Maiden F3 victory, pole and podiums as Das shines bright

Maiden F3 victory, pole and podiums as Das shines bright

Maiden F3 victory, pole and podiums as Das shines bright

Cameron Das has enjoyed an incredible weekend of racing action at Rockingham during the second round of the BRDC British Formula Three Championship. Das started the weekend off well with a strong day of testing on Friday and then stormed his way to pole position on Saturday morning. He then finished the day with a podium position before carving his way through the field during Sunday morning’s reverse grid race to claim his maiden victory in the series in dominating style. Das rounded off his weekend with a further podium position and fantastic points which see him close the gap to the championship leader.

It was clear once again as soon as the 17 year old American took to the track on Friday that he had another strong weekend well within his sights. Four solid 30 minute practice sessions set him up extremely well and ensured that he was ready to fight heading in to qualifying on Saturday morning.

Feeling at one with his Carlin Tatuus-Cosworth BRDC British Formula Three car, Das took to the track slightly later than some – waiting for his opportune moment he went out on his first set of tyres in order to get a representative lap time on the board. Upon coming in to the pit lane, Das made the call to only change two tyres, this in turn left him in a position where warming tyres wouldn’t take quite so long as those around him. As it was, he quickly moved up to the top of the timing screens and, as had been the case at Oulton Park, seemed completely untouchable in his position there. The end of the session was shortened somewhat following a red flag for an incident on track with his fast lap meaning he took his second pole position of the season.

As the only driver this season to top a qualifying session Das reflected, “In the first tyre run we didn’t get quite as many fast laps in as we wanted so we knew we had more in it for the rest of the session. We made the call to only go for two new tyres as they wouldn’t take quite so long to get up to temperature which was the right decision for us in the end as we were fast out there and took our second pole of the season.”

Off the line as the lights went out for the opening race of the weekend, Das had a small amount of wheel spin which meant he had team mate Enaam Ahmed hot on his heels as the grid streamed through the opening corners. Das and Ahmed went side by side but eventually it was Ahmed who took the lead of the race. Das followed the championship leader, keeping close behind him the whole way and pulling a gap to those behind, to come home and take a further podium and a great haul of points.

Having finished second in the opening race of the weekend, Das lined up in seventh for the reverse grid race. When the lights extinguished, Das was extremely quick off the line; carving his way through the field he avoided an incident just in front and was soon in contention for the lead of the race. Taking his chance at the Deene hairpin, Das forced the issue and brilliantly moved his way to the head of the field – taking the lead from Omar Ismail. From then, it was a commanding display of speed and talent as the young American pulled a gap and let nothing trouble him on his way to claiming a stylish maiden victory in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship.

Das said of victory in race two, “Off the line I had a good start and was able to get in to a good position going in to the hairpin. I knew that if something was going to happen, it was going to be there – so I made sure to keep clean and managed to avoid the incident that James [Pull] got caught up in ahead. Soon I was up to third having fought with Ben [Hingeley] and knew that I had the pace for more. Then I managed to go up the inside at the Deene hairpin, take the lead of the race from Omar [Ismail] and start to pull a nice gap to the field. I was also able to push to get a good lap to secure pole for the final race too.”

Starting from pole for the third and final race, Das held the advantage at the first corner however was squeezed at the hairpin as the cars ran three wide. This pushed him down to third, where he finished as the flag fell marking the end of an extremely successful weekend of racing. The fantastic finish ensured that he graced the podium in every race he took part in and also means that Das has successfully closed the gap to championship leader Ahmed as he chases hard in the Championship hunt.

Reviewing his weekend Das said, “In the last race I was happy to take third because it meant I was able to get more really good points and begin to chase Enaam [Ahmed] down in the championship hunt – which is our goal this season. Three podiums, lots of points and a win this weekend – we have to be happy with that.

“It feels really good to get my first win of the season – I knew that we had a strong car but I didn’t expect to get a win quite this soon in the season. I’ve managed to get in to the groove quickly and equally our preparation has been really good so I’m extremely pleased to be on the pace from the beginning of the year.

“I want to add a huge thanks to my engineer Paul, my mechanics on the car and the rest of the Carlin crew for giving me another rapid car this weekend. Also a big thanks to my sponsors Expedia, Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Red Lion Hotels for their continued support.”

Das now has a slight break in the Championship before the third round the season takes place at Snetterton at the end of the month.

