THREE TIMES THREE EQUALS NINE FOR CAMMISH & JTR
The Cammish band-wagon rolled on at Thruxton. photo: www.jakobebrey.com
Cammish capped another weekend of Dunlop MSA Formula Ford domination with another hat-trick clincher at Thruxton yesterday. It was not only Dan’s third Thruxton victory but also his ninth consecutive win of the season, and his impressive progress from pole position to chequered flag was accompanied by another new circuit lap record.
Cammish motored away from his rivals from the outset, leading by a second-and-a-half after the opening lap and by 7s at two-thirds distance. He throttled back towards the end to save stress to his JTR Mygale, but nonetheless was 10 seconds clear at the chequered flag.
The was only one moment when the Leeds 24-year-old’s progress to victory looked in doubt, and it came mid-race: “I almost fell off at the chicane,” said Dan. “I got a little sideways and hit the kerb on the way in. That woke me up a bit!”
Of his ninth win he added: “What can I say? My car is good, there’s no doubt about it, and that helps me. I have the experience and the skills to get away at the start, and control the races from there. The other guys are getting a little closer but at the moment they are still a bit of a way off. They will keep going and they will have the chance for some more testing between now and the next races. I’d like some competition – that’s what I came back for. I didn’t come back just to drive around in circles. That said, a win is a win and I am here for the championship.”
If Cammish’s success was predictable, the outcome of the other podium places was anything but. Jamun’s Juan Rosso swept into second at the start, past Harrison Scott’s Falcon Mygale, and with Andy Richardson’s Mygale in close attendance. Richardson, the star of round seven at Thruxton, was on mighty form and attacked his Argentinian rival to claim the position through Noble on the fifth lap.
The Lincolnshire man looked to have second in the bag but faltered on the penultimate lap. “I’m a little disappointed not to have got second in that race,” said Andy. “I had fuel surge going around Church and lost a bit of power. After that every time I turned left it would cut out. Going around the left into the Complex on the last lap it slowed again and Juan was able to pass me. If I had defended it would probably have ended in an accident. But in all it’s been a good weekend and I’m going to go home, enjoy the champagne and the rest of the bank holiday.” Richardson’s compensation was a second Scholarship class win of the weekend.
Rosso was delighted with his second successive second-place finish: “It was fun. My car was brilliant all the race, always holding the track well,” he said.
Scott held fourth place for the duration of the race, banking more valuable championship points to cement his second place overall in the championship and also to take the lead of the Scholarship Cup.
Another rookie, Sam Brabham, was fifth for JTR to equal his personal best. “It was good,” said the Henley-based 18-year-old . “I got quite a good start, picked a few off early. Then I made a few mistakes and lost a bit of time. Towards the end I had quite a lot of push through the quicker corners and all in all it was a good race and I’m pleased to be on the Scholarship podium.”
Fred Martin-Dye completed the top six in his SWB Sinter, ahead of Jamun’s Nico Maranzana and James Abbott in the Radical Sinter.
There were a number of casualties: Camren Kaminsky lost time at the start and was eventually forced to retire with damage caused by a clash of wheels with Martin-Dye, and George Blundell’s Enigma Mygale completed only six laps before pulling off. Lassi Halminen’s freshly installed engine proved too low on power for the Finn to continue beyond two laps, while the perennially unlucky newcomer David Wagner suffered car trouble even before the start.
The Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain teams have the luxury of a month to regroup before the next rounds, at Oulton Park in Cheshire.