- Dan takes a 12-second victory, his sixth of the season, for JTR
- Maranzana loses second to his team-mate Rosso on the final lap, but claims Scholarship honours
21 April, 2013 – Dan Cammish saved his best until last at Donington Park this afternoon, the Leeds driver romping home to his sixth win from six starts by his biggest victory margin of the season so far. Dan’s JTR-prepared EcoBoost Mygale crossed the line 12 seconds clear of its closest pursuer after another copybook performance.
As with all five of Dan’s previous victories it was a pole position to chequered flag affair, and Cammish was delighted with a weekend’s work which puts him 55 points ahead in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship table.
“It’s been really good, fantastic,” he said. “Three poles, three wins – three quite dominant wins in the end. The whole idea of coming back to Formula Ford was to get my name back out there, to do the best possible job that I can for myself and for the team, and see where life takes me after that. So far, so good. My great start to the season is not just down to me, it’s thanks to the team, my sponsors, everyone helping.”
Cammish never came under threat. Jamun’s Nico Maranzana made a great getaway from the front row of the grid to take up the running in second, but by the end of the opening lap Dan was 1.5s clear and speeding away. Maranzana also enjoyed a lonely race, but was robbed of a certain second on the final lap when fuel-surge problems struck and his team-mate and countryman Juan Rosso was able to take advantage.
“I had no power,” said Nico. “It was the fuel… It was a shame. I had a good start, and that’s important for me as I learn how to do them, after that I was going well. One day I will be able to catch Dan – I am working hard for that.” Maranzana held on to third place at the flag, and with it victory in the Scholarship Cup division.
Luke Williams made it a Jamun 2-3-4 after battling through the field, and surviving a fourth-lap collision with Lassi Halminen which resulted in the Finn spinning off into the Redgate gravel. Williams lost time in the incident also and had to do it all again, lifting fourth from Harrison Scott at Hollywood mid-distance after Falcon man Scott had defended well for two laps.
“That was a bit better,” said Thirsk driver Williams, who lost many laps of the morning race with technical problems. “I got held up for a long time by Halminen and Scott, and I had a lot of understeer, as well as a lack of speed down the straights. I’m really struggling.”
Scott claimed fifth at the flag ahead of impressive championship debutant Sam Brabham (JTR) and James Abbott, who was looking much more at home at the wheel of the Radical Sinter and who passed the similar chassis of Fred Martin-Dye at Redgate near the end. “We’ve made a bit of a step forward,” said James.
George Blundell lost time with a spin at Coppice but came back to pass Martin-Dye on the final lap for eighth, with Andy Richardson completing the top 10 in his Richardson Racing Mygale. Camren Kaminsky pulled out just after half distance with car trouble to put the tin lid on what proved to be a miserable Donington weekend for the American.
Cammish and his challengers will be back on track in a fortnight’s time at Thruxton, the UK’s fastest circuit.
Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
Round 6 (of 30) 21 April 2013, Donington Park
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 20m 10.667s / 105.92mph
2 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +12.030s
3 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun/Mygale +15.037s
4 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun/Mygale +15.311s
5 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +16.858s
6 Sam BRABHAM / GBR/Henley JTR/Mygale +22.619s etc
Scholarship class 1 Maranzana, 2 Scott, 3 Brabham
Fastest lap Cammish 1m 06.543s / 107.06mph