30 March 2013

Race 1 Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish overcame severe cramp and a sleet shower to write his name in the Formula Ford history book this afternoon at Brands Hatch as the first race winner of the modern EcoBoost era. The 23-year-old from Leeds led home his American team-mate Camren Kaminsky for a thrilling JTR 1-2, and set fastest lap along the way to take a useful early lead in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Cammish made an inch-perfect getaway from pole position and led all the way to the chequered flag, pursued in the early stages by Jamun drivers Luke Williams and Scott Malvern. Kaminsky came back from a poor start to take up second three laps from the end, and he reduced Cammish’s victory margin to less than a second in the closing laps as the sleet started to dampen the track. Dan was delighted and relieved in equal measure on the top step of the Brands Hatch podium: “That was the weirdest race of my life - I had cramp all the way through, which has never happened to me before, and I was determined I was not going to lose a race through it. So I carried on, driving around Sebastian Vettel-style, nice and steady, chilling out and short-shifting, and I’m still pulling away from them! I wasn’t sure what to do. So I’m cruising around and then it starts to spit and I can see Camren coming up behind me. I thought: ‘Please don’t make this a race, Cam.’ Thankfully, he didn’t.” Phoenix-based Kaminsky salvaged his result from the ashes of a bad getaway from fourth on the grid: “I made a poor start,” he said, “so it was hard work to get back. The last couple of laps I made a few mistakes but was still closing in on Dan. Maybe if I’d had another two or three laps I could have had a chance but Dan is my team-mate and a hard man to beat.” George Blundell secured third place for the Enigma Motorsport team thanks to a brilliant drive. The Essex racer had no answer to Kaminsky’s pace but was able to snatch the final podium place from Williams’ grasp three laps from home, after several repulsed attempts. “I had had a few openings,” said George, “but Luke made it hard for me to get past. I knew I had to bide my time because I didn’t want any contact. I got the job done in the end.” Blundell made decisive move on Williams through Graham Hill Bend. There was a remarkable comeback drive from young Finn Lassi Halminen, who spun fourth place away at Clark Curve on lap three and had to battle back from 10th in his Falcon Motorsport Mygale. “If I hadn’t gone off I would have been on the podium,” said Lassi, “but I enjoyed my race, especially the last few corners when I overtook two cars one after another.” On his way back to fourth spot, Halminen demoted Williams, who was struggling with worn tyres, and his Jamun team-mate Nico Maranzana, to fifth and sixth respectively on the penultimate lap. Said Williams: “I started well and the car felt good but about half way through the tyres just went. We are massively down on straight line speed so I had to push really hard around the corners, which ruined the tyres meaning we were just a sitting duck.” Argentinian Maranzana was the leading Scholarship Cup contender and finished a second clear of guest driver Ben Anderson, the Autosport journalist. James Abbott gave the new Sinter chassis a successful debut finish in eighth, with Harrison Scott, Andrew Richardson and Neil Winn completing the finishing order. Said James Abbott: “The race went pretty well, I got a good start and was able to move through fairly swiftly from the line. The car was good on the first couple of laps and then the tyres just started to get a bit hotter. That’s the thing we’ve been struggling with on the new car. The rubber tends to want to fall off.” Harrison Scott said he had struggled a bit with racecraft. “We lacked a bit of rear grip so I couldn’t push as hard as I’d have liked at the beginning. We lost touch of the cars ahead of us which meant it was over really. The snow only really came in for the last two laps so I was just taking it easy, not pushing as hard. It’s all about experience really and hopefully I’ll be able to close up to the guys in front for the next race.” Richardson was delighted by his maiden single-seater outing: “It’s awesome. I was going quicker each time and just smiling all the time. We went quicker than we did in qualifying, which is odd, but just shows the pace that we have. It’s just time in the seat that we need.” Malvern was the only casualty of the race, the 2011 champion pulling out on the 15th lap with power delivery problems, having held third place up to that point. Scott will start alongside pole man Cammish once again tomorrow morning for the second of the weekend’s three Formula Ford races, which will be screened during ITV4’s live Brands Hatch coverage. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 1 (of 30) 30 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 16.540s / 92.93mph 2 Camren KAMINSKY / GBR JTR Mygale +0.861s 3 George BLUNDELL / GBR Enigma Mygale +11.316s 4 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +12.269s 5 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale +13.621s 6 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +14.349s etc Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Harrison Scott (GBR/Falcon Mygale). Fastest lap Cammish 45.722s / 95.10mph Est Rec

