24 races. 24 wins. 22 pole positions. 19 fastest laps. 396 racing laps led out of 415.
What a season it has been for the new 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain champion Dan Cammish.
The 24 year old has been truly untouchable throughout his title-winning campaign, setting new modern-era records for most wins, pole positions and fastest laps in a season, as well as most consecutive wins, en-route to becoming the ninth consecutive driver to win the Formula Ford title in a Mygale chassis.
The Checkered Flag caught up with the champion shortly after he sealed the crown at Rockingham to discuss his remarkable season, the ingredients to his dominance, and his plans for the future.
TCF: 2013 champion, how does it feel?
DC: “It feels fantastic. It’s been a long time coming really, it’s had an air of inevitability about it for a few races now, having such a comfy lead. To do it here at Rockingham, with two rounds to go is fantastic and to have all my family here, with all the support from them, my friends and JTR all season, it’s brilliant. I’m really happy.”
TCF: 24 wins in 24 races, are you surprised at the level of success you’ve had?
DC: “I could never imagine having as much success as I have. I came into this championship knowing I could win races and be a contender, but to win 24 on the bounce is amazing. For the car to finish all 24 without so much of a hiccup is unbelievable. We’ve just gone from strength to strength and once the momentum was up, we went into every race knowing that we’re the guys to beat and that gives you an advantage. It’s been a fantastic year.”
TCF: JTR have now successfully defended the Formula Ford title. How important have they been to your success?
DC: “JTR have been phenomenal. They haven’t stopped working. Carl’s my lead mechanic and I trust him with my life, if he says its right, its right, I never doubt him. The car has been faultless all season and the set-up is nailed each weekend. I get in from time to time and make the thing look good, but the team are the guys who put in all the hard work behind the scenes, so a massive thanks to them.”
TCF: While all the race wins will feel special, are there any in particular that have stood out from the rest?
DC: “Race 23 was definitely a highlight, to win the championship and have so many people here supporting me. Knockhill race two was hard-fought, I really didn’t deserve to win that race but I gave it everything and clawed it back to beat Nico [Maranzana] and it meant a lot.”
TCF: As part of your prize package you get a test in an Airwaves Racing NGTC Ford Focus, looking forward to it?
DC: “I’m really looking forward to my first go in a touring car. It’s going to be a learning experience, but one that I’m sure I’ll adapt to. I’ve followed BTCC quite closely, and I love the look of the NGTC cars. In particular the Airwaves car looks fantastic, and Motorbase, what a great team to make my BTCC debut as it were with. I can’t wait to see how it goes.”
TCF: You’ve spoken before about how BTCC is your aim for 2014, how confident are you of making it onto the grid next season?
DC: “To be honest, it’s about 50/50 at the moment. I’m confident I can get where I want to be next year, but it’s going to come down a lot of different factors, so it’s not necessarily about how well I can drive a racing car, to be honest that’s quite far down the list. We’ll see; I’d like to think I’ve got a chance of being there next year.”