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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Iconic Silverstone up next for Das

Iconic Silverstone up next for Das

Iconic Silverstone up next for Das

As the mid-point of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship fast approaches Cameron Das is well and truly ready for racing and looking forward to the prospects round four has to offer him at Silverstone this weekend. Taking on the exciting British circuit, the reigning F4 US Champion is looking to continue his brilliant progress in the competitive series, add further points to his strong tally, which currently sees him hunting down the lead of the championship, and continue his podium scoring ways.

With three rounds already in the bag, the talented American racer sits second overall in the British Formula Three Championship with only his team mate ahead of him. Chasing down points in every race Das has already impressively claimed victory and taken podiums at all three rounds [Oulton Park, Rockingham and Snetterton] so far this year. The upcoming weekend at Silverstone will mark the fourth event of an eight round season as Das looks to narrow the gap to the championship lead.

At 5.897km, Silverstone is a track at which many drivers wish to race; known as the home of British Motorsport the iconic circuit plays host to the Formula One British Grand Prix annually with many great names having been victorious around the 18 corner track. Always considered to be a driver favourite Das is in agreement with the sentiment and said ahead of the weekend, “Silverstone is one of those tracks with such an illustrious history that it makes you feel privileged to simply be at. Every part of the track is really exciting to drive, enjoyable and the high speed bits in particular are mesmerizing.”

Last time out at Snetterton, Das continued to collect all-important points and maintains his second position in the championship despite a challenging weekend in mixed conditions. The talented 17 year old even made sure to once again grace the podium continuing his great run of trophy collecting in the highly competitive championship. Speaking of the last round Das reflected, “Snetterton was definitely tough for me. I felt like I was on the back foot a little and in ‘catch up’ mode for the rest of the weekend after qualifying but I’ve been working with my engineer Paul [Anderson] and we’ve been using the simulator and data to maximize our Friday testing so I’m looking forward to getting back out there this weekend.”

Having been one of the key players to watch since first turning a wheel in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship and an immediate title contender, Das said of his championship ambitions, “As a racing driver you are always looking for more however second overall in the Championship is exactly what I was hoping for as a mid-season result. This weekend the goal is to reel in Enaam [Ahmed] so that I can close in on the lead of the Championship. However I’m really looking forward to enjoying the excitement that Silverstone has to offer and will be pleased to racing there.”

Das will first be out on track at Silverstone for practice sessions on Friday before qualifying and three races over the course of the weekend as the mid-point of the season beckons.

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Further podium and strong points as Das holds second in the standings

Further podium and strong points as Das holds second in the standings

Further podium and strong points as Das holds second in the standings

Rising American racing driver Cameron Das has concluded the third round the BRDC British Formula Three Championship with another podium and trophy to add to his growing collection. The reigning F4 US Champion dealt with a tricky qualifying in wet but drying conditions and made the most of the second race of the weekend, running wheel to wheel with the eventual race winner, to take second position overall. Gaining good points in every race this weekend; Das maintains his second place in the overall standings after three brilliant top six finishes at Snetterton.

Heading in to the third round of the BRDC British Formula Three Championship Das enjoyed two days of testing in unusual hot conditions around the Norfolk circuit however in stark contrast Saturday’s mid-morning qualifying was a challenging affair thanks to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the area. The wet, but drying, qualifying marked Das’ first experience of such a session; however the 17 year old held his nerve well, gaining great experience in the process and ensured a top eight start for the opening race of the weekend.

Das, who has been a clear target to beat in qualifying all season, said, “The rain was definitely challenging and a new element to add to qualifying this season – it was my first wet qualifying experience and I think I had a little bit more to give and was capable of finishing higher up in the order. It was tough for everyone out there and it was just one little mistake on my part on what would have been my fastest lap that meant I missed out. But it’s all experience to learn from especially considering we come back here to race later in the season again.”

As ever, and true to form, Das was on a mission to gain more valuable points in his championship hunt; within no time at all he had already made progress past his rivals to move up to sixth position – a position he would take the flag in for the opening race of the weekend. From here, Das also ensured a fantastic starting grid slot for the reverse race on Sunday morning as his attention focused on his season ambitions.

For race two, Das was looking for a swift start as he launched his Carlin car off the line from third on the grid. Looking fast and feisty, he was soon wheel to wheel with pole sitter Jordan Cane where, in a display of brilliant race craft, he confidently ran side by side for nearly half of the lap in his efforts to clinch the lead of the race. Slotting back in to second Das continued to point his Tatuus-Cosworth BRDC British Formula Three car at the Douglas Motorsport driver ahead as he looked to make a move – however in the disturbed and dirty air thrown up from the car ahead, Das dropped back and focused on setting a qualifying lap for the third race of the weekend.

