8 June 2013

Harrison secures three front row slots for Oulton

8 June, 2013 - Harrison Scott secured a front row place for all three races at Oulton Park this weekend, but it was Dan Cammish who would take the poles. In race one Dan Cammish extended his victory run in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain to 10 this afternoon at Oulton Park, the Leeds 25-year-old leading every lap of the first of the weekend’s three races. Cammish once again started from the pole in his Mygale and built an early lead to secure the win. Sam Brabham made second after getting the better of a race-long battle with Juan Rosso. Despite good starts from both Brabham and Falcon Motorsport driver Harrison Scott, Cammish’s lead was 2.2s by the end of the opening lap. Dan stroked out his advantage to almost seven seconds by mid-distance before easing his pace to preserve his tyres and claim a 3.9-second victory. "I backed off towards the end, came back inside myself and did enough to maintain the gap.” Brabham, whose first experience of Oulton Park came in an abbreviated testing session yesterday, followed his team leader’s example in making a great start to overhaul Scott on lap one, with South African Jayde Kruger slotting into fourth place for Jamun on his championship debut. Kruger’s hopes faded on lap two when his ignition cut out and he lost time while resetting the system and restarting, and the battle for second between Brabham and Scott was joined by Rosso. They circulated as one for several laps until lap six, when Scott posted his first retirement of the season after clipping the tyres at the chicane and damaging his suspension. Rosso played a waiting game until the final lap, closing right on to Brabham’s rear wing as he prepared his bid to steal second. Alas for the Argentinian, he came unstuck at Knickerbrook, clipping the kerbs and spinning out. That left Brabham clear to collect his maiden podium and the Scholarship class victory, and the third-generation racer was delighted: “I had quite a lot of understeer through the faster corners and Juan was right on my backside. I really had to defend hard, and then I noticed he wasn’t behind me any more and the pressure was off. I’m delighted - a 1-2 for the team is great.” Rosso’s demise opened the way for his team-mate Maranzana, whose car was performing brilliantly given his heavy shunt in qualifying, to claim third, ahead of the recovering Kruger and Radical Motorsport’s James Abbott, whose fifth place in his new Mygale chassis was a season-best result. “We’re making good progress with the new car and now we just need to learn how to get the best from it. We are getting there,” said James. Andy Richardson, who started from pit lane after missing by seconds the deadline to get to the grid, struggled to sixth. “We had the same sort of pace as everyone else,” said Andy, “so making any progress from the back was hard.” Camren Kaminsky was the final finisher in seventh, the American pleased just to be on track after his car had to be repaired following a qualifying accident. Round 11 of the championship, which will be screened live on ITV4, is scheduled for 1300 Sunday. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 10 (of 30) 8 June 2013, Oulton Park 15 laps / 33.39 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR (Leeds) JTR Mygale 20m 41.871s / 96.79mph 2 Sam BRABHAM / GBR (Henley) JTR Mygale +3.928s 3 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +11.110s 4 Jayde KRUGER / RSA Jamun Mygale +12.187s 5 James ABBOTT / GBR (Thurlby) Radical Mygale +22.499s 6 Andy RICHARDSON / GBR (Grantham) Richardson Mygale +25.304s etc Scholarship class 1 Brabham; 2 Maranzana; 3 Richardson. Fastest lap Cammish 1m 21.216s / 98.67 mph Est Rec

23 May 2013

Ken Block takes to the track with Falcon

Star of the Gymkhana videos, X Games and the WRC Ken Block took to the track today in one of Falcon Motorsport’s Eco Boost Formula Ford cars. The event was arranged by Ford at their vehicle test track at Dunton in Essex and gave Ken the opportunity to sample a very different machine from his usual 600bhp Ford Fiesta ST RX43. Ken is probably best known for his series of Gymkhana YouTube videos that have attracted huge audiences. His most recent video, Gymkhana Five has had a staggering 46.5 million views to date. As well as the videos, Ken contests the Global Rallycross Championship which also includes the X Games and he also contests selected rounds of the World Rally Championship. “It’s been a great privilege to let Ken have a run in our car today, commented Team Principal Nick Streatfield. It was just a taste of what our future Formula One stars are racing now, but he really seemed to enjoy it and even wants to come back for more!”

11 May 2013

Junior meets Junior: Formula Ford star tries historic Cooper.

