Dan Cammish maintained his 100 per cent winning record in 2013 with a dominant victory in the first of the weekend’s three Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship races at Donington Park on Saturday afternoon.
The JTR driver claimed pole position earlier in the morning by a comfortable 0.790 second gap, and lead the first race later in the day from lights-to-flag ahead of an enthralling battle for second place.
Cammish made a great start to maintain his pole position advantage ahead of Jamun Racing’s Nico Maranzana and Juan Rosso, immediately building up a lead of almost two seconds over the Argentine duo by the third lap of the race.
The pair were then put under intense pressure from Harrison Scott, the Falcon Motorsport driver braving it out around the outside of Rosso heading down Craner Curves to move into third under braking heading into Old Hairpin.
Having split the Jamun Mygales, Scott then moved into second place with a late-braking move up the inside of Maranzana, the Argentine then losing further places shortly after that dropped him down to fifth behind Rosso and Sam Brabham, the latter recovering well after a slow start to his first race thanks to his machine missing first gear.
In the closing stages of the race the man on the move was Lassi Halminen, the Finnish driver moving up to fourth and challenging Rossi for the final place on the podium, snatching the place on the penultimate lap with a very brave move at Old Hairpin – despite briefly having two wheels on the grass under braking.
Cammish cruised home to a 3.235s win ahead of Scott and the charging Halminen, his fourth win in a row following his three triumphs in Brands Hatch at the end of last month.
Fourth went to Rosso – an impressive result after missing Brands Hatch due to a hand injury – ahead of Brabham who held off the recovering Maranzana for a brilliant fifth place in his own car racing debut, Luke Williams, George Blundell, James Abbott and Cameron Kaminsky rounding out the top 10.
Former Ginetta GT Supercup race winner Andy Richardson was the race’s only retirement, his race coming to an end after 11 laps due to a loss of oil, Fred Martin-Dye’s race meanwhile being ruined by a penalty for starting out of position.