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POINTS DESPITE TWO NOSE-TO-TAIL RACES IN SPAIN

By Team Das Autosport

POINTS DESPITE TWO NOSE-TO-TAIL RACES IN SPAIN

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.

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DAS AIMING FOR FURTHER PODIUMS IN JEREZ

By Team Das Autosport

DAS AIMING FOR FURTHER PODIUMS IN JEREZ

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;

Friday

10.00 – 10.30 – Free Practice 1
11.30 – 12.00 – Free Practice 2
13.55 – 14.25 – Free Practice 3

Saturday

10.40 – 11.10 – Qualifying 1
14.15 – Race 1 (18 laps)

Sunday

10.00 – 10.30 – Qualifying 2
14.15 – Race 2 (18 laps)

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Podium visit rounds off a challenging weekend

By Team Das Autosport

Podium visit rounds off a challenging weekend

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.

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Magnificent Monza around the corner for Das

By Team Das Autosport

Magnificent Monza around the corner for Das

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):

Thursday:
09:00 – 12:30 – Testing 1
13:30 – 14:15 – Testing 2
15:35 – 16:20 – Testing 3

Friday:
10:10 – 10:45 – Free Practice 1
13:55 – 14:30 – Free Practice 2

Saturday:
10:25 – 10:55 – Qualifying 1
14:45 – Race 1 (16 laps)

Sunday:
09:00 – 09:30 – Qualifying 2
13:15 – Race 2 (16 laps)

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DAS BLASTS BACK TO THE PODIUM AFTER MID-SEASON BREAK

By Team Das Autosport

DAS BLASTS BACK TO THE PODIUM AFTER MID-SEASON BREAK

Cameron Das has cemented his speed at Silverstone with a fantastic podium position in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone as the Euroformula Open Championship returned from a long two-month summer break. Showing clear, strong speed on Friday during testing, Das later endured a challenging Saturday with little overtaking opportunities available during the race. However, the 18-year-old more than made up for it on Sunday with a second row start, brilliant getaway and great third place podium position.

After nearly two months away from racing action the sound of engines firing up on Friday was a welcome relief and despite a somewhat short test period, consisting of only two sessions, Das made the most of the 80 minutes he had in his Carlin Dallara car. Finishing as the second fastest driver during the morning session, and fifth overall at the end of the day, Das was in good spirits going in to qualifying on Saturday morning.

As it was, Saturday provided frustrations instead with Das unable to prove his potential; after a hard fought 30-minute session, Das posted the sixth fastest time to set his starting position for the opening race of the weekend. But Silverstone remained true to its reputation as being a notoriously difficult track in which to overtake and provided a relatively uneventful race for the 2016 F4 USA Champion who found himself unfortunately unable to gain much of an advantage; eventually taking the flag in sixth.

A full reset for Sunday meant another frantic fight for position during qualifying. Dealing with the pressure well Das pushed hard throughout and brought his car home in third position to secure a strong second row start ahead of the all-important afternoon race.

As the lights went out at a warm and sunny Silverstone, Das blasted off the line brilliantly to hold third position as the field streamed through the famous Maggots Becketts complex. He came under some pressure from Marcus Siebert but was able to make his Euroformula Open car as wide as possible over the next few laps – keeping the Campos driver nicely behind him and positioning himself inch perfectly. The tense dual continued for the remainder of the race as the pair seemed tied together at points with Das pulling a lead over his rival before the gap closed in once again. Dealing with the pressure well, Das drove a calm and smooth race in the closing laps to take the flag in third place – going down in the history books by securing the 1000th podium for his Carlin team.

Das said of the weekend, “I had a decent start off the line and was able to hold Marcus [Siebert] back through Maggots and Becketts and then it seemed like it was quite tough for him to keep up with me, so I was able to make a gap from there. He then came right back at me and had better pace in the middle part of the race, so I had to do quite a bit of defending but our pace was still very good.

