Race two of the weekend at Rockingham saw Carlin’s Cameron Das claim his maiden win in BRDC British Formula 3, as he charged from seventh on the grid to take victory. The fast starting Omar Ismail initially held the lead but was forced to surrender top spot midway through the race. He came home strongly though to finish second whilst Double R Racing’s Jamie Chadwick claimed her first podium finish in the UK’s premier single-seater championship by taking third.
We spoke to all three drivers to get their thoughts on the race and also got their opinions ahead of the third and final contest of the weekend in Northamptonshire.
Winner: Cameron Das, Carlin
“I avoided some contact at the first corner and made a good decision to go to the inside. From there, I was just battling with Jamie and Omar for the first couple of laps. After that, I was just managing my tyres and making sure I maintained the gap at the front. I think I managed to look after my tyres pretty well so we should be in good shape for race three starting from pole position.
“We haven’t had a wet race yet so we have been using our dry tyres more than we usually would. It is definitely important to keep them fresh. Enaam has a big lead in the championship but I’m glad we could close it a little bit with this win.”
Runner-up: Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing
“I’m a little frustrated to miss out on the win. I got a mega start but I struggled a bit with tyre grip during the middle part of the race and I knew that Cameron had been quick all weekend so I think the right idea was just to let him through and then try and get a good lap for race three. It is a points game at the end of the day and that’s what I’m here for. I know the win will come later, it just wasn’t the time in this race.”
Third place: Jamie Chadwick, Double R Racing
“Overall I’m really happy. Obviously starting on pole position you want to get the most out of it, you want to make a good start and get away. Unfortunately I didn’t get the best of starts and lost a place to Omar and then I got caught in a bit of a melee at turn two. I managed to keep P2 but lost a place to Cameron a little bit later on.
“I managed to consolidate P3 from there though. We were a bit flattered by the fact that we got the pole position from the reverse grid and I want to get on pole from outright qualifying. I will take it though and it is a great reward for the team and all of us who have been working hard over the winter.”
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