- Cammish maintains his championship lead and unbroken run of victories
- Harrison Scott & Lassi Halminen make the podium for the first time for Falcon Motorsport
- Sam Brabham stars on his car-racing debut to claim fifth place
20 April, 2013 – Dan Cammish sailed to his fourth race victory of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship season at Donington Park this afternoon, leading all the way from pole position to chequered flag, just as he did in last month’s season-opening Brands Hatch races.
Cammish crossed the line 3.2s clear of his pursuers; they might have been closer to the JTR driver but spent the race battling among each other and providing great entertainment for a Donington crowd enjoying the sunny Saturday weather. “I managed to get away at the start,” said Dan, “and my plan was to use the speed of the JTR Mygale to make a break, and then just let them fight behind me, which is what they did. My car was great and the team have done a superb job to get it right after the problems we had in testing on Thursday.”
It was the Jamun Mygales of Argentine duo Nico Maranzana and Juan Rosso who gave chase to Cammish initially, Rosso making his championship debut after missing the Brands races with a hand injury. He found a way past his team-mate for second on the fifth lap but erred a lap later and handed the place back to his countryman. To add insult to injury, Rosso lost third to Falcon’s impressive newcomer Scott Harrison in the process. “It was my fault,” said Juan, “my error… I won’t make the same mistake tomorrow.”
Second-placed Maranzana held off Scott for four laps but, his brakes and tyres fading, was unable to resist Harrison’s pressure through McLeans on lap 10. The Essex driver had no hope by this stage of catching Cammish and instead concentrated his efforts on maintaining second to the chequered flag to collect his maiden podium finish and Scholarship Cup victory. “That was a great race,” said Harrison. “My first podium and it means a lot. The team did a great job for me.”
Rosso and Lassi Halminen followed Scott’s example to demote Maranzana to fifth, with Halminen securing third on the penultimate lap with a brave move on Juan’s car through the Old Hairpin. “Rosso made a mistake and I saw that,” said Lassi, “so even though I was on the grass at the Old Hairpin at the time I decided to go for it.”
After a slow getaway from the line due to missing first gear, Sam Brabham was soon into his stride on his car-racing debut. He made the top six by lap nine and snatched fifth away from Maranzana two laps later. But for an error at McLeans on lap 15, where he lost time with a well-saved slide, he might have liberated fourth from Rosso before the end.
“I didn’t make a great start,” said Sam, who is the son of Le Mans winner David Brabham and grandson of three-time World Champion Sir Jack, “but after that I was able to pick my way through and catch up the leading pack. Then I lost the rear of the car and Nico got past me, but I was able to repass him on the last lap. It’s a very pleasing result for my first time.”
Luke Williams’ handling struggles from qualifying continued into the race, the Yorkshireman finishing seventh behind Maranzana, with George Blundell eighth ahead of James Abbott’s Sinter, Camren Kaminsky, who was suffering gearbox and engine woes, and Fred Martin-Dye, whose debut run in the SWB Sinter was delayed by a drive-through penalty for an out-of-position start.
Andy Richardson was similarly penalised and retired from the race after 11 laps, losing power and oil.
Cammish will start both of tomorrow’s Donington races – the last of which is to be screened live on ITV4 – from pole position again.
Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
Round 4 (of 30) 20 April 2013, Donington Park
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR/Leeds JTR/Mygale 20m 14.875s / 105.56mph
2 Harrison SCOTT / GBR/Althorne Falcon/Mygale +3.235s
3 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon/Mygale +4.490s
4 Juan ROSSO / ARG Jamun/Mygale +6.361s
5 Sam BRABHAM / GBR/Henley JTR/Mygale +10.062s
6 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun/Mygale +10.284s etc
Scholarship class 1 Scott; 2 Brabham; 3 Maranzana
Fastest lap Cammish, 1m 06.151s/107.70mph Est Rec