“It’s great to be back on the podium again – it’s been a couple of rounds but it’s definitely where we deserve to be and I’m now aiming for the next goal which is getting on the top step. Two months has been a long time away from the car but it’s good to be back, get straight back on the pace and come away with a positive result.”

With a great result in the bag Das focuses his attention on the upcoming round at Monza towards the end of the month.

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Silverstone restarts Euroformula Open season for Das

By Team Das Autosport

Silverstone restarts Euroformula Open season for Das

After a lengthy break in the calendar Cameron Das will be back behind the wheel of his Euroformula Open car as the 2018 season roars back in to action at Silverstone this weekend. After almost two months away from racing action Das will dust off his Carlin race suit, return to the cockpit and get ready to race once again as battle recommences in the challenging and competitive series.

In the four race weekends so far this season, Das has come tantalisingly close to his first race victory in the championship. Solid qualifying sessions and race pace has led to two podiums, a fastest racing lap, and five top five finishes out of eight races, with the opportunities for further success heightened as he begins to return to circuits he has previously raced at in the past. His strong form means that he currently sits fifth in the championship standings with four rounds left to compete in this season after a consistent showing up to date.

Up next, Das will take on the challenges of Silverstone – known as the home of British motorsport. Its world-famous complex of thrilling corners such as Maggots and Becketts, as well as the brilliantly fast Stowe corner which follows the Hangar straight, make sure that the Silverstone GP circuit is regarded as one of the best events on the calendar. Das already has experience around the 5.891km track after appearances last season in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship as well as his debut race in the Euroformula Open Championship one year ago.

18-year-old Das has used the break in the year to return to his home in Baltimore, all the while continuing his fitness and training regime to ensure he comes back to the 2018 season in the same strong form he has shown throughout the previous eight races. Silverstone this weekend will kickstart the action before he heads to Monza later in the month followed by Jerez and the season finale at Barcelona in October.

Das said of the upcoming weekend, “Silverstone is just one of those tracks you always look forward to. It’s Carlin’s home GP and in a sense mine as well since I’ve lived in England almost two years now.

“The track has a plethora of corners and variation between them; it hosts some of the best high-speed corners in motor sports. This year will be particularly difficult with the new surface that is incredibly bumpy and prone to collecting water in inclement weather, so it will be a learning curve for sure but I’m excited for the challenge.”

As ever, both qualifying sessions and races will be streamed live on YouTube which can be accessed via the official website www.euroformulaopen.net

The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday 31st August

09.00 – 09.40 Free Practice 1
13.47 – 14.27 Free Practice 2

Saturday 1st September

09.45 – 10.15 Qualifying 1
14.15 (35 minutes) Race 1

Sunday 2nd September

09.00 – 09.30 Qualifying 2
12.45 (35 minutes) Race 2

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Two top five finishes mark solid weekend in Budapest for Das

By Team Das Autosport

Two top five finishes mark solid weekend in Budapest for Das

After a lengthy break in the calendar Cameron Das will be back behind the wheel of his Euroformula Open car as the 2018 season roars back in to action at Silverstone this weekend. After almost two months away from racing action Das will dust off his Carlin race suit, return to the cockpit and get ready to race once again as battle recommences in the challenging and competitive series.

In the four race weekends so far this season, Das has come tantalisingly close to his first race victory in the championship. Solid qualifying sessions and race pace has led to two podiums, a fastest racing lap, and five top five finishes out of eight races, with the opportunities for further success heightened as he begins to return to circuits he has previously raced at in the past. His strong form means that he currently sits fifth in the championship standings with four rounds left to compete in this season after a consistent showing up to date.

Up next, Das will take on the challenges of Silverstone – known as the home of British motorsport. Its world-famous complex of thrilling corners such as Maggots and Becketts, as well as the brilliantly fast Stowe corner which follows the Hangar straight, make sure that the Silverstone GP circuit is regarded as one of the best events on the calendar. Das already has experience around the 5.891km track after appearances last season in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship as well as his debut race in the Euroformula Open Championship one year ago.

