23 June 2013

Another second for Harrison as cruel luck hits Lassi again

Dan Cammish finished his home-race weekend in the way that he started it, claiming another commanding victory at Croft in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. It was his 15th win on the trot and, with the series now at the half-way stage, the JTR Mygale driver goes into the extended summer break with a 150-point lead over his closest rival, the equivalent of five race victories. Starting from his 14th pole position of the season (he missed out on pole honours for the first Croft race on Saturday), Cammish made a perfect getaway to lead Jamun’s Nico Maranzana by two seconds by the end of the opening lap. Nico gifted second to Falcon Motorsport’s Harrison Scott with an error at the chicane on lap two, and Dan extended his lead to 3.3s. But by mid-distance Scott was starting to make inroads into the leader’s advantage. “Half-way through I saw that the gap was closing,” said Harrison, “and the team was giving me signals to keep pushing, but I think by then I had used the best of my tyres in trying to catch him.” Scott was 6.7s behind at the line for his fourth second-place finish, and fifth Scholarship class victory, of the season. “It’s a good result and it shows that we have the potential to catch Dan. Hopefully I can now go away and take a bit of a break and then get some testing in to make sure I come back sharp.” Said Cammish of his record-extending 15th consecutive win: “I got a really good start but then I think Harrison was pegging me for a while. I’ve struggled all weekend to get the final sector of the lap right, and the final corner in particular: I just don’t like it. He seemed always to catch me on that bit but then I had the legs on him around the rest of the lap.” He added that he had plenty with which to occupy himself in the summer pause: “I have all sorts in the pipeline. I’ll be keeping myself fit, keeping motivated and will come back strong after the break.” Maranzana beat off a challenge from his Jamun team-mate Sam MacLeod to retain third and collect his third podium finish of the Croft weekend – a great way for the Argentinian to celebrate his 18th birthday. “It was a good gift for me on my birthday weekend – now I go back to Argentina to celebrate with my family,” said Nico. Poor Lassi Halminen looked set for a strong fourth after taking advantage of an error from Sam MacLeod at the hairpin on lap six, but the Finn’s gear lever stripped a thread five laps later and he had to retire. Guest driver MacLeod was returned to fourth, ahead of Juan Rosso’s sister Jamun Mygale. Jayde Kruger made great progress from the back of the grid to battle up to sixth, with Andy Richardson seventh after his family team rebuilt his car overnight following his second-race startline incident. Wei Fung Thong collected eighth for Falcon Motorsport, ahead of JTR men Camren Kaminsky and Sam Brabham. All three JTR cars were carrying a tribute to Allan Simonsen, the former Danish Formula Ford Champion, who was killed at Le Mans yesterday. Radical Mygale driver James Abbott completed the top 10. Rob Shield was the other retirement, the SWB Sinter guest driver exiting the race on the opening lap after a slide into the barriers at the Complex. The teams and drivers now have six weeks to regroup before the championship returns to action at Snetterton at the beginning of August. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 15 (of 30) 23 June 2013, Croft 15 laps / 31.87 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR (Leeds) JTR Mygale 20m 28.586s / 93.40mph 2 Harrison SCOTT / GBR (Althorne) Falcon Mygale +6.766s 3 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +10.878s 4 Sam MACLEOD / GBR (Hertford) Jamun Mygale +11.987s 5 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun Mygale +15.789s 6 Jayde KRUGER / RSA Jamun Mygale +17.227s 7 Andy RICHARDSON / GBR (Grantham) Richardson Mygale +19.096s etc Scholarship class 1 Scott; 2 Maranzana; 3 Richardson Fastest lap Cammish 1m 20.948s / 94.50mph

22 June 2013

Harrison snatches pole at Croft

•Harrison Scott pips championship leader Dan Cammish to the pole for Round 13 •Eight-hundredths of a second is all that separates qualifying top two 22 June, 2013 – Harrison Scott upset Dan Cammish’s hitherto perfect score sheet this morning at Croft, beating the championship leader to pole position for this afternoon’s 13th round of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain by a narrow margin. It’s the first time this season that JTR Mygale driver Cammish has been denied pole position. Seventeen-year-old Scott’s best lap was 0.08s faster than Cammish could achieve, and the Falcon Motorsport Mygale driver was delighted: “My pole lap was something special… I don’t know how I pulled it out, really. I was a second quicker than I went in testing yesterday. My other laps were quite quick also.”

