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 2 Thruxton - Another Podium for Scott

After his scare on the opening lap of the preceding race, Dan Cammish made no mistakes at the start of round eight to secure a healthy and commanding lead from the outset. By the end of the opening lap the JTR Mygale driver was 2.9 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer, and by the third tour was 8.6s in the clear. Though he backed off to preserve his Dunlops towards the end of the race, Cammish once again had no serious worries as he cruised to his eighth straight win of the season and an increased championship lead. It was a copybook display of measured progress to a 5.1-second victory. As in all previous seven races of the short Dunlop MSA Formula Ford season, the outcome for the lesser placings was in doubt almost all the way to the flag. There was a fast and furious battle for second disputed initially by Harrison Scott and Luke Williams, and then by Scott and Juan Rosso. Williams’ Jamun Mygale pushed Scott’s Falcon machine back to third on lap two, with Fred Martin-Dye’s SWB Sinter following Luke through for third for a few laps. Scott bounced back to regain the place from Martin-Dye and then, on lap seven, took second back from Williams. Harrison had no answer, however, for the late-race pace of Jamun’s Juan Rosso, who swept past for second place five laps from the flag. Scott was far from disappointed with his second podium of the day, however. “It was a massive battle. Juan got me into the Complex, and I didn’t want to try to get him back because I was thinking that there’s another race tomorrow. I’m very pleased – another podium is great at this stage of the season.” Rosso was delighted with his progress from fourth on the grid: “It was really good fun with all the guys; a really nice race. I love to race like this.” After his tribulations at Donington and in the first Thruxton race, Camren Kaminsky bounced back to secure fourth, having dropped as low as ninth early on. “It was kind of like a chess game,” said the American. “I was able to make some nice passes, then lost a couple and had to plan my moves to get back.” Nico Maranzana took fifth ahead of George Blundell, who put in a solid drive in the Enigma Mygale, with Williams fading to seventh on the final lap, ahead of Sinter men Martin-Dye and James Abbott. Sam Brabham survived a mid-race moment to take ninth ahead of Andrew Richardson, who had to pit to remove grass cuttings from his radiators after an off-track excursion in avoidance of Brabham’s spinning Mygale. David Wagner again suffered mechanical dramas, as did Lassi Halminen, who failed to make the start after his first-race problems. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 8 (of 30) 4 May 2013, Thruxton 15 laps / 35.34 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 18m 34.520s / 114.15mph 2 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +5.153s 3 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +7.003s 4 Camren KAMINSKY / USA JTR/Mygale +12.513s 5 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun/Mygale +13.021s 6 George BLUNDELL / GBR/Grays Enigma/Mygale +13.511s Scholarship class 1 Scott, 2 Maranzana, 3 Fred Martin-Dye Fastest lap Cammish 1m 12.337s / 117.25mph