30 March 2013

Race 1 Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish overcame severe cramp and a sleet shower to write his name in the Formula Ford history book this afternoon at Brands Hatch as the first race winner of the modern EcoBoost era. The 23-year-old from Leeds led home his American team-mate Camren Kaminsky for a thrilling JTR 1-2, and set fastest lap along the way to take a useful early lead in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Cammish made an inch-perfect getaway from pole position and led all the way to the chequered flag, pursued in the early stages by Jamun drivers Luke Williams and Scott Malvern. Kaminsky came back from a poor start to take up second three laps from the end, and he reduced Cammish’s victory margin to less than a second in the closing laps as the sleet started to dampen the track. Dan was delighted and relieved in equal measure on the top step of the Brands Hatch podium: “That was the weirdest race of my life - I had cramp all the way through, which has never happened to me before, and I was determined I was not going to lose a race through it. So I carried on, driving around Sebastian Vettel-style, nice and steady, chilling out and short-shifting, and I’m still pulling away from them! I wasn’t sure what to do. So I’m cruising around and then it starts to spit and I can see Camren coming up behind me. I thought: ‘Please don’t make this a race, Cam.’ Thankfully, he didn’t.” Phoenix-based Kaminsky salvaged his result from the ashes of a bad getaway from fourth on the grid: “I made a poor start,” he said, “so it was hard work to get back. The last couple of laps I made a few mistakes but was still closing in on Dan. Maybe if I’d had another two or three laps I could have had a chance but Dan is my team-mate and a hard man to beat.” George Blundell secured third place for the Enigma Motorsport team thanks to a brilliant drive. The Essex racer had no answer to Kaminsky’s pace but was able to snatch the final podium place from Williams’ grasp three laps from home, after several repulsed attempts. “I had had a few openings,” said George, “but Luke made it hard for me to get past. I knew I had to bide my time because I didn’t want any contact. I got the job done in the end.” Blundell made decisive move on Williams through Graham Hill Bend. There was a remarkable comeback drive from young Finn Lassi Halminen, who spun fourth place away at Clark Curve on lap three and had to battle back from 10th in his Falcon Motorsport Mygale. “If I hadn’t gone off I would have been on the podium,” said Lassi, “but I enjoyed my race, especially the last few corners when I overtook two cars one after another.” On his way back to fourth spot, Halminen demoted Williams, who was struggling with worn tyres, and his Jamun team-mate Nico Maranzana, to fifth and sixth respectively on the penultimate lap. Said Williams: “I started well and the car felt good but about half way through the tyres just went. We are massively down on straight line speed so I had to push really hard around the corners, which ruined the tyres meaning we were just a sitting duck.” Argentinian Maranzana was the leading Scholarship Cup contender and finished a second clear of guest driver Ben Anderson, the Autosport journalist. James Abbott gave the new Sinter chassis a successful debut finish in eighth, with Harrison Scott, Andrew Richardson and Neil Winn completing the finishing order. Said James Abbott: “The race went pretty well, I got a good start and was able to move through fairly swiftly from the line. The car was good on the first couple of laps and then the tyres just started to get a bit hotter. That’s the thing we’ve been struggling with on the new car. The rubber tends to want to fall off.” Harrison Scott said he had struggled a bit with racecraft. “We lacked a bit of rear grip so I couldn’t push as hard as I’d have liked at the beginning. We lost touch of the cars ahead of us which meant it was over really. The snow only really came in for the last two laps so I was just taking it easy, not pushing as hard. It’s all about experience really and hopefully I’ll be able to close up to the guys in front for the next race.” Richardson was delighted by his maiden single-seater outing: “It’s awesome. I was going quicker each time and just smiling all the time. We went quicker than we did in qualifying, which is odd, but just shows the pace that we have. It’s just time in the seat that we need.” Malvern was the only casualty of the race, the 2011 champion pulling out on the 15th lap with power delivery problems, having held third place up to that point. Scott will start alongside pole man Cammish once again tomorrow morning for the second of the weekend’s three Formula Ford races, which will be screened during ITV4’s live Brands Hatch coverage. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 1 (of 30) 30 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 16.540s / 92.93mph 2 Camren KAMINSKY / GBR JTR Mygale +0.861s 3 George BLUNDELL / GBR Enigma Mygale +11.316s 4 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +12.269s 5 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale +13.621s 6 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +14.349s etc Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Harrison Scott (GBR/Falcon Mygale). Fastest lap Cammish 45.722s / 95.10mph Est Rec

