Dan Cammish capped a perfect weekend at Brands Hatch this evening by clinching his third win of the opening weekend of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain season. As in races one and two, the Leeds-based JTR driver led from pole position to chequered flag in his EcoBoost Mygale.
Dan exits Brands Hatch with a 27-point series lead and a beaming smile. “This is about as good as it gets,” said Cammish. “It’s something I may never experience again in my career; I’ve topped every practice, led every lap… It’s unbelievable really. I thought I had it in me, I was confident, but I didn’t really dare hope it would all go that well. The car was fantastic, and all thanks to JTR for that.”
Luke Williams put his mechanical woes from round two behind him to slot into second ahead of JTR man Camren Kaminsky on lap three. He closed down Cammish’s lead from 4.8 seconds to 2.8 by the chequered flag, and was pleased to make the podium for the first time this weekend.
“Got there finally,” said the Sowerby-based Jamun driver. “In the first race I had tyre issues, in the second my alternator failed, so I was determined to make it in the third. It’s been a poor start to my season, and we needed the points. I don’t really think I could have caught Dan.”
Kaminsky took third, his second podium of the weekend, finishing 2.8s clear of Scholarship class victor Nico Maranzana. Nico was involved in an opening-lap tangle with his Jamun team-mate Scott Malvern from which he was lucky to emerge without lost time. Malvern spun to the back.
“I’m not entirely sure what happened,” said Scott. “I think one of my team-mates may have been slightly ambitious on the brakes, so that was the end of my race really. Once that happens, you just hope for a safety car or you turn it into a test session and, seeing as we’ve been struggling this week, we thought we’d test and see what we could do. When things like that happen there’s not a lot you can do really.”
There were no mistakes this time from Falcon man Lassi Halminen, who secured fifth, with Autosport journo Ben Anderson (Jamun) getting the better of a long duel with George Blundell (Enigma) to take sixth. Malvern battled back from dead last to eighth, posting fastest lap along the way.
Harrison Scott capped an impressive debut weekend for Falcon with another top-10 finish, this time ninth, ahead of his team-mate Neil Winn, the Sinter of James Abbott and the Richardson Racing Mygale of Andy Richardson.
Winn was philosophical about his weekend: “The car was much better in that race but we still have work to do on simple things like seat fitting. I think we should have it sorted for the next round. I’m not sure we’ve fully cured our tyre issues. I think as we go into the season and temperatures rise then people will have fewer problems. We’ve certainly got into a better position with tyre management.”
Provisional results Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
Round 3 (of 30) 31 March 2013, Brands Hatch Indy 26 laps / 31.40 miles
1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR JTR Mygale 20m 11.008s / 93.36mph
2 Luke WILLIAMS / GBR Jamun Mygale +2.779s
3 Camren KAMINSKY / GBR JTR Mygale +9.835s
4 Nico MARANZANA / ARG Jamun Mygale +11.565s
5 Lassi HALMINEN / FIN Falcon Mygale +14.386s
6 Ben ANDERSON / GBR Jamun Mygale +18.712s
Fastest lap Scott Malvern (GBR/Jamun Mygale) 45.887s / 94.76mph