- Another pole-to-flag victory for JTR and Cammish
- Juan Rosso takes second and Harrison Scott third place and the Scholarship spoils
21 April, 2013 – Dan Cammish kept to his well-worn script this morning at Donington Park, cantering to victory yet again in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship in his JTR Mygale to collect win number five of what is proving to be a stellar season for the Leeds 24-year-old.
Dan led from pole to chequered flag, as is becoming customary, this time notching up a 5.6s advantage at the line. “It’s all good, especially the car,” said Cammish, whose championship lead now stands at 48 points. “Do I want some competition? No, I’m quite happy doing it this way; you never get bored of winning. I know that the others will get there eventually and close the gap, but until they do I am happy.”
Again there was an entertaining battle for the remaining podium positions which was not settled until near the end of the race. The Falcon Motorsport Mygales of Harrison Scott and Lassi Halminen made superb getaways from third and fourth on the grid to slot past Jamun’s Nico Maranzana at the start, and rookie racer Scott, 17, held second place all the way until two laps from home, when his more experienced Argentinian rival, Juan Rosso (Jamun), launched an attack at Schwantz curve which he managed to make stick around the outside at McLeans to secure second place and his first podium of the season.
Said Essex-based Scott, who placed third and won the Scholarship Cup class: “Rosso put up a good fight towards the end. I managed to keep him behind me for two laps but I destroyed my tyres doing so and lost a lot of grip. But this is only my second weekend of car racing and it’s my second podium so I am not disappointed.”
“It was an interesting race,” said Rosso. “The start was nice, the car was perfect. I made it up to third and thought ‘OK, I stay here…’ but after that I thought maybe I could try for second, so I did, although my tyres were not so good by then.”
Maranzana battled back from a second lap error, which saw him drop to ninth, to deprive Halminen of fourth place two laps from the end, Lassi another suffering from over-used tyres. George Blundell completed the top six for Enigma Motorsport, ahead of Sam Brabham’s JTR car and Brabham’s team-mate Camren Kaminsky, who lost a lot of ground on the opening lap when he was squeezed on to the grass and hit an adverting hoarding for championship title sponsor Dunlop. James Abbott’s Radical-run Sinter was the only other finisher, in ninth.
The other Sinter, driven by Fred Martin-Dye, enjoyed a great run up to fourth in the opening laps but Fred missed his braking at the chicane and hit the tyre wall on lap five. He was joined in retirement by Luke Williams and Andy Richardson. Williams lost several laps in the pits with technical issues but was able to go out on track once again to set fastest lap, and with it a solitary championship point.
Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
Round 5 (of 30) 21 April 2013, Donington Park
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 20m 25.176s / 104.67mph
2 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +5.606s
3 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +5.977s
4 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun/Mygale +7.528s
5 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon/Mygale +9.106s
6 George BLUNDELL / GBR/Grays Enigma/Mygale +13.520s etc
Scholarship class 1 Scott, 2 Maranzana, 3 Sam BRABHAM / GBR/Henley JTR/Mygale
Fastest lap Luke WILLIAMS / GBR/Thirsk Jamun/Mygale 1m 06.621s / 106.94mph