Das dazzles in wet for fifth Euroformula win

11.07.2021

Motopark Cameron Das excelled in the wet to grow his Euroformula points lead with victory in the final race at the Hungaroring.

The American put himself on pole by taking fastest lap in the day’s earlier race, and spent the first laps of race three leading the field behind the safety car due to a heavy rain storm. It was so wet that drivers actually went off during the safety car period.

When green flags were first waved on lap five, Das sprinted away, while race one winner Cem Bölükbaşi (Van Amersfoort Racing) conceded fifth place to Jak Crawford (Motopark) by going wide at turn two. The safety car boards were shown again at the end of the lap as Joshua Mason (Double R Racing) went off at turn 10.

Home hero Vivien Keszthelyi (Motopark) was caught out at that corner in the next safety car period, and racing resumed on lap nine.

Crawford gained another spot by passing race two winner Casper Stevenson (VAR) at the restart, and he started chasing Rafael Villagomez (VAR) and Nazim Azman (CryptoTower Racing Team) who occupied the podium spots behind Das. He couldn’t find a way through in the wet, nor when the track dried, and this allowed Das to break away up front.

Das won by 6.827 seconds ahead of Villagomez, with Azman and Crawford separated by 0.282s behind them.

“I’m really, really happy with that result,” said Das. “We’ve had a really challenging weekend, had to replace the chassis on Friday, there was some tuning differences we needed to make with the new chassis in quali so we weren’t right there in quali, and then we had a brake failure in race one while we were leading the race, so I’ve kind of had it all so far. But it’s really, really good to be back [at the front].”

On the wet weather in race three, he added: “In the beginning, it was really, really difficult. Turn 11 especially, even when we were behind the safety car we were aquaplaning, even at those low speeds. So I was a bit nervous on the first lap, being the first one to go through at full speed. I think I nearly went off, to be quite honest, but kept it on the track and just put in the solid laptimes.”

Stevenson finished fifth, ahead of Louis Foster (CryptoTower), Bölükbaşi and Joshua Dürksen (Drivex).