29 September 2013

Harrison takes first outright win and Scholarship title

29 September, 2013 - Three races, three different winners. The Formula Ford thrills continued at Silverstone today with Jayde Kruger and Harrison Scott joining Saturday victor Camren Kaminsky in the winner’s circle. Both of today’s races were thrillers decided only in the closing laps, and both had the sizeable Silverstone crown on the edge of their grandstand seats. There was a double celebration for rookie racer Scott, 17, who in addition to his maiden car-racing win also secured the Scholarship Cup championship title with four races in hand. The Althorne, Essex-based secured the title this morning at Silverstone after a strong run to second in class in the 26th round. Harrison, who came to the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain as an experienced karter but a near total car-racing rookie, has enjoyed a stellar season in the Falcon Motorsport Mygale. He first climbed the stop step of the Scholarship podium at Donington Park in only his fourth race, and has gone on to claim the honours a total of 10 times so far. The VCM Motorsport-backed racer wins a free championship registration for Formula Ford 2014 and free race entries for the coming season. Reflecting on his class championship victory, Harrison said: “Coming into this championship as a rookie I really didn’t know what to expect, nor how good I would be. Some people have gone from karting to single-seaters and found that they haven’t adapted well. I’m happy with how it has gone for me, but I didn’t think the learning curve would be as steep as it has been. The transition from karts, where I learned the basics of racecraft, has been huge. And I still have a lot more to learn. “Understanding how it all works and how to improve my driving has been key, along with gaining confidence, so if the rear of the car steps out I know I can catch it, and knowing how much speed to carry into a corner. There have been ups and downs: I think my most satisfying races were at Snetterton, where I was on the overall podium in each race and won the Scholarship class in all three, and my most frustrating experience was getting a drive-through penalty at Croft while I was leading Dan Cammish after starting from my first pole. But it’s all part of the learning curve.” Beyond planning for further class and overall success in the final Formula Ford rounds at Brands Hatch, Harrison’s future racing plans are undecided. “It’s all up in the air at the moment,” he said, “and of course all budget-dependant. We will all sit down after the season and decide what’s best. Of course, winning the Scholarship and the free entries for next season is going to be a consideration.” Round 27 race report Scott rounded off his Silverstone weekend in the best possible way by claiming his and the Falcon Motorsport team’s maiden outright race victory. He took over in front of the third and final Silverstone race six laps from the chequered flag. Once again Brabham was the bridesmaid, the JTR driver doing everything correctly at the start to overhaul his team-mate and pole position man Marshall and lead through Copse corner. Brabham quickly built a useful lead over Marshall before Max headed for the pits with a repeat of his earlier turbo pipe problems. Brabham’s other JTR team-mate, Kaminsky, then took over in second, the American under major pressure from Scott. They ran side by side for half a lap, with Kaminsky resolutely defending his position until he ran wide at Copse at the start of the sixth lap. Jamun twins Kruger and Rosso followed Scott through to demote Kaminsky to fifth. Once through to second place, Scott needed to make up a 2.5s deficit over Brabham. It took Harrison five laps to narrow the gap to less than a second and a further five laps to get close enough to the JTR man’s gearbox to mount a challenge. This he launched down Brabham’s inside into Brooklands on lap 17; Sam defended brilliantly but Harrison was able to make the move stick through Luffield and Woodcote corners to move ahead. Scott crossed the line 1.5s clear of Brabham. “I’m over the moon - my first win,” said Harrison. “I’m really, really happy - I wanted this badly. Sam got a gap at the start but I kept on picking away at it. I found the handling of my car a lot better this time, and that allowed me to push and to close down that gap.”

28 September 2013

Andy Chang takes Scholarship victory for Falcon

28 September, 2013 - With three different leaders and action throughout the field, the first Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship race of the post-Dan Cammish era was a thriller from start to finish, with new champion Cammish’s team-mate Camren Kaminsky fighting through the drama to win and maintain the JTR team’s unbeaten record. Kaminsky led the final four laps of the race, the Arizonan battling past the Jamun Racing Mygale of Juan Rosso and pulling clear to win. “It’s a great reward after a year of hard experiences,” said Camren. “This season has taught me a lot and it’s all been worth it all now that I’m on the top step of the podium. It’s a great feeling.” It was another JTR man, Sam Brabham, who led the way initially, the 19-year-old getting away cleanly from the front row as championship newcomer Max Marshall - who has taken over in the cockpit of Cammish’s JTR Mygale now that Dan has secured the crown - bogged down. Brabham led the way for 13 laps from Jamun men Rosso and Jayde Kruger, with Falcon Motorsport’s Harrison Scott tucked in tight behind for fourth. Sam built his lead to 1.1s after seven laps but thereafter saw his advantage whittled away. “My start was really good,” said Brabham, “and I managed to get up there and away. But then I was struggling with the rear brake bias, moved it forwards, and then just made a little mistake and they were right on me again.” The decisive moment of the race came at Copse corner at the start of the 14th lap, when Rosso and Brabham touched as they disputed the lead. “Juan was right behind me,” said Sam, “and I moved across and then felt a huge hit from behind me and got sent around.” Rosso, who emerged from the contact in the lead, was unsure where the blame lay: “It was a bit of a surprise, and a shame. I don’t really know whose fault it was,” said the Argentinian. The incident was being scrutinised post-race by championship officials. Kruger was delayed by the incident and Scott forced to spin in avoidance, all of which served to assist Kaminsky, who had been running sixth, to move up to second, right on Rosso’s tail. Said Camren: “All I saw was cars flying around and running wide and I was able just to go through the middle. Then I caught Juan, was able to pass him around the outside of Woodcote and managed to pull away. It was mega.” Kaminsky moved in front on lap 18 and within two laps had built his lead over Rosso to 1.1s, stroking it out to 1.8s by the fall of the chequered flag. Kruger was third, another second behind and with Marshall right on his tail after Max recovered from his poor getaway from the pole. Sixteen-year-old Macanese racer Andy Chang put in another impressive showing, this time emerging fifth overall and the leading Scholarship class finisher after the dramas which befell Brabham and Scott; “My first win in a car, very good, very happy,” said Chang. Sam recovered to finish sixth, ahead of James Abbott’s Radical Mygale and Scott, who was pleased just to finish unscathed after his spin and to score vital points which edge him closer yet to the Scholarship class title. Luke Reade (Falcon) got the better of a tussle with Connor Mills (Meridian) to secure ninth, with Andy Richardson pulling into the pits and retirement after 13 laps.

