announcing his return to the highly competitive Euroformula Open Championship. Over the course of three pre-season tests in Barcelona, Paul Ricard and Jerez, Das has not only been strong with his pace but has also been providing crucial information back to his Carlin team in regard to car set-up and handling ahead of the season.

Das now looks ahead to the opening round of the season which gets underway at the Autódromo do Estoril, Portugal this weekend. The 2.5-mile circuit, 30 minutes west of Lisbon, will provide a new challenge for the talented American who once again takes on the intricacies of a track unfamiliar to him. Das has been working hard in the simulator ahead of the season and will have two action-packed days of testing on Thursday and Friday in which to get back up to speed, before the first qualifying session of the 2018 Euroformula Open season gets underway on Saturday morning. This will set the grid for the race on Saturday afternoon before Das will have to do it all over again on Sunday with a second qualifying and race to look forward to.

Das said of the upcoming weekend, “I’ve greatly enjoyed my time back in the car recently during winter testing. While it has been cold, I’ve gained tremendously valuable experience on the Michelin dry and wet compound tires. We’ve made progress with the setup as well for a variety of circuit types which we will encounter this season. Estoril seems to be an exciting track with a good mixture of high speed and technical bits, so I’m eager to see our ultimate pace. The forecast looks mostly wet this weekend, but I think that will provide the perfect opportunity to show our slippery condition performance.

“During the testing ban in January and February, I had the opportunity to race in the Toyota Racing Series which utilized the same Michelin compound as Euroformula Open. It was good to get the racing “cobwebs” off and to enter that mindset early in the year. I honestly can’t wait for the starting lights to go out on Saturday!”

To find out more about the championship, or to keep up to date with all the action this weekend, head over to the official website: www.euroformulaopen.net.

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Das completes successful final pre-season test in Jerez

Das completes successful final pre-season test in Jerez

Cameron Das has completed a strong and successful final pre-season test ahead of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship. Taking on two days of official testing in Jerez, Spain, Das was once again at the sharp end of the grid as he and his Carlin team worked through a full and productive test programme ahead of the eight-round series. This will be the final test before the start of the 2018 Euroformula Open season which gets underway next month in Estoril, Portugal.

For American racer Das, who recently turned 18, the two days of testing at the Spanish circuit allowed him to jump back in to his Euroformula Open car and get to grips with the 4.428km Jerez circuit. Using the two busy days to his advantage he worked through a full programme of both qualifying and race runs in anticipation of the season – as well as providing vital feedback on the performance of the car.

Starting the test on old, used tries Das was quickly on the pace and cemented his championship aspirations; despite the tire disadvantage he was still able to impress and set the third quickest time during the morning and ended the day in fourth overall having completed a total of 84 laps. Using new tires for the second day of the test, Das was at the very top of the time sheets for a large portion of the afternoon before a red flag drew a conclusion to proceedings with the talented racer in fourth position overall.

Over the course of the two days, Das completed a total of 149 laps equalling over 650km; gaining valuable experience and track time ahead of the season opener in Estoril.

Das said of the test, “We made good progress during the past two days here in Jerez. We started on Wednesday with a good car following on from testing last time out at Paul Ricard, so I was quickly up to third overall despite being on used tires that morning. Then for the second day on new tires we were in the top four again.

“Throughout the rest of the test we made multiple changes to the car to give us a better knowledge as we head in to the season for future rounds – and Jerez specifically. With all this information gathered, I’m confident that we can be on top for the first round in Estoril.”

The 2016 F4 US Champion now looks ahead to the season opener at Estoril in April where he will be looking to replicate his strong winter testing form.

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Das claims Winter Series podium at Paul Ricard

Das claims Winter Series podium at Paul Ricard

In his first on-track appearance since announcing his 2018 season plans, Cameron Das has once again impressed with his pace during the Euroformula Open Winter Series Event at Paul Ricard, France. The young American finished the two-day event with a podium finish for third place having been a protagonist throughout testing on Friday and Saturday morning. The Winter Series event marks the second Euroformula Open official test of the 2018 season with Das now looking ahead to the third and final test at Jerez later this month before the season gets underway in April.

The two-day event at Paul Ricard consisted of a full day of productive testing beginning on Friday for Das and his Carlin team. Using the six sessions on offer to his advantage, Das immediately became a driver to watch and had set the second quickest time of the third session as he successfully reacquainted himself with his Dallara F312 car. The 17-year old Baltimore native continued his strong form throughout both Friday and Saturday morning to set the third fastest time overall.

With the successful test plan complete, his focus quickly turned to Saturday’s qualifying and double-header race event at the French Formula One spec circuit. The 30-minute session was a strong shoot out event for Das who made sure that he lined up on the third row of the grid in sixth overall ahead of the opening race of the weekend; and as the lights went out, Das once again had the mentality of improving on his grid position. True to form, the 2016 F4 US Champion fought well throughout the 14-lap race to gain position and take the flag in fifth overall.

Keen for another strong result, Das was back on the grid for the final race of the weekend just a couple of short hours later. In what is becoming a trade mark for the young American, Das launched brilliantly off the line and took the lead of the race on the opening lap. A tough battle ensued between the top three drivers over the next few laps and, despite some fantastic defending from Das, the positions changed as the fight raged on. Crossing the line in third place Das took a strong podium, signalling his talent and intentions for the upcoming season in the highly competitive Euroformula Open championship.

“I think we’ve had a solid showing this weekend at Paul Ricard,” Das reflected on the event. “While we would’ve liked to be on the top step, I think a podium finish is still a good result. I do think we had the potential to be on the top, but as a team we focused more on testing changes to benefit us in the future. The conditions we had this weekend will probably never happen during the race season, so we focused more on changes that would benefit the conditions we will see later down the road.

“I want to say a huge thanks to the Carlin boys for their commitment as always, and to my sponsors Data Federal, Bertil Roos Racing School, and Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Now, on to Jerez!”

The final official pre-season Euroformula Open test takes place at Jerez later this month.

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