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Das ready for round two at Rockingham Motor Speedway

Das ready for round two at Rockingham Motor Speedway

Das ready for round two at Rockingham Motor Speedway

American racer Cameron Das looks to build on his impressive performance in the opening races of BRDC British Formula Three Championship as the second round of the 2017 season takes place at Rockingham this weekend. Rookie Das secured a brilliant pole position, his first in the series, and drove to a superb podium finish; the strong haul of points gained as a result see him currently sitting third overall in the championship standings.

Reigning US Formula Four Champion Das made an impression the first time he hit the track last time out at Oulton Park. Strong and consistent pace in testing straight out of the blocks followed by a maiden pole position later led to him claiming his very first podium position in the championship – anticipated to be the first of many in the British series.

Rockingham, a track at which the young American has previously tested, sees him take to a circuit with multiple challenges lying in wait this weekend for the entire BRDC British Formula Three grid. The circuit, known for its distinct banking as the field head in to the first corner, features an anti-clockwise configuration which, as the only such circuit on the 2017 calendar, is a technically tricky prospect ahead.

However Das has been preparing well for the weekend and said of the circuit, “Rockingham is a tough track physically but I’ve made massive improvements in the gym specifically with this weekend in mind. The track has a wide range of corners that remind me of the “ROVALS” back in the States. The Carlin car is well suited for the range of corners at Rockingham, so it should be a successful weekend.”

Currently sitting in third position in the overall standings, 17 year old Das has already proven his raw speed in style over the course of the first of eight rounds. With three races nicely under his belt, and a fantastic haul of points, Das feels confident as he looks ahead to a day of testing on Friday before qualifying and three races on Saturday and Sunday.

Speaking of the upcoming weekend he added, “The complications that come with the first race weekend in a new car, championship and country are in the past, and I’m ready to put on a strong performance at Rockingham. The championship is really competitive which is exactly what I was looking for and I felt I was more competitive during the first weekend than I might have expected a few months ago. The Carlin crew have worked hard to bring me up to speed and it’s also good to have two strong team mates who make my job a little more difficult and push me harder; I think achieving the pole position at Oulton Park was proof of this. Overall I’m feeling very confident going into this weekend.”

Das will be back out in his Tatuus-Cosworth Carlin car on Friday from 9am as he looks to build on his impressive form from both pre-season testing and the first round at Oulton Park.

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Das impresses with fantastic British F3 podium finish

Das impresses with fantastic British F3 podium finish

Das impresses with fantastic British F3 podium finish

Cameron Das has once again shown speed and style following a brilliant weekend of action in the opening round of the BRDC British Formula Three Championship at Oulton Park – rounding off the weekend with a supremely driven podium position. Rookie racer Das, who started the weekend with an impressive maiden pole position, fought well throughout the three races on offer at the British circuit and finished in a strong second position in the final race of the weekend which sees him sit third overall in the Championship standings.

Following two days of productive testing prior to the race weekend rookie racer Das went in to Qualifying on Saturday morning looking quick ready to take the fight to the field; however he was somewhat delayed with a mechanical issue which left him in the pits slightly longer than his team mates. Das refused to let the pressure rattle him, and soon after taking to the track began to put in fast sectors and catch the attention of those watching. In no time at all, he had moved his Carlin Tatuus-Cosworth car right up to the very top. Das was unable to be challenged at the front with his efforts setting the grid for the opening race of the weekend – taking the first pole position of the 2017 BRDC British F3 season.

However delays throughout the day meant the race was called off on Saturday and rescheduled for Monday morning when Das could finally line up at the front row of the grid and lead the field away. Das said of his pole position, “I didn’t expect to be on pole during the opening race weekend of the season but I think it goes to show how valuable preparation can be for the Championship. During practice we had all the sectors, we just needed to put them together and I was able to do so when it counted.”

With no racing set to take place on Sunday, Das had three races in short succession to compete in over the course of an action-packed Monday. Lining up on pole position for the opening race, the 17 year old American had a wet track to contend with as the lights went out. With slightly less experience in the tricky conditions than those around him, Das dropped somewhat down the order however fought extremely well in the challenging wet weather to secure fifth position – and a great haul of points in the championship fight.

Race two, a reverse grid, also took place in difficult conditions which saw numerous drivers, who started on slick tyres in the damp conditions, find themselves with issues before the race and in the opening laps – sadly Das was one of the affected and he was forced to pit with front wing damage. However once again Das took this development, and a subsequent red flag /restart period, in his stride and recovered incredibly well take further points for sixth position – having raced hard from 13th.