Having taken a confident and assured second position Das said of the race, “Jordan [Cane] and I were side by side for most of the first lap which was a great battle between us! But then I came under pressure from behind so had to back out a little and take second – however I did try a few moves on Jordan throughout the race. Towards the end I dropped back and out of the dirty air to try to get a lap for race three but came under a little bit of pressure so couldn’t quite get the fast lap I wanted however the car felt really great. It’s good for morale to be on the podium again for both the team and myself, but the points are what excite me the most.”

The third and final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon once again saw a strong performance from the rookie racer who secured another brilliant top six finish. With his previous podium and two sixth place finishes, Das comfortably maintains his second position in the overall standings as the field now look towards the next round at Silverstone.

“Overtaking was really tough at Snetterton,” reflected Das on the weekend, “but that didn’t prevent me from overtaking when an opportunity arose out there. It’s difficult but not impossible as we definitely proved.”

“This weekend has been the toughest so far. Snetterton hasn’t quite sunk in with me yet but I’ve gained valuable experience nonetheless. We will be back there later in the season, so I’ll be much stronger with the knowledge I have now. The dramatic change in temperature was challenging considering that we’ve been testing in much cooler conditions so the car felt different and took a while to adjust to. However we came away with a podium and second place in the championship so it’s been a really good experience and extremely valuable for future races as we head to two of my favourite tracks next; Silverstone and Spa.

“As ever, I want to add a huge thanks to my family who came to support me, Carlin for their dedication and Expedia and Red Lion Hotels for their continued support of me.”

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Back to action for Cameron Das at Snetterton

Back to action for Cameron Das at Snetterton

After a break in the calendar rising American star Cameron Das will be back out on track taking part in the third round of the fast-paced and action-filled BRDC British Formula Three Championship. Das, already a Championship contender, is chasing the title hard and currently sits second overall as the Series moves to British racing circuit Snetterton for what will be the first of two visits to the Norfolk track over the course of the 2017 season.

Taking to the BRDC British Formula Three Championship like a duck to water, reigning Formula Four US Champion Das has had no trouble at all getting to grips with his Carlin Tatuus-Cosworth Formula Three car. With a quarter of the season already in the bag Das has so far been the man to beat when it comes to the fast-paced and intense qualifying sessions. Still the only driver to have clinched pole position in qualifying this season, the young American already has a fantastic reputation in the series as the driver to keep an eye on throughout the course of the weekend.

“The start of the season has given me a really big boost of confidence, especially since I know there is more to come as I settle into the car and championship more,” Das reflected of the opening two rounds. “It’s been nice to have a small break to be able to reflect on the previous races and I think the realizations I’ve come to will help me develop as a driver this weekend.”

Following his maiden victory of the 2017 season last time out at Rockingham, which came in the form of a supreme reverse grid fight from seventh on the grid to the front, rookie racer Das now sits comfortably in second place overall with a collection of points which has seen him impressively close the gap to the top of the standings to just 15 points – an assailable gap with his continuing strong form. With three races to play for once again this weekend at Snetterton, the opportunity to clinch the lead of the championship is well within reach for Das.  The 17 year old said of his approach, “My approach will see a slight change now that the gap to the top is closed. I can afford to take a few more risks that I couldn’t take earlier in the season with a big gap, so I’m sure we will see some intense battles in the reverse grid races.”

Snetterton is not only a circuit at which Das, like the rest of the field, has already tested at on various occasions but was also the track in which he took part in his first BRDC British Formula Three race while competing in the standalone Autumn Trophy event in 2016. A complete rookie to the car, Das impressed with his race craft and used everything he learnt during that weekend, and a winter test programme, to forcefully take on a full 2017 campaign as a Championship contender.

Having already raced at the 2.969 mile circuit Das commented, “Doing the Autumn Trophy certainly gives me a strategic advantage ahead of the official race weekend. I’ve already figured out where and where not to pass, and I’ve experienced the car in both clean and dirty air in race conditions which can never fully be replicated in testing. I’d say I have more confidence going into this weekend then the previous two because of that experience.

“Snetterton is a fun track to drive on but it’s also one where there is a lot of time to be gained or lost if you aren’t truly on the limit. It’s easy to settle into a groove that feels fast but sometimes isn’t, so staying focused during the races this weekend will be key.”

The reigning Formula Four US Champion will be on track testing on both Thursday and Friday before qualifying and three races commence around the Snetterton 300 circuit as he looks to chase the championship lead and pull away further from those behind.

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