A star of modern-day junior motor racing met a famous name from the sport’s past this week when 17-year-old Formula Ford EcoBoost racer Harrison Scott slipped behind the wheel of a 1961 Cooper T56 Formula Junior car. The Cooper is no museum piece: it is raced regularly by its owner, Peter Fenichel, and was in action at the ‘Home of British motorsport’ this week in preparation for July’s Silverstone Classic. “I have been helping Harrison with his career, and I’m always keen to help educate younger drivers about ‘proper’ racing cars,” said Peter, “so it was a delight to be able to offer him a few laps on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. I think he enjoyed himself.” Scott, currently second overall, and leading Scholarship class driver, in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, is more used to turbocharged engines, aerodynamic wings, sequential gearboxes and slick tyres than he is to the rather more humble specification of the Cooper - 1100cc BMC engine, four-speed manual ’box, drum brakes, treaded tyres - but he was more than delighted by the experience. “It was a joy and privilege to drive the Cooper,” said the Essex-based youngster: “To feel the car slide through the fast corners was exciting. Now I can understand how truly skilful drivers like Moss and Surtees were, driving these cars fast around what were by our standards dangerous circuits. “The Cooper is always sliding and, unlike my Formula Ford, you have to balance the steering and throttle in every corner. The drum brakes were another story! I would love to race the car alongside Peter in a two-driver race at some time in the future.” Fenichel, who has traced his T56’s history back to its export to the USA by Alfred Momo, mechanic to entrepreneur and racer Briggs Cunningham, was pleased by Harrison’s empathy with the Cooper: “He looked after it well and, though it was very different to the Formula Ford he is used to racing, he adapted to the car well. Now I’m hoping that I can get a go in his Formula Ford.” Harrison returns to the track at Oulton Park on 8 June for the next rounds of the live-televised Formula Ford championship.

5 May 2013

Race 3 Thruxton - Harrison moves to second in the standings

Dan Cammish capped another weekend of Dunlop MSA Formula Ford domination with another hat-trick clincher at Thruxton today. It was not only Dan’s third Thruxton victory but also his ninth consecutive win of the season, and his impressive progress from pole position to chequered flag was accompanied by another new circuit lap record. Cammish motored away from his rivals from the outset, leading by a second-and-a-half after the opening lap and by 7s at two-thirds distance. He throttled back towards the end to save stress to his JTR Mygale, but nonetheless was 10 seconds clear at the chequered flag. The was only one moment when the Leeds 24-year-old’s progress to victory looked in doubt, and it came mid-race: “I almost fell off at the chicane,” said Dan. “I got a little sideways and hit the kerb on the way in. That woke me up a bit!” Of his ninth win he added: “What can I say? My car is good, there’s no doubt about it, and that helps me. I have the experience and the skills to get away at the start, and control the races from there. The other guys are getting a little closer but at the moment they are still a bit of a way off. They will keep going and they will have the chance for some more testing between now and the next races. I’d like some competition – that’s what I came back for. I didn’t come back just to drive around in circles. That said, a win is a win and I am here for the championship.” If Cammish’s success was predictable, the outcome of the other podium places was anything but. Jamun’s Juan Rosso swept into second at the start, past Harrison Scott’s Falcon Mygale, and with Andy Richardson’s Mygale in close attendance. Richardson, the star of round seven at Thruxton, was on mighty form and attacked his Argentinian rival to claim the position through Noble on the fifth lap. The Lincolnshire man looked to have second in the bag but faltered on the penultimate lap. “I’m a little disappointed not to have got second in that race,” said Andy. “I had fuel surge going around Church and lost a bit of power. After that every time I turned left it would cut out. Going around the left into the Complex on the last lap it slowed again and Juan was able to pass me. If I had defended it would probably have ended in an accident. But in all it’s been a good weekend and I’m going to go home, enjoy the champagne and the rest of the bank holiday.” Richardson’s compensation was a second Scholarship class win of the weekend. Rosso was delighted with his second successive second-place finish: “It was fun. My car was brilliant all the race, always holding the track well,” he said. Scott held fourth place for the duration of the race, banking more valuable championship points to cement his second place overall in the championship and also to take the lead of the Scholarship Cup. Another rookie, Sam Brabham, was fifth for JTR to equal his personal best. “It was good,” said the Henley-based 18-year-old . “I got quite a good start, picked a few off early. Then I made a few mistakes and lost a bit of time. Towards the end I had quite a lot of push through the quicker corners and all in all it was a good race and I’m pleased to be on the Scholarship podium.” Fred Martin-Dye completed the top six in his SWB Sinter, ahead of Jamun’s Nico Maranzana and James Abbott in the Radical Sinter. There were a number of casualties: Camren Kaminsky lost time at the start and was eventually forced to retire with damage caused by a clash of wheels with Martin-Dye, and George Blundell’s Enigma Mygale completed only six laps before pulling off. Lassi Halminen’s freshly installed engine proved too low on power for the Finn to continue beyond two laps, while the perennially unlucky newcomer David Wagner suffered car trouble even before the start. The Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain teams have the luxury of a month to regroup before the next rounds, at Oulton Park in Cheshire. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 9 (of 30) 5 May 2013, Thruxton 15 laps / 35.34 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 18m 18.422s 2 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +10.041s 3 Andy RICHARDSON / GBR/Lincoln Richardson/Mygale +10.800s 4 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +11.350s 5 Sam BRABHAM / GBR/Henley JTR/Mygale +11.700s 6 Fred MARTIN-DYE / GBR/Shamley Green SWB/Sinter +25.702s Scholarship class 1 Richardson, 2 Scott, 3 Brabham Fastest lap Cammish 1m 12.186s / 117.49mph Rec

