Podium visit rounds off a challenging weekend

Podium visit rounds off a challenging weekend

It was a frustrating but rewarding weekend for Cameron Das in Monza as the sixth round of the Euroformula Open Championship took place in Italy. Strong pace in practice was replaced with tactics all around him in qualifying which left Das stuck in traffic and unable to get a proper representative lap on the board. As a result, the 18-year-old found himself lining up on the grid out of position for both races with it all to do. Despite pushing hard, Das was taken out of the first race however he more than made up for it on Sunday with a storming drive to take another great podium position – his fourth of the season so far.

Thursday and Friday before the weekend properly got underway gave Das the opportunity to hone his skills around the so-called Temple of Speed. Enjoying the hours of testing behind the wheel the talented American was on the pace and looking good ahead of the weekend.

However qualifying on Saturday morning was a completely different prospect. As is often the case, traffic built up around the 3.6-mile circuit as every single driver looked to take advantage of the slip stream effect. Instead of lap after lap of competitive times, drivers slowed and bunched together; desperate for an advantage without giving an edge to their rivals. Unfortunately, this traffic coupled with a gearbox issue throughout the session, left Das unable to make an impression and meant he qualified in tenth.

In the race, Das’ luck failed to turn around. Despite a solid start he found himself squeezed tighter and tighter between two cars at the first corner during the second lap which caused contact and sent him off track with damage to his car, unable to continue.

Sunday provided the opportunity to do it all over again. Das fought well to find a gap and remove himself from the tactics on track but was once again at a disadvantage with the traffic. This meant that for the final race of the weekend, he lined up in sixth.

Looking to end the weekend on a high Das got a solid start but dropped a position following an incident ahead of him at turn one. From there, he continued to push hard in seventh position before a safety car came out on track to deal with a collision between his Carlin team mate Dev Gore and Aldo Festante.

A few laps later, Das began his charge in earnest and had taken position from Matheus Iorio as the pair carved their way through the field, avoiding incidents around them. Swapping positions multiple times in the final laps, Das made it up to third, the final spot on the podium, before his team mate Iorio stole it back.

As it was, the pair continued their battle right up until the checkered flag fell with Das brilliantly coming out on top and adding another podium to his season tally as he walked on to the third step of the rostrum.

Das reflected on the weekend, “I think we recovered as a team well on Sunday. On Saturday, we had a gearbox issue, so I had to start at the back for Race One. To make matters worse, I was sandwiched between two cars on the second lap which critically damaged my front suspension.

“On Sunday morning, we got unlucky with track position during the last two minutes of qualifying, but despite not having any sort of a tow we were sixth fastest. For the race, I was in a bit of survival mode for the first two or three laps, but I knew my strong pace would allow me to proceed ahead if I was patient. After working with my teammate, Matheus [Iorio], we picked off cars in between us and I eventually overtook Matheus and defended the podium position from him for the last two laps.

“I’m actually really happy with how we recovered as a team. I think we will be a force to be reckoned with in Jerez in a few weeks’ time.”

Das will take to the track for the penultimate round of the championship in Jerez at the beginning of October.

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Magnificent Monza around the corner for Das

Magnificent Monza around the corner for Das

With the season back underway in earnest Cameron Das will return to the cockpit and launch in to action this weekend as the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship makes its way to Monza, Italy, for the sixth round of the year. Das, coming in to the weekend off the back of a podium last time out at Silverstone, returns to a circuit he knows and considers to be a “favorite on this year’s calendar.”

With history all around the Italian track is legendary for the battles it has seen over the years, the atmosphere it provides thanks to the passionate fans as well as the iconic and challenging corners. A dream for slip-streaming, Monza often delivers the chance for exciting overtaking which can be fewer and far between at other tracks – as a result, the nose to tail action leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.

Das, who has raced at the 3.6-mile circuit in the past knows this all too well. Last year, in only his second Euroformula Open race weekend, the talented American racer fought well to secure two top ten finishes enjoying multiple fights for position along the way. The busy nature of the track means keeping focused throughout the weekend is essential; driving well to gain a slip-stream during the all-important qualifying, while not giving the advantage away to a competitor behind, can often become one of the biggest challenges of the weekend.

Monza will also provide an additional day of testing for Das with Thursday being used to work through what will no doubt be a busy but constructive test plan over the course of the five hours on offer.

Last time out at Silverstone Das drove well to return to the podium following a brilliant defensive drive in the final race of the weekend. Standing back on the podium Das now intends to add to his achievements from the 2018 season so far which total an impressive nine top-six finishes including three podiums and a fastest lap to see him sit fifth overall in the championship classification.

“Monza is one of my favorites on this year’s calendar,” Das said about the upcoming round. “I had the chance to race there last year which will serve me well for this weekend. It’s a circuit that is amazing to race on – I didn’t have a single dull lap in either of the races last year, so hopefully the case will be the same for this one.

“Running low downforce is a completely different feeling, so maximizing the practice time provided on Thursday and Friday will be crucial.”