The third and final race of the season saw Das start from second on the grid; his second front row start of the weekend. Das pulled away perfectly and followed Carlin team mate Enaam Ahmed in to the first corner. The rookie racer, taking part in his first race weekend in the full BRDC British F3 Championship, pushed incredibly hard for the lead of the race and was able to keep Ahmed honest at the front. Despite closing the gap and getting right behind his teammate Das was unable to fully challenge for the lead of the race in this instance however took the flag with a stunning second position and more fantastic points in his championship assault.

Das said of the racing action, “Race one was only my second ever wet race, and my first wet standing start, so I didn’t really know what expect grip wise off the line. I still ended up P5 which gave us solid points in the end though. In the reverse grid race, I had a bit of an incident before the start, and I had to start 13th in the drying conditions but I was able to move up to sixth in under four laps and earn some more valuable points.

“In the final race, I started second alongside Enaam [Ahmed] and I seemed to have better pace then him for the first half of the race. I came within half a second but I made a small mistake and lost the momentum I had. All in all, it was a solid weekend that puts us close to the top in the standings. It was nice to give the team a well-deserved 1-2-3 in race three too.”

Following the three races this weekend Das has made sure that he is in a strong championship position, sitting third overall in the standings after round one.

The second round of the season will take place at the end of the month at Rockingham which will consist of three further races around the Northamptonshire circuit.

Cameron Das on form for British F3 season opener

Cameron Das on form for British F3 season opener

Reigning Formula Four US Champion Cameron Das looks ahead this weekend to his next challenge on the horizon as the opening round of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship beckons at Oulton Park, UK. Das, whose impressive run in the 2016 US F4 Championship saw him dominate the latter part of the season, already has experience in the British Formula Three car following a strong debut with Carlin in the Autumn Trophy last year. In preparation for the upcoming season Das has been hard at work with the British team in a series of pre-season tests alongside simulator work.

17 year old Das has enjoyed a strong career to date with 2016 seeing him take on the challenges of three different series. Participating in the inaugural US Formula Four Championship Das proved his talent in impeccable style securing a stunning nine wins – eight of which came in succession as he blitzed the field in the second half of the season. The young American made sure to gain a raft of experience under his belt and took part in the USF2000 Championship, part of the highly regarded Mazda Road to Indy development programme, before finishing off his season in the BRDC Autumn Trophy across the pond.

Das now looks ahead to his first full season racing in Europe in a Championship known for producing exciting race weekends and encouraging strong talent. The Championship, which starts this weekend at Oulton Park, will see Das take part in a total of eight rounds; each consisting of three races, at highly respected circuits including the home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone, and the iconic Spa-Francorchamps.

For the championship assault and opening round of the season this weekend Das has been pushing hard in both in pre-season testing as well as working hard with his engineer in simulator sessions. He said of his preparation for the season, “Pre-season testing has been so valuable to me. Being a foreigner to the Tatuus-Cosworth and the European circuits meant that I was at a disadvantage prior to testing but I really believe this pre-season period has allowed me to close the gap significantly. The three of us in the Carlin team [Enaam Ahmed and James Pull] have been extremely close through testing and we each have a unique driving skill that helps us all find more time in ourselves.

“I have approached this season like no other before. I’ve trained the hardest I’ve ever done physically, mentally and on the simulator too. I’ve made sure to place myself in the best position to start the season strongly.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming weekend which will also consist of two invaluable test days prior to the weekend followed by a fast-paced qualifying session and three no-doubt exciting races the American racer added, “Oulton Park is simply a fantastic track. I love tracks with elevation and there is no shortage of it there. It was a bit daunting when I first went there, but when you settle into the groove and build confidence, it has a flow like very few other tracks I’ve been to.

“I play to win. I approach every weekend as such, but I’m not unrealistic either. I do however believe that we have the pace to be consistently at the pointy end of the field at Oulton.”

Live timing will be available throughout the weekend: http://www.tsl-timing.com/event/171518

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American Cameron Das Graduates Into BRDC British F3

American Cameron Das Graduates Into BRDC British F3

American F4 champion Cameron Das has announced his plans to contest the BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club) British F3 Championship with front-runners Carlin. Das has an impressive track record in single-seaters, having taken the American F4 crown last year with a number of victories on route to the title. Having already competed in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy at the end of 2016, Das has experienced the close and competitive nature of the series, in addition to gaining familiarity with his Carlin team. This partnership will be crucial in Cameron excelling in his first car racing season away from America, where he will be targeting race victories.