22 June 2013

Fourth for Lassi after Harrison serves another drive through

Dan Cammish claimed his 13th consecutive victory in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship, equalling the modern-era record set by Scott Malvern two seasons ago, with another dominant display at Croft this afternoon. But luck played a hand in proceedings as there were startline dramas for pole-sitter Harrison Scott and an untypical error from JTR Mygale driver Cammish on lap two from which he was fortunate to escape unscathed. Scott’s problems began even before the lights: he struggled to get first gear at the start of the green flag lap and got away dead last. Rules stipulate that in such a situation drivers are not permitted to overtake to regain their starting position; Harrison did just that and was duly penalised with a drive-through penalty. Cammish made an excellent start from P2 to beat Scott to the first corner, Clervaux, but then threw away his advantage at the Complex when he mistimed his gearchange and slid wide across the grass. Scott pounced to lead for a lap before serving his penalty. As Harrison headed for a slow drive down pit lane, rejoining last, Cammish swept back into the lead and, as his rivals behind squabbled over second position, Dan was able quickly to build a commanding lead. His victory advantage was 7.2s at the line. Cammish’s getaway was aided by new second-place man Andy Richardson, who went ahead of Jamun’s Nico Maranzana on the opening lap. Maranzana took four laps to find a way past the Richardson Racing Mygale driver, staging a brilliant manoeuvre down Andy’s inside into Tower Bend. But with Cammish by now seven seconds in the clear, second was now the best that Maranzana could achieve. Maranzana, who in addition to claiming his best-yet finish also claimed the Scholarship class honours, said: “I really thank Jamun Racing because they have worked hard and my car now is a winning car…” Juan Rosso followed his countryman and team-mate past Richardson on lap nine at the hairpin to slot into third. Richardson tried to regain the position at the same corner on the final lap but instead lost three places as he was forced wide and on to the grass. Falcon Motorsport’s Lassi Halminen and JTR men Camren Kaminsky and Sam Brabham all profited from Richardson’s error to move into fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. For Halminen it was a strong comeback from a bout of ’flu which sidelined him from the Oulton Park races, and for Kaminsky it was a third successive top-five finish, underlining the young American’s improving confidence and pace. Richardson recovered to seventh, with Scott battling back from the rear to eighth at the line. Sam MacLeod was the first of the three guest drivers to finish, taking ninth ahead of James Abbott and Falcon's Shaun Thong.

22 June 2013

Camish takes the record, but Harrison pushes him all the way

Dan Cammish is the new British Formula Ford record holder for the most number of consecutive race victories in a season. The 24-year-old from Leeds led round 14 of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain from pole position to chequered flag to secure the record, previously held by Scott Malvern, and to further extend his championship lead. It was another faultless display by the JTR Mygale driver, despite being pressured hard all the way to the chequered flag by Harrison Scott. Cammish was 3.4s ahead at the line, not his most commanding win but not his narrowest victory either. “It’s my record now,” said Dan from the Croft podium. “It means a lot to me to break it – the fact that Scott held it spurred me on a bit. But I didn’t come back into Formula Ford with the idea of winning 14 races in a row, I just wanted to win as many as I could and the championship…” Cammish’s next target is Malvern’s overall record of 18 wins which he claimed en route to the 2011 championship title. There were smiles also from Scott, who started from P2 on the grid in the Falcon Motorsport Mygale and who did not put a wheel wrong during his pursuit. “I think everyone can see how close we are to Dan now, and I’m very happy with second place and the Scholarship class win,” said Harrison. Nico Maranzana held third in his Jamun Racing Mygale from the grid to the finish line to score his second podium of the day; the Argentinian was never more than a second behind Scott at any stage of the race. The battle for fourth place was the highlight: Juan Rosso held sway initially, under pressure first from Camren Kaminsky and then from Lassi Halminen. But bearing down on them all was Jamun’s South African charger Jayde Kruger, who started from the back of the grid after mechanical problems cut short his qualifying efforts. Kruger diced his way into the top six by lap five, nipping past Kaminsky at the hairpin, and then got the better of a long battle with Halminen for fifth with a similar manoeuvre at the hairpin on lap eight. Halminen came back at him three laps later after a better exit from the chicane but then Jayde managed to dive up the inside of both Halminen and Rosso through the hairpin to secure a deserved fourth. Halminen took advantage of Rosso also to claim fifth, with Sam Brabham battling race-long with James Abbott for seventh. Kaminsky lost time two laps from the end and dropped back to ninth, with local hero Rob Shield completing the top 10 in the SWB Sinter. Sam MacLeod and Wei Fung Thong joined Andy Richardson in retirement, Thong after coming a cropper at the hairpin as he battled with Kruger and Halminen. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 14 (of 30) 22 June 2013, Croft 15 laps / 31.87 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR (Leeds) JTR Mygale 20m 19.859s / 94.06mph 2 Harrison SCOTT / GBR (Althorne) Falcon Mygale +3.410s 3 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +4.927s 4 Jayde KRUGER / RSA Jamun Mygale +15.912s 5 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +19.645s 6 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun Mygale +24.657s etc Scholarship class: 1 Scott; 2 Maranzana; 3 Sam BRABHAM / GBR (Henley) JTR Mygale Fastest lap Cammish 1m 20.519s / 95.

