30 October 2013
Formula Ford boys impress in test
Champion Dan Cammish and runner-up Harrison Scott enjoy time behind the wheel of Motorbase's Ford Focus ST at Snetterton.
The top two Formula Ford UK drivers of 2013 took a challenge of a different kind on Tuesday (29 October), completing hot laps at the wheel of an Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST from the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The Snetterton test session was the first time that either Dan Cammish or Harrison Scott had driven a racing saloon, and was also their first track experience of a front-wheel-drive racer, but both admitted to loving the experience.
“It was great - I enjoyed it and had a really good day, and it was a great experience which has underlined my belief that a BTCC car is what I want to be racing next year,” Cammish, the 24-year old runaway winner of the 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship title, said, “The Focus felt pretty much as I expected it to, I think. When you first get in, it feels a bit alien: you are sitting low and you can't really see anything. It's a different environment. But, you do a few laps and start to gain a bit of confidence and you soon realise that it's just another car and it does what you want it to do. So, from that point of view, it was very good.”
Cammish and Scott both benefited from the advice of team technical staff and BTCC racer Tom Onslow-Cole, as well as guidance from the technicians from Dunlop, which organised the test day as part of its commitment to young drivers.
“I did a six-lap run in the morning on used tyres and then a race simulation run on new tyres in the afternoon,” 17-year old series runner-up Scott revealed, “I thought the Focus would feel a lot different, but I settled in quickly and I didn't feel alienated by it like I thought I would. I absolutely loved it, and I haven't stopped smiling since. Who knows? A touring car career might be in the future for me but I still have some single-seater business to attend to. We'll have to see.”
Motorbase chief Dave Bartrum said that it had been a positive experience from his point of view.
“We expected a high level of ability based on where the drivers had come from, but to be thrown straight in at the deep end and to show the speed and ability they did, away from their areas of expertise, just shows where their talents lie,” he noted, “The drivers did very well and impressed the whole team. The day was great testament to Dunlop tyres and the firm's support and commitment to the BTCC and racing as a whole. Airwaves Racing is very proud to have been a part of it.”
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