This weekend will see Cameron Das take on the second round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship in the south of France as he looks ahead to the challenges of the Paul Ricard track. The circuit has already been a strong hunting ground for Das who gained a Winter Series podium in the pre-season event in anticipation of his championship campaign. Das now returns to Paul Ricard looking to continue his form following a further podium last month during the opening round of the season in Estoril which sees him currently fourth in the overall standings.
The Paul Ricard circuit, making its return to the FIA Formula 1 calendar later this year, is a 15 turn, 3.6-mile affair for Das to contend with. With its brightly coloured run-off areas the track produces great racing and is a circuit with which the Baltimore native already has a good relationship. Das returns to Paul Ricard having taken part in a Winter Series event with his Carlin team in March which resulted in a brilliant podium finish – incidentally holding the honour of securing the first podium for the team of the season. While this event was not part of the competitive 2018 race season, Das will no doubt endeavour to replicate this feat as he returns to the European circuit for the second time this year.
Das followed this fantastic result with a great opening round in Estoril last month; working well with his engineer to get valuable information during the pre-event testing, Das got to grips with the unfamiliar track in characteristic strong fashion and was quickly marked as a contender. Taking a storming podium position in the opening race, Das went on to show consistency with his point scoring which has left him fourth in the overall standings – well and truly in the mix.
Looking ahead to the second round of the competitive Championship, 2016 F4 US Champion Das said, “I’m very much looking forward to Paul Ricard this weekend. We had the Winter Series there a few months ago where it was literally snowing at some points but it was still an incredibly valuable test. This weekend should be completely different condition-wise, and we’ve learned quite a few things from Estoril which we can look to apply here. It’s a long track with a lot of interesting parts so it should throw up a couple of exciting races out there!”
Das will have the first chance to take to the track on Thursday morning with a busy day of testing to look forward to before two further practice sessions await him on Friday. Saturday will consist of a morning qualifying followed by an afternoon race while Sunday will offer the chance to qualify and race again.
Live timing for all sessions can be followed on the Euroformula Open website (www.euroformulaopen.net) and qualifying/races will be broadcast live on the Championship’s official YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/EuroFormulaOpen