31 March 2013

Race 3 Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish capped a perfect weekend at Brands Hatch this evening by clinching his third win of the opening weekend of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain season. As in races one and two, the Leeds-based JTR driver led from pole position to chequered flag in his EcoBoost Mygale. Dan exits Brands Hatch with a 27-point series lead and a beaming smile. “This is about as good as it gets,” said Cammish. “It’s something I may never experience again in my career; I’ve topped every practice, led every lap. It’s unbelievable really. I thought I had it in me, I was confident, but I didn’t really dare hope it would all go that well. The car was fantastic, and all thanks to JTR for that.” Luke Williams put his mechanical woes from round two behind him to slot into second ahead of JTR man Camren Kaminsky on lap three. He closed down Cammish’s lead from 4.8 seconds to 2.8 by the chequered flag, and was pleased to make the podium for the first time this weekend. “Got there finally,” said the Sowerby-based Jamun driver. “In the first race I had tyre issues, in the second my alternator failed, so I was determined to make it in the third. It’s been a poor start to my season, and we needed the points. I don’t really think I could have caught Dan.” Kaminsky took third, his second podium of the weekend, finishing 2.8s clear of Scholarship class victor Nico Maranzana. Nico was involved in an opening-lap tangle with his Jamun team-mate Scott Malvern from which he was lucky to emerge without lost time. Malvern spun to the back. “I’m not entirely sure what happened,” said Scott. “I think one of my team-mates may have been slightly ambitious on the brakes, so that was the end of my race really. Once that happens, you just hope for a safety car or you turn it into a test session and, seeing as we’ve been struggling this week, we thought we’d test and see what we could do. When things like that happen there’s not a lot you can do really.” There were no mistakes this time from Falcon man Lassi Halminen, who secured fifth, with Autosport journo Ben Anderson (Jamun) getting the better of a long duel with George Blundell (Enigma) to take sixth. Malvern battled back from dead last to eighth, posting fastest lap along the way. Harrison Scott capped an impressive debut weekend for Falcon with another top-10 finish, this time ninth, ahead of his team-mate Neil Winn, the Sinter of James Abbott and the Richardson Racing Mygale of Andy Richardson. Winn was philosophical about his weekend: “The car was much better in that race but we still have work to do on simple things like seat fitting. I think we should have it sorted for the next round. I’m not sure we’ve fully cured our tyre issues. I think as we go into the season and temperatures rise then people will have fewer problems. We’ve certainly got into a better position with tyre management.” Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 3 (of 30) 31 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 11.008s / 93.36mph 2 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale +2.779s 3 Camren KAMINSKY / GBR JTR Mygale +9.835s 4 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +11.565s 5 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +14.386s 6 Ben ANDERSON / GBR Jamun Mygale +18.712s Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Harrison Scott (GBR/Falcon Mygale). Fastest lap Scott Malvern (GBR/Jamun Mygale) 45.887s / 94.76mph Provisional championship standings Overall 1 Cammish 91 points; 2= Maranzana & Blundell 64; 4 Kaminsky 51; 5 Scott 48; 6 Williams 47 etc Scholarship 1 Maranzana 63, 2 Scott 45. Next rounds 20/21 April Donington Park