25 March 2013

Falcon confirm three car team for Formula Ford

Falcon Motorsport will field a three-car squad in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. The Oxfordshire-based team confirmed today that 16-year-old Finn Lassi Halminen and multiple club Formula Ford champion Neil Winn, 20, will be joining Harrison Scott on the driving strength. Halminen raced for Falcon in the Intersteps series in 2012, finishing sixth overall and with several podium results. The former karter from Kangasala is a star in the making, says Falcon boss Nick Streatfield: “Lassi was very impressive last year - his pace was good although things didn’t go his way as they should have. He’s a typical Finn in terms of his style and he will adapt very quickly to Formula Ford. We are expecting good thing from him.” Streatfield has high hopes also of Yorkshireman Winn, who arrives in Formula Ford’s premier category with a string of successes behind him in club racing. Law student Neil was a class victor in his first season in the Formula Ford Northern Championship in 2011 and last year claimed several race victories on his way to the Class A Northern and Champion of Oulton FF1600 titles. He was also a Walter Hayes Trophy finalist. “We have heard a lot of good things about Neil,” said Streatfield, “and we are looking forward to working with him. Despite his relatively late start in racing, Neil has gone well and has some impressive results already.” Winn is excited for the coming season but realistic with regard to this chances early on: “The deal has come together very late and I’m really happy to be on board with Falcon Motorsport, who took delivery of my car just last week. We hope to be out at Oulton Park on Wednesday for a shakedown, but being realistic we are going into Brands Hatch on the back foot and will have to treat it as a test weekend. We’ll see what we can achieve there but I am not expecting to be fully competitive.” Falcon Motorsport was formed in 1985 to run Streatfield himself in British Formula Ford. The team ran three cars in the championship in 1992 and ’93 and subsequently went on to race in British F3, UK Formula Renault and Intersteps. With 17-year-old Harrison Scott at the wheel of a new Mygale chassis, the team has covered valuable testing miles in recent weeks. Both Halminen and Winn will be shaking down their cars at Oulton Park on Wednesday. All three of its drivers will face their first competitive test of the season this coming Friday at Brands Hatch, where there will be two official test sessions ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session and race one of the weekend. Two further races follow on Sunday.

22 March 2013

Formula Ford on track for a solid start

The fastest junior single-seater race series in the UK will burst into life on live TV next weekend (30/31 March) at Brands Hatch as Formula Ford begins a new and exciting era, nearly 46 years since the Kent circuit was inscribed in the history books as the birthplace of Formula Ford. Inspired partly by the success of Formula Ford 2000 in the 1980s, the technical revisions to the new Formula Ford engine and chassis incorporate feedback from drivers, teams and manufacturers. The 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost power unit has been tuned to develop in excess of 200PS and is mated to a Formula 3 specification six-speed sequential gearbox, with front and rear aerodynamic wings added to the chassis to provide young drivers with the most technically advanced junior single-seater racing car in the world, and an unrivalled learning experience. Not only that, but the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain is returning to Britain’s premier motorsport package to race alongside the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. The three-year deal sees Formula Ford EcoBoost 200 become the sole regular single-seater support championship for the BTCC, with three races at each of the 10 TOCA-organised events. The attractions of the new Formula Ford have drawn a quality entry and, with a week to go before the opening rounds, further drivers are waiting in the wings to join. Several well-known names are returning to Formula Ford for its rebirth, not least the 2011 champion, Barkingside-based Scott Malvern, who rejoins the Jamun Racing team for another crack at the title, as does 2012 race winner Luke Williams (Thirsk). Falcon Motorsport is an exciting new name on the entry list. Nick Streatfield’s squad last ran in Formula Ford in 1993 and subsequently went on to race in British F3, UK Formula Renault and Intersteps. Highly rated karting star Harrison Scott (Althorne) will race one of Falcon’s Mygales. Formula Ford club championship winner Neil Winn (North Ferriby) is among the latest to commit to the championship. The 20-year-old will announce his team and chassis plans in the coming days. “I’m passionate about this opportunity and, since testing the new Formula Ford in December, I am committed to having a good go at it this season,” he said. Neil was a class victor in his first season in the Formula Ford 1600 Northern Championship in 2011. Last year he claimed multiple outright race victories on the way to the Class A Northern and Champion of Oulton titles; he went on to claim a place in the final of the Walter Hayes Trophy.

5 February 2013

Harrison Scott signs for Falcon

The new Falcon Motorsport Formula Ford team is delighted to announce the signing of Harrison Scott as the first of its three drivers in this year’s British Formula Ford Championship. Harrison makes the step up from an impressive career in Karts to his first season in cars. Backing for his campaign comes from VCM Motorsport and will include a comprehensive pre season test schedule. “We tested Harrison early last year in Intersteps and the whole team was impressed with his positive attitude and raw pace. He listened carefully to what his engineer and driver coach had to say and applied it with speed and precision out on track. We are all now eager to get him out testing in preparation for the long season ahead.” (Nick Streatfield) “This is something I have worked hard for throughout my 6 years in karting. Racing a Formula Ford Eco Boost on the TOCA package is like a dream come true. I will be working so hard with Nick and all his staff at Falcon Motorsport to achieve some great results this year. None of this would be possible without the guidance and help from my management team and sponsors and I truly am grateful for their support.” (Harrison Scott)