After experiences in karting and single-seaters, Cameron’s breakthrough year came in 2016 when he took the American F4 title, driving for JDX Racing. Das experienced a consistent start to the year, then dominated the latter half of the season, winning eight consecutive races on his way to the championship. In addition to his American F4 exploits, Cameron also took part in the US F2000 National Championship, collecting three top-10 finishes including a best result of eighth coming at Toronto. Competing in several national championships will give Das the perfect preparation for moving up to the more powerful BRDC British F3 machinery for the upcoming season.

The BRDC British F3 Championship was formed in its current state at the beginning of last season, and has proved to be a huge success with drivers from over 10 countries joining the grid in either the main series, or Autumn Trophy. The series features weekends with up to three races, including a reverse grid event in which the top eight positions are reversed. Top teams from across Europe have joined the series including Carlin, Fortec Motorsport and reigning drivers champions Double R Racing. Visiting some of the most historic circuits in the UK, in addition to compete on the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit, the BRDC British F3 Championship provides the perfect stepping stone for any driver looking to move into GP3, and possibly Indy Lights.

Cameron got his first taste of BRDC British F3 machinery at the end of 2016 by competing in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton. With four races taking place over a weekend, Das teamed up with Carlin to take part in the event, aiming to gain experience of the car and British circuits. Cameron took part in a series of test sessions leading up to the weekend and showed good speed in qualifying by setting the seventh fastest time, less than four tenths of a second away from pole. Das completed the opening two races without incident, collecting a pair of top-10 finishes whilst gaining valuable experience. Only one race was possible the following day, however Das drove superbly to finish in fifth, showing great potential which will hopefully serve him well as he embarks on a full campaign in the series for 2017.

Cameron will be a driver to watch throughout the 2017 season as he’ll look to build upon his success in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy. Consistency will be paramount to his development due to the fact that most meetings will comprise of three races, which will provide lots of opportunities to improve throughout the weekend. Most notably, a reverse grid race will take place where a portion of the positions will be reversed, allowing a greater chance for overtaking in what is sure to be an extremely competitive grid of young drivers. Das will believe he can challenge high up the field from the opening meeting, slowly contesting for victories and possibly the championship as the season progresses. The talented American’s move into the BRDC British F3 Championship appears a wise one, which could significantly aid his development as a single-seater driver.

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Crowned First F4 U.S. Season Champion

Crowned First F4 U.S. Season Champion

Das Dominates Season Finale, Crowned First F4 U.S. Season Champion

Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, won his eighth consecutive Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda race on Sunday, capping off a dominating season to become the first F4 U.S. National Champion.

Das, who won nine of 15 F4 U.S. races this season, swept all three races over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway and earned a $25,000 grand prize for leading the season-long points list.

“It feels surreal to be a champion” said Das, who drives for JDX Racing. “I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida, finished second in the season-long points list, while Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, earned third place to round out the podium.

Das, who has dominated the second half of the inaugural F4 U.S. Championship season, was unbeatable Saturday and Sunday with three wins, three pole starts and four fast lap times.

While Das finished the season strong, it didn’t come without contention from his fellow F4 U.S. drivers.

Das, who started on the pole, would make a minor mistake going into a turn which slowed him down just enough for Czaczyk, Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, and Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires to pass. Robinson and Czaczyk battled for first and would change positions multiple times during the first quarter of the race. The fight between the pair allowed Das to gain ground.

On Lap 3 exiting Turn 2, Czaczyk, in Position 1, took the race line too wide, putting two wheels of his black No. 47 Global Racing Group LAC car in the grass. The error would result in an exciting three-wide run for first in Turn 3 with Robinson on the inside, Czaczyk on the outside and Das between the two. Robinson moved into the lead but not for long.

As Das set his sights on Robinson, the pair raced down the front stretch and Das locked in on the draft set by Robinson. Advancing to Turn 1, Das made his move to sling-shot his ZeroChroma car to the outside of Robinson. Das succeeded with the pass for first and would not concede the position for the remainder of the race. Das finished the final round of the season more than eight seconds ahead of the pack.

