Dan Cammish wins twice at Croft for JTR team and Mygale to beat Scott Malverns Formula Ford recordPodium finishes for Nico Maranzana, Juan Rosso and Harrison Scott
Dan Cammish is the new British Formula Ford record holder for the most number of consecutive race victories in a season. The 24-year-old from Leeds secured the record, previously held by Scott Malvern, thanks to wins yesterday afternoon at Croft in rounds 13 and 14 of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.
JTR Mygale driver Cammish won the first race from an unaccustomed second on the grid after Harrison Scott beat him to pole position for the first time this season, but restored normal order in race two with a pole-position-to-chequered-flag victory.
Round 13Luck played a hand in Cammishs win as there were startline dramas for pole-sitter Scott and an untypical error from Cammish on lap two from which he was fortunate to escape unscathed. Scotts problems began even before the lights: he stalled at the start of the green flag lap and got away dead last. Rules stipulate that in such a situation drivers are not permitted to overtake to regain their starting position; Harrison did just that and was duly penalised with a drive-through penalty.
Cammish made an excellent start from P2 to beat Scott to the first corner, Clervaux, but then threw away his advantage at the Complex when he mistimed his gearchange and slid wide across the grass. Scott pounced to lead for a lap before serving his penalty.
As Harrison headed for a slow drive down pit lane, rejoining last, Cammish swept back into the lead and, as his rivals behind squabbled over second position, Dan was able quickly to build a commanding lead. His victory advantage was 7.2s at the line.
Of his second-lap error, Cammish said: I blip the throttle on the downshift and I just sort of mistimed it a bit and actually drove myself on; I had to cut across the grass and lost the lead to Harrison. But I knew he was going to get a drive-through. The car is getting much better now; I thought I was doing myself a favour yesterday in testing by not trying new tyres, but maybe I shot myself in the foot. Weve tweaked the Mygale now and its much better than it was in qualifying.
Cammishs getaway was aided by new second-place man Andy Richardson, who went ahead of Jamuns Nico Maranzana on the opening lap. Maranzana took four laps to find a way past the Richardson Racing Mygale driver, staging a brilliant manoeuvre down Andys inside into Tower Bend. But with Cammish by now seven seconds in the clear, second was now the best that Maranzana could achieve.
Maranzana, who in addition to claiming his best-yet finish also claimed the Scholarship class honours, said: I really thank Jamun Racing because they have worked hard and my car now is a winning car.
Juan Rosso followed his countryman and team-mate past Richardson on lap nine at the hairpin to slot into third. Richardson tried to regain the position at the same corner on the final lap but instead lost three places as he was forced wide and on to the grass.
Falcon Motorsports Lassi Halminen and JTR men Camren Kaminsky and Sam Brabham all profited from Richardsons error to move into fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. For Halminen it was a strong comeback from a bout of flu which sidelined him from the Oulton Park races, and for Kaminsky it was a third successive top-five finish, underlining the young Americans improving confidence and pace.
Richardson recovered to seventh, with Scott battling back from the rear to eighth at the line. Sam MacLeod was the first of the three guest drivers to finish, taking ninth ahead of James Abbott.
Round 14It was another faultless display from Cammish, despite being pressured hard all the way to the chequered flag by Scott. Cammish was 3.4s ahead at the line, not his most commanding win but not his narrowest victory either. Its my record now, said Dan of his victory tally. It means a lot to me to break it - the fact that Scott held it spurred me on a bit. But I didnt come back into Formula Ford with the idea of winning 14 races in a row, I just wanted to win as many as I could and the championship. Cammishs next target is the overall record of 18 wins which Malvern claimed en route to the 2011 championship title.
There were podium smiles also from Scott, who started from P2 on the grid in the Falcon Motorsport Mygale and who did not put a wheel wrong during his pursuit. I think everyone can see how close we are to Dan now, and Im very happy with second place and the Scholarship class win, said Harrison.
Nico Maranzana held third in his Jamun Racing Mygale from the grid to the finish line to score his second podium of the day; the Argentinian was never more than a second behind Scott at any stage of the race.
The battle for fourth place was the highlight: Juan Rosso held sway initially, under pressure first from Camren Kaminsky and then from Lassi Halminen. But bearing down on them all was Jamuns South African charger Jayde Kruger, who started from the back of the grid after mechanical problems cut short his qualifying efforts.
Kruger diced his way into the top six by lap five, nipping past Kaminsky at the hairpin, and then got the better of a long battle with Halminen for fifth with a similar manoeuvre at the hairpin on lap eight. Halminen came back at him three laps later after a better exit from the chicane but then Jayde managed to dive up the inside of both Halminen and Rosso through the hairpin to secure a deserved fourth.
Halminen took advantage of Rosso also to claim fifth, with Sam Brabham battling race-long with James Abbott for seventh. Kaminsky lost time two laps from the end and dropped back to ninth, with local hero Rob Shield completing the top 10 in the SWB Sinter. Sam MacLeod and Wei Fung Thong joined Andy Richardson in retirement, Thong after coming a cropper at the hairpin as he battled with Kruger and Halminen.
Provisional resultsDunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great BritainRound 13 (of 30) 22 June 2013, Croft15 laps / 31.87 miles1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR (Leeds) JTR Mygale 20m 24.318s / 93.72mph2 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +7.234s3 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun Mygale +16.674s4 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +17.311s5 Camren KAMINSKY / USA JTR Mygale +17.701s6 Sam BRABHAM / GBR (Henley) JTR Mygale +18.163s etcScholarship class: 1 Maranzana; 2 Brabham; 3 Andy RICHARDSON / GBR (Grantham) Richardson MygaleFastest lap Harrison SCOTT / GBR (Althorne) Falcon Mygale 1m 20.458s / 95.08mph Est Rec
Round 14 / 15 laps / 31.87 miles1 CAMMISH 20m 19.859s / 94.06mph2 Harrison SCOTT / GBR (Althorne) Falcon Mygale +3.410s3 MARANZANA +4.927s4 Jayde KRUGER / RSA Jamun Mygale +15.912s5 HALMINEN +19.645s6 ROSSO +24.657s etc
Scholarship class: 1 Scott; 2 Maranzana; 3 BrabhamFastest lap Cammish 1m 20.519s / 95.00mph
Provisional championship standings1 Cammish 430 points; 2 Maranzana 287; 3 Scott 276; 4 Rosso 208; 5 Kaminsky 201; 6 Brabham 199 etcScholarship 1 Maranzana 225; 2 Scott 222; 3 Brabham 154; 4 Andy Richardson 89 etc
Next race 23 June Croft, live on ITV4 @ 1520