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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Das eyes up strong season finale at Donington

Das eyes up strong season finale at Donington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Das impresses in first taste of Euroformula Open action

Das impresses in first taste of Euroformula Open action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Das shows serious speed with weekend fastest lap

Das shows serious speed with weekend fastest lap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Das on course for strong penultimate race weekend

Das on course for strong penultimate race weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Das recovers well to return to the podium

Das recovers well to return to the podium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brands Hatch beckons Das for BRDC British F3

Brands Hatch beckons Das for BRDC British F3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Das leaves Spa with double top five finish

Das leaves Spa with double top five finish

Cameron Das has impressed on his Spa-Francorchamps debut in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship this weekend – securing two top five finishes and another consistent weekend of racing in the highly competitive championship. The 17 year old rookie had little time to get up to speed with the intricacies of the challenging circuit however once again took them in his stride to not only qualify in the top ten but also improve throughout the weekend to finish seventh, fourth and fifth respectively in the three races.

The long and infamous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium threw a new challenge in the mix for reigning Formula Four US Champion Das this weekend. At seven kilometres qualifying on Friday was always going to be a tricky affair when a tow around the circuit is ever important – the long lap time obviously meant fewer opportunities in which to really find the perfect lap. However Das dealt with the challenge presented to him well and although he was unable to take advantage of the slip streaming effect to enhance his lap time, took the flag in tenth to set his position for the opening race of the weekend.

Race one later that day on Friday afternoon was surprisingly dry despite Spa’s reputation for extreme and fast changing weather conditions. Das was once again a solid runner through the field – gaining two positions on the opening lap and crossing the line in a strong seventh position which ensured him not only good championship points but a great starting position for the reverse grid race on Saturday.

Lining up on the front row of the grid in second Das had a brilliant start to the reverse grid race. The Rockingham victor stayed close behind his Carlin team mate and race leader James Pull as the field streamed through the complicated corners the circuit has to offer. However his other team mate Enaam Ahmed was thrown in to the mix as he took position from Das; the young American would cross the line in an impressive fourth position – fighting hard and battling well with those around him until the end.

The third race of the weekend, set using the drivers’ fastest racing laps, saw Das start from fourth place having once again proven his envious race pace. The opening laps of the race were full of overtakes as everyone took advantage of the slip stream effect; this was also true for Das who, running well within the top five, was trying to take advantage of this himself – battling to get ahead of those around him and break the all-important tow. Following a fast-paced and exciting final race of the weekend, Das crossed the line in fifth position – ensuring two great top five finishes at arguably one of the most challenging circuits on the 2017 calendar.

Das reflected on the weekend, “I think this weekend went pretty well not having raced at Spa before. Two top five positions is a good result but I had hope for a little bit more. Through free practice, we developed the car quite a bit and in qualifying the car was really hooked up. Unfortunately a tow didn’t come at the right time which put us farther down the grid than we wanted despite having pace for the first or second row.

“I did my best to move forward in the rest of the races and I learned a lot of valuable information for racing at Spa specifically. When it comes to racing, it is so different than other tracks because of how massive the straights are so it took some really aggressive defending and attacking. The starts of each of the races were the most memorable though – everyone but the race leader has a tow, so it’s just everyone close together coming out of Eau Rouge and trying to get track position before Les Combes.

“Now that I’ve been at two “F1 style tracks” I feel like my track knowledge has expanded quite a bit, but I’m excited to go back to some tight and narrow English circuits that have greater similarities to the American tracks I’m more accustomed to.”

Das will be back racing in the championship in August when racing gets underway at Brands Hatch for round six of the season.

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Legendary Spa on the horizon for Das

Legendary Spa on the horizon for Das

The next round on the BRDC British Formula Three Championship calendar will take American driver, and up and coming racing star, Cameron Das to the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium. The circuit, known for its changeable climatic conditions which inevitably lead to exciting and dramatic racing, will host the fifth round of the 2017 season. Das currently sits joint third overall in the standings and looks ahead to the weekend which will see him make his racing debut at the Belgian circuit.

Das, a rookie in the championship, has already tasted an impressive victory this season and will once again take on a brand new circuit in the form of Spa-Francorchamps with some of the most famous corners on the calendar. The seven km track is also the longest of the season meaning that every second on track will count in helping Das get up to speed and in tune around the circuit. Its position within the Ardennes forest also provides some extremely exciting and fast-changing weather conditions – such can be the extreme nature of the weather that one side of the circuit can be perfectly dry while the other drenched in rain.

The circuit has played host to a myriad of racing series including Formula One as well as countless junior category races making it perfectly placed on the calendar for young drivers like Das. The circuit also benefits from multiple overtaking opportunities around the course of the long racing lap.

The weekend will mark the start of the second half of the BRDC British Formula Three season which has already seen Das take part in four rounds, where he’s taken pole positions, a race victory and set fastest race laps in the process. The strong start to his maiden season in the championship ensures that as a rookie he currently sits in a great joint third position as the field leave British circuits for the first time this year. Das’ consistency throughout the four rounds so far at Oulton Park, Rockingham, Snetterton and Silverstone has easily seen him become one of the drivers to beat in the series.