Leguizamon would overtake Robinson to cross the finish line second for his highest finish of the season, while Robinson finished a nose ahead of Czaczyk for third.

“It was an amazing race,” said Leguizamon, who drives for Miller Vinatieri Motorsports. “I have to thank my team owner Jack Miller for trusting me behind the wheel. He promised me at least a third-place finish today, and here we are in second. This was a great way to finish the season.”

In the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning, Das gained the lead quickly and would not be challenged by the other drivers for the remainder of the session.

Robinson and Czaczyk exchanged position several times before Czaczyk pulled away for second place. Leguizamon would challenge Robinson for the remainder of the season until the two crossed the finish line for a photo finish. Leguizamon beat Robinson by less than three hundredthsof a second, which would end Robinson’s chase for championship podium placement.

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Das Dominates Road Atlanta

Das Dominates Road Atlanta

Wins All Three Races

Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, was unbeatable during the penultimate race weekend of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda, sweeping victories in all three races held at Road Atlanta Saturday and Sunday.

Das, who joined Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida, as the second F4 U.S. driver to win three races in one weekend, seized fast-lap times in both practices, qualifying and all three races and claimed pole position for each of the rounds.

Sunday’s victory marked the fifth consecutive race Das has found the top of the podium and gave him his sixth victory of the season in just 12 races.

“Overall we were at the top of our game. We didn’t let anything slip by and gave it 100 percent,” said Das. “I will spend a lot of time on the simulator preparing for our next event in Homestead to try to continue our winning streak.”

Das, driving the No. 28 blue and white JDX Racing F4 U.S. car, got the jump on the start on front-row contender Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, during the final race of the weekend Sunday.

A full course yellow was called on Lap 4, causing the safety car to emerge onto the track to pace the F4 U.S. cars. Going into Turn 10, Darren Keane of Baca Raton, Florida, used the draft from sixth-place competitor Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aries to gain momentum to make a positional move.

Under braking, Keane misjudged the turn, locked his wheels and couldn’t complete the pass which caused incidental contact with Leguizamon. Keane continued to the apex, but met in the middle of the corner with JDX Racing teammate Blake Mount of Littleton, Colorado. All three cars went off course and debris filled the path. The yellow would fly most of session and the competitors would go green with just nine minutes remaining in the race.

Das was quick out of the rolling start and created a gap between himself and Robinson.

Robinson, filling-in for GMV Motorsports’ pilot Michael Goodyear of Carmel, Indiana, was in close contention challenging Das, but an error out of the yellow from Robinson caused him to spin in Turn 3 allowed for Das to pull away and sent Robinson to 12th.

Robinson would finish the race sixth.

Czaczyk would rally late in the race but could not close in on the current points leader. Das never conceded his first-place position throughout the race.

“It was a really good race,” Das said. “Skylar had a some really great pace at the beginning of the race. Then the yellow came out. When I saw Skylar’s mistake in Turn 3 in my mirrors, I had a little sigh of relief. I knew Konrad would be right on me though. I had to work as hard as I could because he definitely brought the pace at the end of the race.”

Czaczyk finished the weekend with two second-place finishes and a third-place podium finish. Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, also had a solid weekend finishing third in Races 2 and 3 and second in Race 1.

The F4 U.S. Championship will meet for the inaugural finale at Miami-Homestead in Homestead, Florida, Oct. 7-9.

Fans can view full weekend race results and event photos on F4USChampionship.com.

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Cameron Das Takes Back-To-Back F4 U.S. Victories in New Jersey

Cameron Das Takes Back-To-Back F4 U.S. Victories in New Jersey

Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, stole the show claiming a pair of victories in Races 2 and 3 as the Formula 4 United States Championship mid-season event came to a close at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday.

“It feels amazing to come in so quick and do well through the entire weekend,” Das said. “It shows that the hard work in the beginning really pays off in the end.”

Das, piloting the metallic blue and white Zero Chroma JDX Racing F4 U.S. car, was unstoppable the entire weekend setting fast lap time in practice, qualifying and starting pole all three races. Das blasted from the Formula 1 style standing start in both races, gaining a substantial lead on his competitors.

Das would only be passed once during both 30-minute race sessions by Moises de la Vara of Guadalajara, Mexico. Das quickly regained the lead from de la Vara after one turn.

Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida, who swept the inaugural weekend of F4 U.S. events in July before a pair of 10th-place finishes earlier this month, found himself back on the podium, finishing second in the weekend finale events.