31 March 2013

Race 2 Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish made it two out of two at Brands Hatch this morning, the JTR Mygale driver leading the second round of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain from pole position to chequered flag - just as he did in yesterday’s round one. This time, however, Dan was made to work hard for his win by his arch-rival for the championship title, Scott Malvern, who closed to within half a second of him on the final lap. Malvern’s second place for Jamun was a small compensation for his retirement from round one, in which he struggled for pace and with heavy tyre wear. Malvern’s team-mate Nico Maranzana claimed a podium finish in only his second car race, and with it the Scholarship class honours. Just as he did yesterday, Leeds racer Cammish set off from the pole like a scalded cat. By the first lap’s end he was 1.5s clear of his closest pursuer, Jamun man Luke Williams, who had overhauled Malvern away from the line. Malvern was playing a cautious game, preserving his Dunlops at the start while temperatures built; he made his move on Williams for second place on the seventh lap and set about closing down Cammish’s advantage, which by now stood at 3.7s. Alas Williams’ challenge for a podium result faltered soon after along with his electrics. “The alternator stopped working; it wasn’t working right from the start of the race,” said Luke. “We started with no battery power and all the way through the race we had problems with it surging, which meant I had an even bigger lack of straight line speed.” Luke handed the third-place baton to his team-mate Maranzana, who had on the lap before Williams pitted got the better of a duel with JTR’s Camren Kaminsky. Kaminsky and Falcon driver Lassi Halminen ended their battle over fourth place in the Paddock Hill Bend gravel trap a lap from the end after tangling. Up front, Malvern kept up relentless pressure on Cammish, whittling the gap back to half a second by the 22nd of the 26 laps. Dan was able to hang on in front, however: “The game plan was to try to push on hard from the start,” he said, “but I had to be careful because I needed some tyres left at the end. I put in some very consistent laps I think and I managed just to keep him at bay long enough. It’s a great result and all credit to JTR.” “I took things easy at the start,” said Malvern, “so as not to destroy the tyres, and it worked out OK. But we still need to find a lot more speed to catch the JTR boys.” Maranzana was delighted with his third place. “We made a change to the car after yesterday,” said Nico, “and it made a big difference. It allowed me to concentrate on my work.” Enigma’s George Blundell benefited from the late-race clash between Kaminsky and Halminen to secure fourth place ahead of Autosport writer and guest driver Ben Anderson, with Harrison Scott claiming sixth for Falcon ahead of Sinter driver James Abbott and Richardson Racing man Andy Richardson. Neil Winn was the fourth retirement: “We have had very limited testing with the car so the set-up was very soft and just ate up the tyres, soft graining them. We were out on the same tyres today due to the regulations and we changed the set-up of the car but the left rear is very bad. It’s almost down to the canvas. I didn’t have much confidence in the car and the team said that if I were to stay out then the tyres may clean up. Going into the gravel at Paddock Hill told me that it was time to call it a day.” The third and final race of Formula Ford’s Brands Hatch weekend will bring a close to the Easter Sunday events at the Kent track. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 2 (of 30) 31 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 09.114s / 93.50mph 2 Scott MALVERN / GBR Jamun Mygale +0.424s 3 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +15.332s 4 George BLUNDELL / GBR Enigma Mygale +24.073s 5 Ben ANDERSON / GBR Jamun Mygale +34.126s 6 Harrison SCOTT / GBR Falcon Mygale +41.310s etc Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Scott. Fastest lap Malvern 45.720s / 95.11mph Rec

