By Team Das Autosport
By Team Das Autosport
Excerpt taken from 5/22/19 article by EuroformulaOpen.net:
There were other star drives in Pau, besides Billy Monger’s. Fortec Motorsports’ Cameron Das finished eighth in the grand prix, despite staying on slick tyres throughout the wet race.
“Slicks was an agreed decision with the team before the race started,” Das said. “Could’ve gone in our favour, but it didn’t obviously. It was the hardest race I’ve ever had to do. I was inch-perfect everywhere, no mistakes, or else I would be in a wall. We didn’t have any crashes at Pau, which is an achievement in itself, and not a lot of other people can say that. So I’m really proud of that race.”
By Team Das Autosport
By Team Das Autosport
This weekend’s racing action in Barcelona will bring the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship to its conclusion for American racer Cameron Das. With 14 races down already, just two remain on the calendar this weekend as the 2016 F4 US Champion looks to round off the year in style following continued good form and pace in the past couple of rounds.
The 2018 Euroformula Open season started way back in April at the Estoril circuit and since that first minute on track, Das has used every lap to his advantage to gain valuable experience in the widely used Dallara chassis on a variety of Formula 1 spec circuits – including tracks currently on the calendar such as Silverstone, Hungary and Spa-Francorchamps. Since Estoril, Das has gone on to take an impressive four podiums, and 12 top six finishes – showing incredible consistency. Now, with just two races to go, Das is hoping to sign off his season in style.
The Spanish track, a popular venue on the Formula 1 calendar, features a variety of corners for Das to get to grips with. The talented American has already raced at the track in the past so will be using the two days of testing prior to the weekend to his advantage as he looks to refamiliarize himself and make an impression on the two qualifying sessions and races on offer over the weekend.
“Barcelona is a special track,” Das analysed the Catalonian circuit. “It has a wide array of different corners from technical chicanes to edgy sweepers and I find it to be one of the most enjoyable tracks on this year’s calendar to drive on. It also has a very long straight which presents a great overtaking opportunity.
“Currently, the weather looks a bit wet and less than ideal on Thursday and Friday for testing but I’m greatly looking forward to the racing in Barcelona no matter what the conditions. It’s always sad going in to the last race of the season, but at the same time it is a perfect opportunity to take the gloves off and fight for more good results.”
The timetable [local time] for Barcelona is as follows;
09.00 – 12.00 – Private test 1
14.10 – 15.00 – Private test 2
16.20 – 17.10 – Private test 3
09.00 – 09.40 – Free Practice 1
13.10 – 13.50 – Free Practice 2
10.25 – 10.55 – Qualifying 1
14.40 – Race 1 (17 laps)
09.40 – 10.10 – Qualifying 2
13.15 – Race 2 (17 laps)
By Team Das Autosport
Jerez provided a somewhat processional weekend of on-track action for Cameron Das, and the entire field, as the penultimate round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship wrapped up in Spain. Due to the nature of the Spanish track qualifying became all-important with the races proving extremely difficult to gain positions in. However, Das can still be pleased to walk way from the weekend knowing he had strong pace throughout while also picking up points in both races on offer including a great fourth position in the final race on Sunday afternoon.
Starting the weekend in style the talented American was on the pace from the word go. Three 30-minute practice sessions on Friday saw the 2016 F4 USA Champion top the first session and set the second quickest time later in the day – ending overall with the second fastest time marking a good start to the weekend showing strong pace from the offset.
The first qualifying session on Saturday morning saw track limits become the major talking point – Das, making sure to keep out of trouble, looked strong but was unable to capitalise and convert the form from the previous day leading to a third row starting position of sixth on the grid.
As the lights went out, Das enjoyed a solid getaway but soon found himself stuck in a train of cars and unable to make an impression on the race. A relatively uneventful 18-lap showing developed with Das crossing the line in sixth – still managing to pick up a good haul of points though.
Ready to do it all again on Sunday, Das was quick out of the blocks in second qualifying. Topping the session early, he was keen to show his pace from the start and remained a front runner during his opening stint. The talented American continued to show good form after pitting for a fresh set of tires and was battling for the top three positions throughout the opening half of the 30-minute shoot-out. However, in the second half the tension grew further with everyone vying for pole. Fighting well, and once again respecting the track limits, he qualified well in fourth to take a great second-row start.
