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

2 May 2013

David Wagner joins Falcon for Thruxton

Glasgow racer David Wagner is to join the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain this weekend at Thruxton. The 20-year-old will take over the third Mygale seat at Falcon Motorsport, alongside Harrison Scott and Lassi Halminen, with a view to completing the season. “I would like to see how I get on this weekend and take it from there,” said David, whose first experience of an EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford car will come in official qualifying on Saturday. “It is going in at deep end but the championship and Falcon Motorsport have been doing everything they can to make me as comfortable as possible, so I am sure we can do a good job.” Wagner has plenty of Thruxton experience gained during two full seasons in BARC Formula Renault. He was a champion in cadet and junior karts before switching to single-seaters in 2010, going on to win one race and finish fourth in BARC Renault last season. David, a student of finance and marketing at Strathclyde University, hopes to graduate to GP3 in 2014.

21 April 2013

Race 2 and 3 Donington - Scott moves to third in the Championship

Dan Cammish continued his winning ways in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship today at Donington Park, following up his Saturday Donington victory and the three he scored last month at Brands Hatch with another pair of pole-position-to-chequered flag displays. Six rounds into the new championship, Cammish and his JTR-prepared EcoBoost Mygale have taken six poles and six wins, and the Leeds-based 24-year-old is 55 points ahead of his closest rival in the championship standings. Dan won round five by a 5.6s advantage at the line and saved his best for last, claiming victory in the final race of the weekend by the biggest margin yet - 12 seconds - after another copybook performance. “It’s all good, especially the car,” said Cammish. “Do I want some competition? No, I’m quite happy doing it this way; you never get bored of winning. I know that the others will get there eventually and close the gap, but until they do I am happy. “It’s been really good weekend for me again,” he added. “Three poles, three wins - three quite dominant wins in the end. The whole idea of coming back to Formula Ford was to get my name back out there, to do the best possible job that I can for myself and for the team, and see where life takes me after that. So far, so good. My great start to the season is not just down to me, it’s thanks to the team, my sponsors, everyone helping me.” In round five there was again an entertaining battle for the remaining podium positions which was not settled until near the end of the race. The Falcon Motorsport Mygales of Harrison Scott and Lassi Halminen made superb getaways from third and fourth on the grid to slot past Jamun’s Nico Maranzana at the start, and rookie racer Scott, 17, held second place all the way until two laps from home, when his more experienced Argentinian rival, Juan Rosso (Jamun), launched an attack at Schwantz curve which he managed to make stick around the outside at McLeans to secure second place and his first podium of the season. Said Essex-based Scott, who placed third and won the Scholarship Cup class: “Rosso put up a good fight towards the end. I managed to keep him behind me for two laps but I destroyed my tyres doing so and lost a lot of grip. But this is only my second weekend of car racing and it’s my second podium so I am not disappointed.” “It was an interesting race,” said Rosso. “The start was nice, the car was perfect. I made it up to third and thought ‘OK, I stay here.’ but after that I thought maybe I could try for second, so I did, although my tyres were not so good by then.” Maranzana battled back from a second-lap error, which saw him drop to ninth, to deprive Halminen of fourth place two laps from the end, Lassi another suffering from over-used