15 September 2013

Falcon drivers star as Cammish seals title

15 September, 2013 - Dan Cammish is the 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Champion of Great Britain. The Leeds driver today extended his unbroken run of race victories to a remarkable 24 with a brace of pole-to-chequered flag victories at Rockingham. He is the second successive champion for the JTR team, and achieved his title win at the squad’s home circuit. Cammish’s 23rd victory was as impressive as his Saturday win at Rockingham and all that have gone before, not least because it was achieved on a treacherously slippy track after a light pre-race shower. Though the conditions caught out Cammish’s sole remaining title rival, Harrison Scott, who spun off, there were no errors from Dan, who crossed the line 3.7s clear of second-placed Jayde Kruger. “What a way to do it,” he said. “It was really tough, incredibly slippy and there’s not a lot of room for error. Some of the corners here are as scary as anything in the rain. Harrison got caught out and I knew that I had to be very careful to keep it on the track.” Who do you think will win races in the coming Formula Ford meetings? I expect Harrison Scott to win some races: he has the right pedigree and has been schooled right, coming up through karting, and he’s getting there. He’ll be really strong. And I am really happy with my team-mates at JTR. Sam Brabham does a great job considering he doesn’t drive the car much - he’s a rookie out of karting but he’s done well, and that takes some doing. The same goes for Camren Kaminsky: he is quick but inexperienced, and needs more time at it.

11 September 2013

• Luke Reade swaps karts for single-seaters to make his Formula Ford debut with Falcon

The Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain is to gain another competitor for the balance of the season in the shape of experienced karter Luke Reade. The Kent 19-year-old will make his championship debut this weekend at Rockingham in a Falcon Motorsport-prepared Mygale alongside series frontrunner Harrison Scott and Falcon’s other new signing, Macau racer Andy Chang. Luke, son of motorsport memorabilia retailer Alex Reade, first drove for Falcon when he won a test with a team after starring in last year’s Henry Surtees All Star Challenge kart event at Buckmore Park. “That’s how we got to know Nick Streatfield and Falcon, and I was offered a drive for the full season but couldn’t quite get the budget together,” said Luke. “Then this chance came up to do the last three meetings, and we snatched it up. It’s very early to talk about next season but this will be a good taster for us and if it all goes well we can look at full season in 2014.” Reade, from Keston, near Bromley, is a CGI artist with a London studio; he enjoys the backing of environmental research company Cracking Energy Machines and Alex Reade Motorsport. Luke has been karting since 2009; his first and only car race was in May this year when he drove a historic Formula Ford.

2 September 2013

Andy Chang Joins Falcon for Rockingham and Silverstone

ANDY CHANG JOINS FALCON AT ROCKINGHAM Sixteen-year-old Chang Wing Chung, from Macao, will campaign a Falcon Motorsport-run Mygale after a series of successful tests with the Faringdon-based team. Chang Wing Chung - known in karting circles as Andy Chang - will be making his car-racing debut at mid-September’s Rockingham event and plans also to contest the Silverstone rounds at the end of the month. He comes with an impressive karting pedigree, having been a junior China National Champion in 2007 and a frontrunner in the Asia Pacific KF3 Championship in 2010 and Asian Open 125 series the following season. He currently contests the European and World Championships in KF1 and KF2 with the Tony Kart team. Andy’s racing mentor, Formula 3 teams boss Peter Briggs, says the Macanese racer has shown promise in testing: “On his first go in a Formula Ford he was getting close to the times being set by Harrison Scott; he’s had very little experience so far and we have some further tests planned ahead of Rockingham, so I think he will be OK. He will be doing Rockingham and Silverstone but can’t race at Brands Hatch in October, sadly, as he has a clashing commitment with his kart team.” Chang will use the Formula Ford outings as preparation for his debut later this season in the Formula Masters China Series; he plans to race single-seaters in Britain or Europe in 2014 and his management team are weighing his options.