30 March 2013

Race 1 Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish overcame severe cramp and a sleet shower to write his name in the Formula Ford history book this afternoon at Brands Hatch as the first race winner of the modern EcoBoost era. The 23-year-old from Leeds led home his American team-mate Camren Kaminsky for a thrilling JTR 1-2, and set fastest lap along the way to take a useful early lead in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Cammish made an inch-perfect getaway from pole position and led all the way to the chequered flag, pursued in the early stages by Jamun drivers Luke Williams and Scott Malvern. Kaminsky came back from a poor start to take up second three laps from the end, and he reduced Cammish’s victory margin to less than a second in the closing laps as the sleet started to dampen the track. Dan was delighted and relieved in equal measure on the top step of the Brands Hatch podium: “That was the weirdest race of my life - I had cramp all the way through, which has never happened to me before, and I was determined I was not going to lose a race through it. So I carried on, driving around Sebastian Vettel-style, nice and steady, chilling out and short-shifting, and I’m still pulling away from them! I wasn’t sure what to do. So I’m cruising around and then it starts to spit and I can see Camren coming up behind me. I thought: ‘Please don’t make this a race, Cam.’ Thankfully, he didn’t.” Phoenix-based Kaminsky salvaged his result from the ashes of a bad getaway from fourth on the grid: “I made a poor start,” he said, “so it was hard work to get back. The last couple of laps I made a few mistakes but was still closing in on Dan. Maybe if I’d had another two or three laps I could have had a chance but Dan is my team-mate and a hard man to beat.” George Blundell secured third place for the Enigma Motorsport team thanks to a brilliant drive. The Essex racer had no answer to Kaminsky’s pace but was able to snatch the final podium place from Williams’ grasp three laps from home, after several repulsed attempts. “I had had a few openings,” said George, “but Luke made it hard for me to get past. I knew I had to bide my time because I didn’t want any contact. I got the job done in the end.” Blundell made decisive move on Williams through Graham Hill Bend. There was a remarkable comeback drive from young Finn Lassi Halminen, who spun fourth place away at Clark Curve on lap three and had to battle back from 10th in his Falcon Motorsport Mygale. “If I hadn’t gone off I would have been on the podium,” said Lassi, “but I enjoyed my race, especially the last few corners when I overtook two cars one after another.” On his way back to fourth spot, Halminen demoted Williams, who was struggling with worn tyres, and his Jamun team-mate Nico Maranzana, to fifth and sixth respectively on the penultimate lap. Said Williams: “I started well and the car felt good but about half way through the tyres just went. We are massively down on straight line speed so I had to push really hard around the corners, which ruined the tyres meaning we were just a sitting duck.” Argentinian Maranzana was the leading Scholarship Cup contender and finished a second clear of guest driver Ben Anderson, the Autosport journalist. James Abbott gave the new Sinter chassis a successful debut finish in eighth, with Harrison Scott, Andrew Richardson and Neil Winn completing the finishing order. Said James Abbott: “The race went pretty well, I got a good start and was able to move through fairly swiftly from the line. The car was good on the first couple of laps and then the tyres just started to get a bit hotter. That’s the thing we’ve been struggling with on the new car. The rubber tends to want to fall off.” Harrison Scott said he had struggled a bit with racecraft. “We lacked a bit of rear grip so I couldn’t push as hard as I’d have liked at the beginning. We lost touch of the cars ahead of us which meant it was over really. The snow only really came in for the last two laps so I was just taking it easy, not pushing as hard. It’s all about experience really and hopefully I’ll be able to close up to the guys in front for the next race.” Richardson was delighted by his maiden single-seater outing: “It’s awesome. I was going quicker each time and just smiling all the time. We went quicker than we did in qualifying, which is odd, but just shows the pace that we have. It’s just time in the seat that we need.” Malvern was the only casualty of the race, the 2011 champion pulling out on the 15th lap with power delivery problems, having held third place up to that point. Scott will start alongside pole man Cammish once again tomorrow morning for the second of the weekend’s three Formula Ford races, which will be screened during ITV4’s live Brands Hatch coverage. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 1 (of 30) 30 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 16.540s / 92.93mph 2 Camren KAMINSKY / GBR JTR Mygale +0.861s 3 George BLUNDELL / GBR Enigma Mygale +11.316s 4 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +12.269s 5 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale +13.621s 6 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +14.349s etc Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Harrison Scott (GBR/Falcon Mygale). Fastest lap Cammish 45.722s / 95.10mph Est Rec