18-year-old Das has used the break in the year to return to his home in Baltimore, all the while continuing his fitness and training regime to ensure he comes back to the 2018 season in the same strong form he has shown throughout the previous eight races. Silverstone this weekend will kickstart the action before he heads to Monza later in the month followed by Jerez and the season finale at Barcelona in October.

Das said of the upcoming weekend, “Silverstone is just one of those tracks you always look forward to. It’s Carlin’s home GP and in a sense mine as well since I’ve lived in England almost two years now.

“The track has a plethora of corners and variation between them; it hosts some of the best high-speed corners in motor sports. This year will be particularly difficult with the new surface that is incredibly bumpy and prone to collecting water in inclement weather, so it will be a learning curve for sure but I’m excited for the challenge.”

As ever, both qualifying sessions and races will be streamed live on YouTube which can be accessed via the official website www.euroformulaopen.net

The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday 31st August

09.00 – 09.40 Free Practice 1
13.47 – 14.27 Free Practice 2

Saturday 1st September

09.45 – 10.15 Qualifying 1
14.15 (35 minutes) Race 1

Sunday 2nd September

09.00 – 09.30 Qualifying 2
12.45 (35 minutes) Race 2

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Budapest marks season mid-point for Das

By Team Das Autosport

Budapest marks season mid-point for Das

Budapest, the buzzing capital city of Hungary, will mark the halfway point of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship for talented racer Cameron Das this weekend. With three rounds already complete in Estoril, Paul Ricard and Spa, American racer Das now looks ahead to another brand-new circuit to tame in his Carlin-Dallara as he travels to Hungary for two more fast and exciting races.

Das has enjoyed a solid start to his first full season in the competitive Euroformula Open Championship field. The 2016 F4 US Champion has already taken two podiums and a fastest racing lap but has also endured bad luck; most recently at the previous round at Spa. While looking likely to clinch a maiden race win, the victory was cruelly stolen away from him when a fellow competitor tapped him sideways and ultimately into the barriers – ending what had been an impressive and assured drive.

Das has well and truly put the heartbreak behind him to turn his thoughts and ambitions towards the Budapest round – often described as being like ‘Monaco without the barriers.’ The circuit, known for being somewhat tricky to overtake on, is placed just outside of the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Often drawing a great crowd from the city centre and surrounding areas the event also provides tight battles in the Euroformula Open series – from strong charges down to the first corner as the lights extinguish to nose-to-tail action through the subsequent turns, the Hungaroring will no doubt provide another great show this weekend.

Das, who is yet to visit the Hungarian track, said of the upcoming weekend, “This weekend will be my first time in Budapest. I’ve heard so many great things about the track and the city itself, so it’s definitely one of the rounds I’ve looked forward to the most this year. The track is one of the shorter ones on the calendar, but it hosts a lot of varying corner types, so I think it will suit our setup quite well. It’s quite a technical track which is something that has suited my abilities in the past.

“The halfway point of the season is almost upon us, and I’m content with what I’ve accomplished so far. The points are very close at the top, so I know that it could only take one or two races to be in second or third position in the championship at this point. I think I showed what I was truly capable at Spa, so I greatly look forward to doing that again in Hungary.”

This weekend will feature an additional day of testing on Thursday which will fully maximise the amount of track time that the 18-year-old will have in which to get nicely up to speed as he takes on the Hungaroring for the very first time. The full timetable for the upcoming weekend is as follows:

Event timetable (local time):

Thursday:

09:00 – 12:00 Private test 1
13:30 – 14:25 Private test 2
15:30 – 16:25 Private test 3

Friday:  
10:10 – 10:40 Free Practice 1
14:10 – 14:40 Free Practice 2
16:40 – 17:10 Free Practice 3

Saturday:

10:40 – 11:10 Qualifying 1
14:40 (17 laps) Race 1

Sunday:

09:00 – 09:30 Qualifying 2
13:10 (17 laps) Race 2

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