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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Das confirms full Euroformula Open campaign for 2018

Das confirms full Euroformula Open campaign for 2018

Cameron Das has confirmed today that he will compete in the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship this season with British team Carlin. Up and coming race star Das has already tasted the Championship having participated in a handful of races last year however turns his focus to a full eight-round campaign where he will compete on world-class circuits over the course of the season.

Following a solid winter campaign in the TRS New Zealand, Das is straight back at it with the announcement of his full-time 2018 plans – and has already been testing with his Carlin race team in Barcelona. Das, who already has a good relationship with the team after a stellar season racing in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship, will continue the partnership as he embarks on a pre-season test programme continuing with Paul Ricard later this week.

17-year-old Das has enjoyed an enviable career to date despite his young age. In 2016 the Baltimore-native was crowned the very first Formula Four US Champion taking an astonishing nine race victories along the way. This incredible achievement at such a young age catapulted his career and led to a switch to Europe for the 2017 season.

Making the most of the year, Das competed in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship with Carlin – enjoying a brilliant race win at Rockingham and a further six podiums.  Das followed this up with his debut in the Euroformula Open Championship for the final four rounds of the season. Using the experience to get to grips with brand new tracks, Das was a regular top ten finisher and impressed in a field with drivers who had been competing throughout the entirety of the season.

In anticipation of the 2018 season Das made the call to race in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand, a five-round event one-mark series. Das endured some bad luck throughout the event with a couple of mechanical issues however ended the season with recognition for his stunning last-lap, and last-corner, overtake to claim the Best Overtaking Manoeuvre of 2018 award of the series.

“I am elated to announce my involvement in Euroformula Open with Carlin this year,” said Das. “The championship is incredibly strong, and it offers a platform which I believe will prepare me well for other European championships in the future. I’m glad I have the opportunity to work with Carlin which has had an incredible influence in my development thus far. I have no doubts that we will be championship contenders from the start. They truly have an A-list group of people working on our 2018 effort.  I am especially excited to work with Harvey Spencer as my engineer, so I feverishly anticipate our results this year.

“Personally, I’ve been working incredibly hard during this off-season to best prepare for this championship. I believe my participation in the Toyota Racing Series, recent winter tests, and off-track physical training have put me in better form ahead of a season than ever before. I am incredibly grateful for my sponsors, the Bertil Roos Racing School and Autobahn Indoor Speedway, for helping to make my wildest dreams a reality.”

Trevor Carlin added, “We are thrilled to welcome Cameron to our Euroformula Open team for the 2018 season. We’ve enjoyed working with him since he first starting testing with us before he raced in the BRDC British F3 Championship in one of our cars. He’s already had a taste of the Euroformula Open car in racing conditions so we’re very much looking forward to the upcoming season working together where we know he will be a podium and race winning contender throughout.”

Das will be on track later this week for the second Euroformula Open test at Paul Ricard.

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Das ends TRS as recipient of Greatest Overtaking Manoeuvre

Das ends TRS as recipient of Greatest Overtaking Manoeuvre

The final round of the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand has yielded a solid result for 17-year-old racer Cameron Das as he took part in the final three races of the 2018 Championship at Manfeild. Das, who stormed in to seventh place in the second race of the weekend, leaves New Zealand having enjoyed some brilliant wheel to wheel action over the course of the five-round event. Das also rounded off the series with recognition for his fantastic last corner overtake at Taupo as he was awarded for pulling off the Greatest Overtake Manoeuvre of the entire series – an accomplishment and testament to his race-craft.

In what has been a hard-fought and exciting 2018 championship, Das headed to the Manfeild Autocourse full of anticipation for the final round of the season. Taking to the 3km circuit for free practice Das once again endeavoured to get up to speed quickly – learning the intricacies well, he placed his Victory Motor Racing FT40 car strongly in the top five as he looked ahead to the rest of the weekend.

Qualifying was a tense affair for the entire field, a damp but drying track meant that slicks were the way forward. However, the drama was two-fold for Das as he struggled with a brake issue which seemed to intensify as the track dried out. This left him down the order on the timing screens and also unfortunately followed him in to the opening race of the weekend which became a case of damage control.

However race two was where Das once again made his mark on the field. Starting from 11th position, the 2016 F4 US Champion was keen to get away quickly and gain progress. A brilliant start meant he was positioned perfectly to improve on his weekend. Making quick work of gaining four positions early on and challenging those ahead, Das was once again impressive with his race craft and took the flag in seventh position. He finished the season off with an 11th place in the final round.

For 17-year-old Das the Championship was rounded off with recognition at the end of season banquet as he was honored with the award for the Greatest Overtaking Manoeuvre of the entire TRS New Zealand for his astonishing last corner dive at Taupo. Das’ lightning starts, and strong race craft have been a staple of the series; enjoying the wheel to wheel action with his competitors and not giving up when things looked tough the talented American has gained a raft of experience from the event and leaves New Zealand full of confidence for the season ahead.

“This final weekend at Manfield was another with many highs and lows” reflected Das. “In practice, we were looking really strong on both new and used tires. Qualifying threw us yet another challenge with a drying track on slicks, but I felt confident in these conditions. Despite having the confidence to qualify well, I was hindered by a brake issue that progressively became worse whilst the track was drying. We believed we found the issue before race one, but only a few laps in it became apparent that it wasn’t solved. Race one was primarily about surviving the race with limited stopping ability.

“With the issue diagnosed and addressed, race two was truly enjoyable. Having to start in 11th, I made my way to seventh in just a few laps and I was challenging the two cars in front of me all the way to the checkered flag. Being a part of the New Zealand GP was truly a humbling experience; I’ve only been to a few countries that cherish Motorsport the way Kiwis do, and to be associated with the pinnacle of it is mind bending.”

Having taken part in 15 races, enjoyed incredible racing action and impressed with his lightning reactions on the starting grid Das said of the experience, “Looking back at these last five weeks, I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time. We had a lot of bad luck which forced us to show tremendous strength as a team in positions of weakness. I was honored to be the recipient of the Greatest Overtaking Maneuver Award of 2018. Improving my race craft is exactly what I came to this championship to do, and I believe this award proves I succeeded in that task. I’ve also met so many incredible people, including the entirety of the Victory Racing team.

“I must thank Mo, Julian, and Jose for giving their all this season and always keeping their heads up. I must also thank Toyota, Nico, and Sarah for organizing such a well put together championship. I honestly feel like I’ve never been more prepared for a race season. I also must thank those who are responsible for bringing me to this spectacular country: my sponsors – Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Bertil Roos Racing School, and Meguiars Polish. And I also must thank my parents, of course, who continue to allow and assist me in pursuing my ultimate dream.”

Das, who finished the event in 12th position overall, now looks ahead to returning to Europe where he will be announcing his 2018 season plans shortly.

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