Race two saw Das get another good start as he made his way to the first corner, but sadly the issue remained the same; overtaking was next to impossible. Nose-to-tail throughout, Das was unable to find an opportunity to force a move which led to another race following the gearbox of the car ahead for 18 laps. Crossing the line in fourth Das concluded his weekend with further points to add to his championship tally where he currently sits fifth overall.
“We were very strong initially in practice here in Jerez,” Das reflected. “In the first qualifying, we struggled a bit more than we expected so we started sixth for race one. Unfortunately, the race was processional from turn one right up until the checkered flag. The entire race, I was on the tail of the two cars in front, but it was impossible to overcome the aero wash produced by the cars ahead.
“On Sunday, we improved our qualifying performance to go fourth – only .04s off third. But, like the first race of the weekend, I was locked on to the car in front all race long and no opportunities to overtake arose.”
Das will now have a short break before the season finale takes place in Barcelona on 20th-21stOctober.
By Team Das Autosport
This weekend will mark the penultimate round of the Euroformula Open Championship for Cameron Das who dives head first towards round seven in Spain with high hopes and aspirations following an additional two podiums added to his tally from the past two rounds. The talented 18-year-old American racer will be back in his Carlin Dallara car on Friday morning for Free Practice before taking on the challenges of two qualifying sessions and two intense races over the course of the weekend.
Last time out in Monza Das once again picked up an impressive result in the final race of the weekend seeing him take to the podium following a hard-fought race full of battles and great defending. Carving his way through the field, the 2016 F4 USA Champion picked up fantastic points for third place; making up for the previous day which led to him suffering innocent contact and irreparable damage to his car.
Looking for two consistent races this weekend, Das will be taking on the Jerez circuit in southern Spain for the penultimate round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship. At 2.751 miles the Circuito de Jerez consists of 13 turns where once again qualifying will be crucial – however unlike the previous round at Monza, slip-streaming will be less of a factor so pace should win out over on-track antics; making for an exciting prospect.
With four podiums to his name this season (achieved at Estoril, Paul Ricard, Silverstone and Monza) and a total of ten top-six finishes, Das can certainly consider the year so far a strong showing. Aiming now to continue his consistent point scoring ability and fantastic race pace, he focuses on cutting the gap to the drivers ahead of him in the championship standings where he currently lies fifth overall.
Looking ahead to the weekend Das said, “We’ve had a few podiums straight away after the summer break, so I’m looking to continue that good form in Jerez, with the aim being to reel in a top three finish in the championship.
“Jerez is an interesting place. It has some of the highest tire degradation of any track I’ve been to, and temperature greatly affects lap time. It has lots of run-off and smooth curbs so there is a lot of opportunity to find time in racing line optimization. Also, due to the nature of the corners, there aren’t many overtaking opportunities; qualifying will be everything this weekend.”
The schedule for the seventh round of the season (local time) is as follows;
10.00 – 10.30 – Free Practice 1
11.30 – 12.00 – Free Practice 2
13.55 – 14.25 – Free Practice 3
10.40 – 11.10 – Qualifying 1
14.15 – Race 1 (18 laps)
10.00 – 10.30 – Qualifying 2
14.15 – Race 2 (18 laps)
By Team Das Autosport
It was a frustrating but rewarding weekend for Cameron Das in Monza as the sixth round of the Euroformula Open Championship took place in Italy. Strong pace in practice was replaced with tactics all around him in qualifying which left Das stuck in traffic and unable to get a proper representative lap on the board. As a result, the 18-year-old found himself lining up on the grid out of position for both races with it all to do. Despite pushing hard, Das was taken out of the first race however he more than made up for it on Sunday with a storming drive to take another great podium position – his fourth of the season so far.
Thursday and Friday before the weekend properly got underway gave Das the opportunity to hone his skills around the so-called Temple of Speed. Enjoying the hours of testing behind the wheel the talented American was on the pace and looking good ahead of the weekend.
However qualifying on Saturday morning was a completely different prospect. As is often the case, traffic built up around the 3.6-mile circuit as every single driver looked to take advantage of the slip stream effect. Instead of lap after lap of competitive times, drivers slowed and bunched together; desperate for an advantage without giving an edge to their rivals. Unfortunately, this traffic coupled with a gearbox issue throughout the session, left Das unable to make an impression and meant he qualified in tenth.