4 May 2013

Race 1 Thruxton - Halminen robbed of podium

Dan Cammish duly recorded his seventh race win of the season at Thruxton this afternoon, but his rivals served notice on the JTR driver that his stranglehold on the victory spoils may not continue for much longer. Despite very limited experience of Thruxton in a single-seater, Richardson Racing Mygale driver Andy Richardson gave pole-starter Cammish a good run for his money, coming close to depriving Dan of the lead away from the startline, and he held on to finish a strong second. Cammish admitted that he had to call on every ounce of his bravery to keep Richardson behind: “The first lap was close. Andy got off the line really quickly; I thought I had got off the line well but he did even better than me, and he was right behind me into the Complex and I had to go defensive and locked up the brakes quite hard. I managed to stay ahead there but he was towing me all the way down to Church, and I knew that if I let him get anywhere near me through there he would draft past me, so I held my breath and went flat-out through Church and managed to make it stick.” Richardson lost second to Falcon Motorsport’s Finnish pilot Lassi Halminen at the Club chicane at the end of lap four but was returned to the position five laps later when Halminen pitted with a blown engine. Richardson crossed the line 5.2s adrift of the winner to claim not only second place but also the Scholarship class win. “This is the hardest circuit I have been to,” said Andy. “The six laps I did in qualifying this morning are the sum total of my experience around here in a single-seater, but despite that I made a great start and was able to go quicker and quicker as the tyres came in. Towards the end I made a couple of mistakes which allowed the others to catch me, but overall I’m really pleased.” Falcon’s young star Harrison Scott challenged Richardson hard all the way and had a battle on his hands keeping Jamun’s Juan Rosso at bay. “Juan, Andy and I had a really good battle,” said Harrison. “A couple of times I left the door open and let Rosso through and it needed some good overtaking to get back past him. It was a really tough race and I’m pleased to be on the podium.” Rosso had to settle for fourth, just ahead of his team-mate Luke Williams, who lost a lot of ground at the start after a collision with the JTR car of Camren Kaminsky through the complex. “Everybody braked through there but me,” said Luke, “and unfortunately we made contact. I’m not sure why everybody braked because it’s usually flat through there…” Williams’ fight back from 12th to fifth was a highlight of the race. Fred Martin-Dye battled with flat-spotted tyres for much of the distance and was pleased with sixth, his best finish so far in the SWB Motorsport Sinter. Jamun’s Nico Maranzana deprived JTR’s Sam Brabham of seventh at mid-distance, with Kaminsky battling back from the rear after his lap-one incident to make it to ninth at the line, ahead of James Abbott’s Radical Sinter, early spinner George Blundell and championship newcomer David Wagner, who lost ground on the final lap with a mechanical issue after holding ninth. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 7 (of 30) 4 May 2013, Thruxton 15 laps / 35.34 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 18m 29.678s / 114.64mph 2 Andrew RICHARDSON / GBR/Lincoln Richardson/Mygale +5.249s 3 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +6.245s 4 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +9.260s 5 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR/Thirsk Jamun/Mygale +18.794s 6 Fred MARTIN-DYE / GBR/Shamley Green SWB/Sinter +20.936s Scholarship class 1 Richardson; 2 Scott; 3 Martin-Dye. Fastest lap Cammish 1m 12.412s / 117.12mph Est Rec