30 March 2013

Race 1 Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish overcame severe cramp and a sleet shower to write his name in the Formula Ford history book this afternoon at Brands Hatch as the first race winner of the modern EcoBoost era. The 23-year-old from Leeds led home his American team-mate Camren Kaminsky for a thrilling JTR 1-2, and set fastest lap along the way to take a useful early lead in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Cammish made an inch-perfect getaway from pole position and led all the way to the chequered flag, pursued in the early stages by Jamun drivers Luke Williams and Scott Malvern. Kaminsky came back from a poor start to take up second three laps from the end, and he reduced Cammish’s victory margin to less than a second in the closing laps as the sleet started to dampen the track. Dan was delighted and relieved in equal measure on the top step of the Brands Hatch podium: “That was the weirdest race of my life - I had cramp all the way through, which has never happened to me before, and I was determined I was not going to lose a race through it. So I carried on, driving around Sebastian Vettel-style, nice and steady, chilling out and short-shifting, and I’m still pulling away from them! I wasn’t sure what to do. So I’m cruising around and then it starts to spit and I can see Camren coming up behind me. I thought: ‘Please don’t make this a race, Cam.’ Thankfully, he didn’t.” Phoenix-based Kaminsky salvaged his result from the ashes of a bad getaway from fourth on the grid: “I made a poor start,” he said, “so it was hard work to get back. The last couple of laps I made a few mistakes but was still closing in on Dan. Maybe if I’d had another two or three laps I could have had a chance but Dan is my team-mate and a hard man to beat.” George Blundell secured third place for the Enigma Motorsport team thanks to a brilliant drive. The Essex racer had no answer to Kaminsky’s pace but was able to snatch the final podium place from Williams’ grasp three laps from home, after several repulsed attempts. “I had had a few openings,” said George, “but Luke made it hard for me to get past. I knew I had to bide my time because I didn’t want any contact. I got the job done in the end.” Blundell made decisive move on Williams through Graham Hill Bend. There was a remarkable comeback drive from young Finn Lassi Halminen, who spun fourth place away at Clark Curve on lap three and had to battle back from 10th in his Falcon Motorsport Mygale. “If I hadn’t gone off I would have been on the podium,” said Lassi, “but I enjoyed my race, especially the last few corners when I overtook two cars one after another.” On his way back to fourth spot, Halminen demoted Williams, who was struggling with worn tyres, and his Jamun team-mate Nico Maranzana, to fifth and sixth respectively on the penultimate lap. Said Williams: “I started well and the car felt good but about half way through the tyres just went. We are massively down on straight line speed so I had to push really hard around the corners, which ruined the tyres meaning we were just a sitting duck.” Argentinian Maranzana was the leading Scholarship Cup contender and finished a second clear of guest driver Ben Anderson, the Autosport journalist. James Abbott gave the new Sinter chassis a successful debut finish in eighth, with Harrison Scott, Andrew Richardson and Neil Winn completing the finishing order. Said James Abbott: “The race went pretty well, I got a good start and was able to move through fairly swiftly from the line. The car was good on the first couple of laps and then the tyres just started to get a bit hotter. That’s the thing we’ve been struggling with on the new car. The rubber tends to want to fall off.” Harrison Scott said he had struggled a bit with racecraft. “We lacked a bit of rear grip so I couldn’t push as hard as I’d have liked at the beginning. We lost touch of the cars ahead of us which meant it was over really. The snow only really came in for the last two laps so I was just taking it easy, not pushing as hard. It’s all about experience really and hopefully I’ll be able to close up to the guys in front for the next race.” Richardson was delighted by his maiden single-seater outing: “It’s awesome. I was going quicker each time and just smiling all the time. We went quicker than we did in qualifying, which is odd, but just shows the pace that we have. It’s just time in the seat that we need.” Malvern was the only casualty of the race, the 2011 champion pulling out on the 15th lap with power delivery problems, having held third place up to that point. Scott will start alongside pole man Cammish once again tomorrow morning for the second of the weekend’s three Formula Ford races, which will be screened during ITV4’s live Brands Hatch coverage. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 1 (of 30) 30 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 16.540s / 92.93mph 2 Camren KAMINSKY / GBR JTR Mygale +0.861s 3 George BLUNDELL / GBR Enigma Mygale +11.316s 4 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +12.269s 5 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale +13.621s 6 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +14.349s etc Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Harrison Scott (GBR/Falcon Mygale). Fastest lap Cammish 45.722s / 95.10mph Est Rec