tyres. George Blundell completed the top six for Enigma Motorsport, ahead of Sam Brabham’s JTR car and Brabham’s team-mate Camren Kaminsky, who lost a lot of ground on the opening lap when he was squeezed on to the grass and hit an adverting hoarding for championship title sponsor Dunlop. James Abbott’s Radical-run Sinter was the only other finisher, in ninth, struggling with badly flat-spotted tyres. The other Sinter, driven by Fred Martin-Dye, enjoyed a great run up to fourth in the opening laps but Fred missed his braking point at the chicane and hit the tyre wall on lap five. He was joined in retirement by Luke Williams and Andy Richardson. Williams lost several laps in the pits with technical issues but was able to go out on track once again to set fastest lap, and with it a solitary championship point. In round six, Cammish never came under threat. Maranzana made a great getaway from the front row of the grid to take up the running in second, but by the end of the opening lap Dan was 1.5s clear and speeding away. Maranzana also enjoyed a lonely race, but was robbed of a certain second on the final lap when fuel-surge problems struck and Rosso was able to take advantage. “I had no power,” said Nico. “It was the fuel. It was a shame. I had a good start, and that’s important for me as I learn how to do them, after that I was going well. One day I will be able to catch Dan - I am working hard for that.” Maranzana held on to third place at the flag, and with it victory in the Scholarship Cup division. Williams made it a Jamun 2-3-4 after battling through the field, and surviving a fourth-lap collision with Halminen which resulted in the Finn spinning off into the Redgate gravel. Williams lost time in the incident also and had to do it all again, lifting fourth from Scott at Hollywood mid-distance after Harrison had defended well for two laps. “That was a bit better,” said Thirsk driver Williams. “I got held up for a long time by Halminen and Scott, and I had a lot of understeer, as well as a lack of speed down the straights. I’m really struggling.” Scott claimed fifth at the flag ahead of impressive championship debutant Brabham and Abbott, who was looking much more at home at the wheel of the Radical Sinter. James passed the similar chassis of Martin-Dye at Redgate near the end: “We’ve made a bit of a step forward,” he said. Blundell lost time with a spin at Coppice but came back to pass Martin-Dye on the final lap for eighth, with Richardson completing the top 10 in his Richardson Racing Mygale. Kaminsky pulled out just after half distance with car trouble to put the tin lid on what proved to be a miserable Donington weekend for the American. Cammish and his challengers will be back on track in a fortnight’s time at Thruxton, the UK’s fastest circuit. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 5 (of 30) 21 April 2013, Donington Park 18 laps / 35.62 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 20m 25.176s / 104.67mph 2 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +5.606s 3 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +5.977s 4 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun/Mygale +7.528s 5 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon/Mygale +9.106s 6 George BLUNDELL / GBR/Grays Enigma/Mygale +13.520s 7 Sam BRABHAM / GBR/Henley JTR/Mygale +13.892s etc Scholarship class 1 Scott, 2 Maranzana, 3 Brabham Fastest lap Luke WILLIAMS / GBR/Thirsk Jamun/Mygale 1m 06.621s / 106.94mph Round 6, 18 laps / 35.62 miles 1 CAMMISH 20m 10.667s / 105.92mph 2 ROSSO +12.030s 3 MARANZANA +15.037s 4 WILLIAMS +15.311s 5 SCOTT +16.858s 6 BRABHAM +22.619s etc Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Scott, 3 Brabham Fastest lap Cammish 1m 06.543s / 107.06mph Provisional championship standings Overall 1 Cammish 183 points; 2 Maranzana 128; 3 Scott 119; 4 Blundell 110; 5= Williams & Halminen 86 etc Scholarship 1 Maranzana 117; 2 Scott 100; 3 Brabham 41; 4 Martin-Dye 20 Next rounds 4/5 May Thruxton