9 June 2013

Harrison Scott becomes first driver to lead Cammish in 2013

A lightening start from second on the grid gave Harrison Scott the lead in race two at Oulton Park on a sunny day in front of 40,000 spectators. Round 11 provided a first for the 2013 championship with Cammish failing to lead the early stages of the race. The championship leader prevailed in the end, however, to secure his 11th straight victory for the JTR team. It was Harrison Scott who laid down the challenge at the start, the 17-year-old Falcon Motorsport racer getting a flying start from second on the grid to overhaul pole man Cammish into Old Hall Corner. Alas for Harrison, the startline judges ruled that he had anticipated the lights and slapped him with a drive-through penalty. It was some time before Scott made his imposed pit visit, however, and that made for a superb four-lap battle between Harrison, Dan and championship newcomer Jayde Kruger (Jamun). Despite not having followed another car all year, Cammish quickly adapted to his situation and put Scott under severe pressure. At the start of lap two he lunged for the lead into Old Hall and ran side by side with Scott down the Avenue before Harrison shook off his pursuer into Cascades. Kruger soon made up for a slowish getaway to join the battle and made a bold attempt to wrest second from Cammish at the hairpin on lap three. Dan covered the move, however, and was soon able to pull clear of his challenger as Scott made his stop. By the end of the fifth lap Cammish was 1.3s clear and Dan extended that advantage to 3.1s by the flag. “At first I didn’t realise Harrison had jumped the start,” said Cammish. “I got an OK start and was worried about how he’d managed to get a so much better one. From then on I was right under his rear wing and Kruger was right under mine for a while. Harrison was going to make me work for that one; it wouldn’t have been an easy pass on him but it would have been a long race for him with me under his rear wing.” Kruger was more than pleased with second: “We’ve made big strides since we got here on Friday for testing. We’ll get there.” A second-lap sort-out at the hairpin saw Andy Richardson bumped into a spin by Juan Rosso, an incident which ended the Argentinian’s race on the spot. The crash played into the hands of Camren Kaminsky, who gained four places and then inherited third when Scott was penalised. The American JTR driver was delighted to return to the podium for the first time since Brands Hatch at the start of the season: “I think my turbo was giving trouble towards the end so it was a relief to see the flag. I’m pleased to be back and hoping that my run of bad luck is broken.” Kaminsky had had to hold off a late challenge from fourth-placed (and Scholarship class winner) Sam Brabham, who was followed home by Scott and James Abbott’s Radical Motorsport Mygale. Richardson’s run was ended after 11 laps with a sticking throttle. In Round 12, Cammish made an impeccable start to establish an early lead and by half distance was more than six seconds ahead of the pursuing Harrison Scott. Scott made a good start too but, mindful of his jump-start penalty in round 11, was ultra-careful this time. Cammish was delighted to have racked up a dozen wins already in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain: “I got a great start. I’ve done a few not-so-great starts in a row so I was determined, and my God I shot off.” Of Malvern’s record, Cammish added: “It would be great to equal it and even better to beat it, but that’s a hell of a run. We’ll see.” Cammish, Scott and Jamun’s Jayde Kruger held the top three positions throughout the race, Jamun’s new South African signing finishing 1.6s behind Scott after a long battle. Harrison was pleased to have put his first-race accident and race two penalty behind him with second and the Scholarship class win: “That makes up for things a bit. The other two races were a disappointment and to finish the weekend with that result makes me happy.” The battle of the race was between Andy Richardson, Sam Brabham and Camren Kaminsky for fourth. They circulated as one for the duration and the squabble was decided only in the final minutes when Brabham ran wide at Lodge on the penultimate lap. Kaminsky jumped his JTR team-mate for fifth but was unable to carry on the momentum to tackle Richardson. James Abbot was seventh in his new Mygale, ahead of Jamun’s Argentinian drivers Juan Rosso and Nico Maranzana. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 11 (of 30) 9 June 2013, Oulton Park 15 laps / 33.39 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR (Leeds) JTR Mygale 20m 54.157s / 95.84mph 2 Jayde KRUGER / RSA Jamun Mygale +3.148s 3 Camren KAMINSKY / USA JTR Mygale +8.829s 4 Sam BRABHAM / GBR (Henley) JTR Mygale +9.078s 5 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +12.530s 6 Harrison SCOTT / GBR (Althorne) Falcon Mygale +28.571s etc Scholarship class 1 Brabham; 2 Maranzana; 3 Scott etc Fastest lap Cammish 1m 22.266s / 97.41mph Round 12 15 laps / 33.39 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR (Leeds) JTR Mygale 20m 50.101s / 96.15mph 2 Harrison SCOTT / GBR (Althorne) Falcon Mygale +5.366s 3 Jayde KRUGER / RSA Jamun Mygale +7.040s 4 Andy RICHARDSON / GBR (Grantham) Richardson Mygale +19.410s 5 Camren KAMINSKY / USA JTR Mygale +19.773s 6 Sam BRABHAM / GBR (Henley) JTR Mygale +20.167s etc Scholarship class 1 Scott; 2 Richardson; 3 Brabham etc Fastest lap Cammish 1m 22.243s / 97.43mph