30 March 2013

Race 1 Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish overcame severe cramp and a sleet shower to write his name in the Formula Ford history book this afternoon at Brands Hatch as the first race winner of the modern EcoBoost era. The 23-year-old from Leeds led home his American team-mate Camren Kaminsky for a thrilling JTR 1-2, and set fastest lap along the way to take a useful early lead in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Cammish made an inch-perfect getaway from pole position and led all the way to the chequered flag, pursued in the early stages by Jamun drivers Luke Williams and Scott Malvern. Kaminsky came back from a poor start to take up second three laps from the end, and he reduced Cammish’s victory margin to less than a second in the closing laps as the sleet started to dampen the track. Dan was delighted and relieved in equal measure on the top step of the Brands Hatch podium: “That was the weirdest race of my life - I had cramp all the way through, which has never happened to me before, and I was determined I was not going to lose a race through it. So I carried on, driving around Sebastian Vettel-style, nice and steady, chilling out and short-shifting, and I’m still pulling away from them! I wasn’t sure what to do. So I’m cruising around and then it starts to spit and I can see Camren coming up behind me. I thought: ‘Please don’t make this a race, Cam.’ Thankfully, he didn’t.” Phoenix-based Kaminsky salvaged his result from the ashes of a bad getaway from fourth on the grid: “I made a poor start,” he said, “so it was hard work to get back. The last couple of laps I made a few mistakes but was still closing in on Dan. Maybe if I’d had another two or three laps I could have had a chance but Dan is my team-mate and a hard man to beat.” George Blundell secured third place for the Enigma Motorsport team thanks to a brilliant drive. The Essex racer had no answer to Kaminsky’s pace but was able to snatch the final podium place from Williams’ grasp three laps from home, after several repulsed attempts. “I had had a few openings,” said George, “but Luke made it hard for me to get past. I knew I had to bide my time because I didn’t want any contact. I got the job done in the end.” Blundell made decisive move on Williams through Graham Hill Bend. There was a remarkable comeback drive from young Finn Lassi Halminen, who spun fourth place away at Clark Curve on lap three and had to battle back from 10th in his Falcon Motorsport Mygale. “If I hadn’t gone off I would have been on the podium,” said Lassi, “but I enjoyed my race, especially the last few corners when I overtook two cars one after another.” On his way back to fourth spot, Halminen demoted Williams, who was struggling with worn tyres, and his Jamun team-mate Nico Maranzana, to fifth and sixth respectively on the penultimate lap. Said Williams: “I started well and the car felt good but about half way through the tyres just went. We are massively down on straight line speed so I had to push really hard around the corners, which ruined the tyres meaning we were just a sitting duck.” Argentinian Maranzana was the leading Scholarship Cup contender and finished a second clear of guest driver Ben Anderson, the Autosport journalist. James Abbott gave the new Sinter chassis a successful debut finish in eighth, with Harrison Scott, Andrew Richardson and Neil Winn completing the finishing order. Said James Abbott: “The race went pretty well, I got a good start and was able to move through fairly swiftly from the line. The car was good on the first couple of laps and then the tyres just started to get a bit hotter. That’s the thing we’ve been struggling with on the new car. The rubber tends to want to fall off.” Harrison Scott said he had struggled a bit with racecraft. “We lacked a bit of rear grip so I couldn’t push as hard as I’d have liked at the beginning. We lost touch of the cars ahead of us which meant it was over really. The snow only really came in for the last two laps so I was just taking it easy, not pushing as hard. It’s all about experience really and hopefully I’ll be able to close up to the guys in front for the next race.” Richardson was delighted by his maiden single-seater outing: “It’s awesome. I was going quicker each time and just smiling all the time. We went quicker than we did in qualifying, which is odd, but just shows the pace that we have. It’s just time in the seat that we need.” Malvern was the only casualty of the race, the 2011 champion pulling out on the 15th lap with power delivery problems, having held third place up to that point. Scott will start alongside pole man Cammish once again tomorrow morning for the second of the weekend’s three Formula Ford races, which will be screened during ITV4’s live Brands Hatch coverage. Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Round 1 (of 30) 30 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles 1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 16.540s / 92.93mph 2 Camren KAMINSKY / GBR JTR Mygale +0.861s 3 George BLUNDELL / GBR Enigma Mygale +11.316s 4 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +12.269s 5 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale +13.621s 6 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +14.349s etc Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Harrison Scott (GBR/Falcon Mygale). Fastest lap Cammish 45.722s / 95.10mph Est Rec