“I tried chasing down Cameron toward the end of the race,” Czaczyk said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to catch him today. He was just a little too fast this weekend.”

Series newcomer Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, crossed the finish line back-to-back times in third position. Robinson’s battle for third during Race 3 was alleviated once the safety car was called to the track for a single-file restart after a full track double yellow. Robinson was able to jump the start, find his racing line and pull away from the back of the pack.

Double yellows were thrown halfway through the final event of the day after Darren Keane of Boca Raton, Florida, took a wild ride off of Turn 1. After crossing the start finish line during lap seven, first-time F4 U.S. Championship event entrant Quinlan Lall of Ringwood, New Jersey, tried to make a run on Keane late in the front straight to overtake fourth-place position. The two competitors connected tires midway through the turn and Keane’s car went off-track, rolling two times through the air. Keane emerged from the car unhurt but was unable to return to the race. Lall’s No. 3 car skidded into the dirt off-track but continued the race.

“I radioed to everyone that I was just fine after sitting there with my eyes closed for a minute,” Keane said. “I want to thank Crawford Composites, Honda, SCCA Pro Racing and the FIA for making such a safe car. I walked away without a scratch on me and I can’t wait to get back in the car to make a podium run at Road Atlanta.”

F4 U.S. Championship points leader Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, had a rough second day of racing. Kirkwood started fourth on the grid during Race 2, but after braking issues lost momentum throughout the race and finished in 11th place. During Race 3, Kirkwood’s brake problems were resolved. Starting in 14th position, Kirkwood made his way through the pack, chipping away at his competition. Kirkwood made his way to fourth, challenging Robinson for podium position. Kirkwood’s charge ended after incidental contact around a turn caused a flat rear tire. He retired to the pits for a quick change and continued the race.

The F4 U.S competitors return to action for their fourth event of the season Sept. 17-18 at Road Atlanta in Atlanta.

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Exciting On-Track Action Ends an Eventful Weekend at Mid-Ohio

Exciting On-Track Action Ends an Eventful Weekend at Mid-Ohio

The final race of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course may have ended in yellow, but the excitement during the weekend finale left spectators on their feet.

Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, shot out of the standing start from his pole position, gaining a substantial lead over his competitors. Das, driving the metallic blue and white JDX Racing Zero Chroma F4 U.S. car, went the entire race uncontested and capitalized on his first-place position.

“It feels great to see victory circle,” Das said. “All the hard work we put in this weekend really paid off. We worked on the car a lot and saw big improvements. I just needed to stay consistent, put good laps in and stay on track. We were extremely happy with the end results.”

While Das set the pace for Race 3, it was the field behind him that caused exhilarating spectating. With seven minutes left in the 30-minute round, Raphael Forcier of Montreal and Austin Kaszuba of Burleson, Texas, went into turn one battling for position. Kaszuba, who was on the outside of Forcier, cut in closer to defend his line, leaving a gap of space for Benjamin Pedersen to make a high-risk, high-reward move that if done successfully, would catapult him four positions forward.

“I was a couple positions behind Austin and Raphael,” Pederson said. “I saw the two of them battling and took that advantage to get a good run out of turn one.”

In a thrilling display of open-wheel racing, three F4 U.S. drivers went three wide in the Keyhole with Forcier on the inside of the turn, Pedersen on the outside and Kaszuba in the middle. As the competitors tried to straighten out of the turn, there was only room for one competitor and no one in the group would cease their track position. Forcier made incidental contact with Kaszuba, causing a ping-pong ball effect into Pedersen. Pedersen went up onto two wheels into the wall before it tilted back over right-side-up. The incident would cause a full course yellow and Forcier and Pedersen would not return to the race.

All competitors involved in the incident were not injured and the race concluded in yellow.

Friday podium finishers Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, and Jackie Ding of Shenzen, China, struggled in Race 3. Robinson started seventh on the grid and finished the race 12th after experiencing difficulties late in the race. Ding stalled on the start, leaving him in last place. Ding tried to play catch-up the entire race, but his Race 3 top-10 hopes ended after spinning into the gravel. Ding was extracted with front end damage and did not return the race. He finished 15th.

Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aries, Argentina, withdrew from the race before false grid line-up.

The F4 U.S. competitors meet again in just 13 days at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, from August 26-28 for the third race event of the season.

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