Das said of the upcoming weekend, “Spa is a long track so we have less total laps than we would at a normal track during practice. Maximizing each lap is really important for the overall data collection of the weekend as well. Spa really is at the top of my list of the tracks I’ve been to so far; the combination of high speed and low downforce means that drivers are on the edge all of the time.

“Because of the extent of distance covered at Spa, exits are key in order to maximize the straights and according to data from when we tested there before, I was able to manage that well.  Pouhon is one of the fastest corners in motorsport, so mastering it with a low downforce car will be key for a good middle sector time.”

For the reigning US F4 Champion the fifth round of the season will see him pushing to be back at the front and challenging for wins. He added, “At this point, I’m more than familiar with the car and the format of European racing; now I’ll be focusing on the details of my race craft and Spa is one of the best places in the world to do that. Every day, I’ve learned something new and the quality of my driving from the beginning of the year to now has massively improved. I’ve attained staggering amounts of knowledge from the team, my teammates and competitors, so I really couldn’t have picked a better championship for this stage in my career.

“The points are really tight at the front end of the field but I certainly think I’m capable of a top three or even championship winning year as long as I continue to grow as a driver during this crucial final half of the season.”

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Das takes home more points from Silverstone debut

Das takes home more points from Silverstone debut

Das takes home more points from Silverstone debut

Cameron Das has enjoyed a solid weekend of racing as he made his competitive debut at iconic British circuit, Silverstone. Rising American star Das, who after four rounds of the season sits joint third overall, used the three races this weekend to learn a new track, produce some absolutely stunning overtaking manoeuvres and gain points to keep him in the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship hunt.

Once again a new challenge awaited the reigning US Formula Four Champion as he readied himself for a weekend of action at Silverstone; a track at which he would be making his racing debut. As a result the four test sessions on Friday would prove valuable track time for Das, despite having other open wheel cars on track with the British F3 field. The 17 year old American made the most of the sessions working with his engineer to get up to speed in the Tatuus-Cosworth Carlin car before qualifying on Saturday morning.

As it was qualifying got underway on Saturday with Das in full confidence of a fast car underneath him. Pushing hard throughout the duration of the 30 minute session Das, who has already secured two pole positions this season, looked to work his way up to speed and start the weekend well. On his new tyre run he hooked together some great sectors and set the fifth quickest time to secure his grid slot for the opening race of the weekend later in the day.

Das had a challenging start to the first race of the weekend in which he dropped positions after finding himself pushed wide and having to take avoiding action to miss one of the high sausage kerbs. As a result, he lost momentum however enjoyed some extremely exciting racing with those around him. Das said of the race, “I had a really strong start however I got pushed wide and had to back off to avoid a sausage kerb which meant I lost positons. After that I had a pretty good battle out there which was fun and it put us in a strong position for the reverse grid race.”

A new day on Sunday dawned with two races to look forward to in relatively short succession. The reverse grid race started with Das lining up on the second row of the grid and coming home to take seventh overall after a race full of battles up and down the grid.

However it was the third race of the weekend that proved by far the most exciting. With the grid set using the fastest laps from the previous two races Das lined up eighth having raced in close combat for most the weekend and unable to get a representative fast race lap on the board as a result. This in turn left him in the perfect position to truly hone his race craft around the British circuit.

Immediately gaining two spots on the first lap, Das was soon up behind Douglas Motorsport driver Jordan Cane who he set in his sights. In arguably one of the best overtaking moves of the weekend, the talented American drew close behind Cane, reeled him in and ran side by side – making his overtake stick incredibly well Das secured fifth position as the flag fell.

Reflecting on the race he said, “I think that race provided the highlight of the weekend for me! I really enjoyed the move on Jordan [Cane] and when it was happening I didn’t quite think that the move would stick but I had a lot of confidence in the car so I went for it. It’s also good to have made a move like because I have the confidence to do it again when I’m in a situation like that later in the season and have the opportunity presented to me. It was a little hard but good fun this weekend overall. Silverstone has a lot of chances for overtaking so that leads to great racing and I love the high speed nature of the track.”

Das once again used the weekend to continue his strong, consistent performance which has already seen him secure fantastic points and finishes in the Championship. At the mid-point of the 2017 season the reigning US Formula Four Champion now sits in joint third place – securing a brilliant position for the second half of the year.

“Coming in to the weekend we only had one day of testing compared to some of the other tracks where we have had two; so we knew that it would mean getting up to speed quicker both in the car and around the track,” said Das. “I had to rely on my memory of the track from tests a while ago and the simulator work that we had done to try and get on the pace straight away because it’s such a big track with lots of high speed exciting corners.

“I think that third overall in the championship is a good result for the mid-point. So far this season I’ve learnt a lot when it comes to race starts and technique – and it was the race experience that I really wanted to gain this season. I wanted to be in a really competitive championship and get that wheel to wheel action and I’m experiencing that right here in the BRDC British F3 Championship. It’s all great for learning and I certainly feel like the first half has delivered and I look forward to the second half of the season. We take the weekend as a learning experience knowing that we continue to pick up good points consistently in the races.”

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