In the race, Das’ luck failed to turn around. Despite a solid start he found himself squeezed tighter and tighter between two cars at the first corner during the second lap which caused contact and sent him off track with damage to his car, unable to continue.
Sunday provided the opportunity to do it all over again. Das fought well to find a gap and remove himself from the tactics on track but was once again at a disadvantage with the traffic. This meant that for the final race of the weekend, he lined up in sixth.
Looking to end the weekend on a high Das got a solid start but dropped a position following an incident ahead of him at turn one. From there, he continued to push hard in seventh position before a safety car came out on track to deal with a collision between his Carlin team mate Dev Gore and Aldo Festante.
A few laps later, Das began his charge in earnest and had taken position from Matheus Iorio as the pair carved their way through the field, avoiding incidents around them. Swapping positions multiple times in the final laps, Das made it up to third, the final spot on the podium, before his team mate Iorio stole it back.
As it was, the pair continued their battle right up until the checkered flag fell with Das brilliantly coming out on top and adding another podium to his season tally as he walked on to the third step of the rostrum.
Das reflected on the weekend, “I think we recovered as a team well on Sunday. On Saturday, we had a gearbox issue, so I had to start at the back for Race One. To make matters worse, I was sandwiched between two cars on the second lap which critically damaged my front suspension.
“On Sunday morning, we got unlucky with track position during the last two minutes of qualifying, but despite not having any sort of a tow we were sixth fastest. For the race, I was in a bit of survival mode for the first two or three laps, but I knew my strong pace would allow me to proceed ahead if I was patient. After working with my teammate, Matheus [Iorio], we picked off cars in between us and I eventually overtook Matheus and defended the podium position from him for the last two laps.
“I’m actually really happy with how we recovered as a team. I think we will be a force to be reckoned with in Jerez in a few weeks’ time.”
Das will take to the track for the penultimate round of the championship in Jerez at the beginning of October.
By Team Das Autosport
With the season back underway in earnest Cameron Das will return to the cockpit and launch in to action this weekend as the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship makes its way to Monza, Italy, for the sixth round of the year. Das, coming in to the weekend off the back of a podium last time out at Silverstone, returns to a circuit he knows and considers to be a “favorite on this year’s calendar.”
With history all around the Italian track is legendary for the battles it has seen over the years, the atmosphere it provides thanks to the passionate fans as well as the iconic and challenging corners. A dream for slip-streaming, Monza often delivers the chance for exciting overtaking which can be fewer and far between at other tracks – as a result, the nose to tail action leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.
Das, who has raced at the 3.6-mile circuit in the past knows this all too well. Last year, in only his second Euroformula Open race weekend, the talented American racer fought well to secure two top ten finishes enjoying multiple fights for position along the way. The busy nature of the track means keeping focused throughout the weekend is essential; driving well to gain a slip-stream during the all-important qualifying, while not giving the advantage away to a competitor behind, can often become one of the biggest challenges of the weekend.
Monza will also provide an additional day of testing for Das with Thursday being used to work through what will no doubt be a busy but constructive test plan over the course of the five hours on offer.
Last time out at Silverstone Das drove well to return to the podium following a brilliant defensive drive in the final race of the weekend. Standing back on the podium Das now intends to add to his achievements from the 2018 season so far which total an impressive nine top-six finishes including three podiums and a fastest lap to see him sit fifth overall in the championship classification.
“Monza is one of my favorites on this year’s calendar,” Das said about the upcoming round. “I had the chance to race there last year which will serve me well for this weekend. It’s a circuit that is amazing to race on – I didn’t have a single dull lap in either of the races last year, so hopefully the case will be the same for this one.
“Running low downforce is a completely different feeling, so maximizing the practice time provided on Thursday and Friday will be crucial.”
The full weekend schedule is as follows (local times):
09:00 – 12:30 – Testing 1
13:30 – 14:15 – Testing 2
15:35 – 16:20 – Testing 3
10:10 – 10:45 – Free Practice 1
13:55 – 14:30 – Free Practice 2
10:25 – 10:55 – Qualifying 1
14:45 – Race 1 (16 laps)
09:00 – 09:30 – Qualifying 2
13:15 – Race 2 (16 laps)