The full weekend schedule is as follows (local times):

Thursday:
09:00 – 12:30 – Testing 1
13:30 – 14:15 – Testing 2
15:35 – 16:20 – Testing 3

Friday:
10:10 – 10:45 – Free Practice 1
13:55 – 14:30 – Free Practice 2

Saturday:
10:25 – 10:55 – Qualifying 1
14:45 – Race 1 (16 laps)

Sunday:
09:00 – 09:30 – Qualifying 2
13:15 – Race 2 (16 laps)

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Das blasts back to the podium after mid-season break

Das blasts back to the podium after mid-season break

Cameron Das has cemented his speed at Silverstone with a fantastic podium position in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone as the Euroformula Open Championship returned from a long two-month summer break. Showing clear, strong speed on Friday during testing, Das later endured a challenging Saturday with little overtaking opportunities available during the race. However, the 18-year-old more than made up for it on Sunday with a second row start, brilliant getaway and great third place podium position.

After nearly two months away from racing action the sound of engines firing up on Friday was a welcome relief and despite a somewhat short test period, consisting of only two sessions, Das made the most of the 80 minutes he had in his Carlin Dallara car. Finishing as the second fastest driver during the morning session, and fifth overall at the end of the day, Das was in good spirits going in to qualifying on Saturday morning.

As it was, Saturday provided frustrations instead with Das unable to prove his potential; after a hard fought 30-minute session, Das posted the sixth fastest time to set his starting position for the opening race of the weekend. But Silverstone remained true to its reputation as being a notoriously difficult track in which to overtake and provided a relatively uneventful race for the 2016 F4 USA Champion who found himself unfortunately unable to gain much of an advantage; eventually taking the flag in sixth.

A full reset for Sunday meant another frantic fight for position during qualifying. Dealing with the pressure well Das pushed hard throughout and brought his car home in third position to secure a strong second row start ahead of the all-important afternoon race.

As the lights went out at a warm and sunny Silverstone, Das blasted off the line brilliantly to hold third position as the field streamed through the famous Maggots Becketts complex. He came under some pressure from Marcus Siebert but was able to make his Euroformula Open car as wide as possible over the next few laps – keeping the Campos driver nicely behind him and positioning himself inch perfectly. The tense dual continued for the remainder of the race as the pair seemed tied together at points with Das pulling a lead over his rival before the gap closed in once again. Dealing with the pressure well, Das drove a calm and smooth race in the closing laps to take the flag in third place – going down in the history books by securing the 1000th podium for his Carlin team.

Das said of the weekend, “I had a decent start off the line and was able to hold Marcus [Siebert] back through Maggots and Becketts and then it seemed like it was quite tough for him to keep up with me, so I was able to make a gap from there. He then came right back at me and had better pace in the middle part of the race, so I had to do quite a bit of defending but our pace was still very good.

“It’s great to be back on the podium again – it’s been a couple of rounds but it’s definitely where we deserve to be and I’m now aiming for the next goal which is getting on the top step. Two months has been a long time away from the car but it’s good to be back, get straight back on the pace and come away with a positive result.”

With a great result in the bag Das focuses his attention on the upcoming round at Monza towards the end of the month.

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Silverstone restarts Euroformula Open season for Das

Silverstone restarts Euroformula Open season for Das

After a lengthy break in the calendar Cameron Das will be back behind the wheel of his Euroformula Open car as the 2018 season roars back in to action at Silverstone this weekend. After almost two months away from racing action Das will dust off his Carlin race suit, return to the cockpit and get ready to race once again as battle recommences in the challenging and competitive series.

In the four race weekends so far this season, Das has come tantalisingly close to his first race victory in the championship. Solid qualifying sessions and race pace has led to two podiums, a fastest racing lap, and five top five finishes out of eight races, with the opportunities for further success heightened as he begins to return to circuits he has previously raced at in the past. His strong form means that he currently sits fifth in the championship standings with four rounds left to compete in this season after a consistent showing up to date.

Up next, Das will take on the challenges of Silverstone – known as the home of British motorsport. Its world-famous complex of thrilling corners such as Maggots and Becketts, as well as the brilliantly fast Stowe corner which follows the Hangar straight, make sure that the Silverstone GP circuit is regarded as one of the best events on the calendar. Das already has experience around the 5.891km track after appearances last season in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship as well as his debut race in the Euroformula Open Championship one year ago.

18-year-old Das has used the break in the year to return to his home in Baltimore, all the while continuing his fitness and training regime to ensure he comes back to the 2018 season in the same strong form he has shown throughout the previous eight races. Silverstone this weekend will kickstart the action before he heads to Monza later in the month followed by Jerez and the season finale at Barcelona in October.

Das said of the upcoming weekend, “Silverstone is just one of those tracks you always look forward to. It’s Carlin’s home GP and in a sense mine as well since I’ve lived in England almost two years now.

“The track has a plethora of corners and variation between them; it hosts some of the best high-speed corners in motor sports. This year will be particularly difficult with the new surface that is incredibly bumpy and prone to collecting water in inclement weather, so it will be a learning curve for sure but I’m excited for the challenge.”

As ever, both qualifying sessions and races will be streamed live on YouTube which can be accessed via the official website www.euroformulaopen.net

The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday 31st August

09.00 – 09.40 Free Practice 1
13.47 – 14.27 Free Practice 2

Saturday 1st September

09.45 – 10.15 Qualifying 1
14.15 (35 minutes) Race 1

Sunday 2nd September

09.00 – 09.30 Qualifying 2
12.45 (35 minutes) Race 2

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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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