20 April 2013

Race 1 Donington - Double podium for Falcon

Dan Cammish sailed to his fourth race victory of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship season at Donington Park this afternoon, leading all the way from pole position to chequered flag, just as he did in last month’s season-opening Brands Hatch races. Cammish crossed the line 3.2s clear of his pursuers; they might have been closer to the JTR driver but spent the race battling among each other and providing great entertainment for a Donington crowd enjoying the sunny Saturday weather. “I managed to get away at the start,” said Dan, “and my plan was to use the speed of the JTR Mygale to make a break, and then just let them fight behind me, which is what they did. My car was great and the team have done a superb job to get it right after the problems we had in testing on Thursday.” It was the Jamun Mygales of Argentine duo Nico Maranzana and Juan Rosso who gave chase to Cammish initially, Rosso making his championship debut after missing the Brands races with a hand injury. He found a way past his team-mate for second on the fifth lap but erred a lap later and handed the place back to his countryman. To add insult to injury, Rosso lost third to Falcon’s impressive newcomer Scott Harrison in the process. “It was my fault,” said Juan, “my error. I won’t make the same mistake tomorrow.” Second-placed Maranzana held off Scott for four laps but, his brakes and tyres fading, was unable to resist Harrison’s pressure through McLeans on lap 10. The Essex driver had no hope by this stage of catching Cammish and instead concentrated his efforts on maintaining second to the chequered flag to collect his maiden podium finish and Scholarship Cup victory. “That was a great race,” said Harrison. “My first podium and it means a lot. The team did a great job for me.” Rosso and Lassi Halminen followed Scott’s example to demote Maranzana to fifth, with Halminen securing third on the penultimate lap with a brave move on Juan’s car through the Old Hairpin. “Rosso made a mistake and I saw that,” said Lassi, “so even though I was on the grass at the Old Hairpin at the time I decided to go for it.” After a slow getaway from the line due to missing first gear, Sam Brabham was soon into his stride on his car-racing debut. He made the top six by lap nine and snatched fifth away from Maranzana two laps later. But for an error at McLeans on lap 15, where he lost time with a well-saved slide, he might have liberated fourth from Rosso before the end. “I didn’t make a great start,” said Sam, who is the son of Le Mans winner David Brabham and grandson of three-time World Champion Sir Jack, “but after that I was able to pick my way through and catch up the leading pack. Then I lost the rear of the car and Nico got past me, but I was able to repass him on the last lap. It’s a very pleasing result for my first time.” Luke Williams’ handling struggles from qualifying continued into the race, the Yorkshireman finishing seventh behind Maranzana, with George Blundell eighth ahead of James Abbott’s Sinter, Camren Kaminsky, who was suffering gearbox and engine woes, and Fred Martin-Dye, whose debut run in the SWB Sinter was delayed by a drive-through penalty for an out-of-position start. Andy Richardson was similarly penalised and retired from the race after 11 laps, losing power and oil. Cammish will start both of tomorrow’s Donington races - the last of which is to be screened live on ITV4 - from pole position again. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 4 (of 30) 20 April 2013, Donington Park 18 laps / 35.62 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 20m 14.875s / 105.56mph 2 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +3.235s 3 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon/Mygale +4.490s 4 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +6.361s 5 Sam BRABHAM / GBR/Henley JTR/Mygale +10.062s 6 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun/Mygale +10.284s etc Scholarship class 1 Scott; 2 Brabham; 3 Maranzana Fastest lap Cammish, 1m 06.151s/107.70mph Est Rec

9 April 2013

Harrison Scott tops official testing at Thruxton

Seventeen-year-old Harrison Scott showed his more experienced rivals the way around Thruxton, the fastest track on the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford GB calendar, in official testing today. The Essex racer and his Falcon Motorsport Mygale were a quarter of a second clear of their closest rival around the Hampshire track, which will play host to rounds of the championship early next month. Scott lapped the 2.4-mile track in a time of 1m 12.173 in the drier afternoon session; he was quick in the damp morning conditions also, third behind Scott Malvern (Jamun) and Neil Winn (Falcon). Malvern ended the day second overall to Scott with a time of 1m 12.429s, with JTR man Camren Kaminsky third overall with a lap of 1m 12.978s. Kaminsky’s championship-leading team-mate Dan Cammish was absent from Thruxton; his place on the squad was taken by 18-year-old Sam Brabham, who concentrated on familiarising himself with his new Mygale rather than recording any lap times. Fred Martin-Dye put in a good showing on his first official test with the new Sinter chassis, run by SWB Motorsport. Fred’s best lap was a 1m 13.808s – seventh fastest and 0.8s quicker than that of his only Sinter rival, James Abbott. The Formula Ford campaigners return to the track next Thursday for testing at Donington Park, ahead of the 20/21 April races at the Leicestershire track. FORMULA FORD TEST THRUXTON Provisional testing times 9/4/13 1 Harrison SCOTT / GBR Falcon Mygale 1m 12.173s 2 Scott MALVERN / GBR Jamun Mygale 1m 12.429s 3 Camren KAMINSKY / USA JTR Mygale 1m 12.978s 4 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale 1m 13.087s 5 Neil WINN / GBR Falcon Mygale 1m 13.343s 6 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale 1m 13.470s etc