AMER­I­CAN ACE CLOSE TO BRI­TISH F3 CAM­PAIGN

F4 cham­pion Das in talks with Car­lin

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Amer­i­can sin­gle-seater cham­pion Cameron Das is in talks to con­test the full BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship with Car­lin next year.

The 16-year-old from Brook­landville, Mary­land won this year’s Honda-pow­ered US For­mula 4 Cham­pi­onship and joined last week­end’s Au­tumn Tro­phy con­test with the Farn­ham team as he assesses his op­tions for 2017. He fin­ished sev­enth in the Au­tumn Tro­phy points with a best plac­ing of fifth on his first visit to the Nor­folk track.

“I’m in talks with teams, but I’m mainly fo­cus­ing on try­ing to get a seat with Car­lin,” said Das, who took eight con­sec­u­tive wins to seal this year’s US F4 ti­tle.

“Bri­tish F3 is a very good start­ing step as a plat­form to­wards Euro­pean F3 and the strength of coach­ing and train­ing in the UK is just so high that I’m very ea­ger to en­sure my next ca­reer step is in Europe.

“I’ve en­joyed my taste of the Bri­tish F3 Cham­pi­onship, the car is a lot of fun and it’s a big step up from an F4 car.”

Au­tumn Tro­phy cham­pion Enaam Ahmed is also chas­ing a re­turn to the full cham­pi­onship next sea­son, but is un­likely to re­main with Car­lin.

Ahmed won two of the three races on a one-off out­ing with Car­lin last week­end, and said his 2017 pro­gramme was up in the air. He pre­vi­ously fin­ished fifth in the full 2016 cham­pi­onship with the Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport team.

“I raced with Car­lin this week­end as a big spon­sor came in and wanted me to race with them,” Ahmed said. “I’m not ac­tu­ally sure where my fu­ture lies and I cer­tainly haven’t signed with any­one yet.

“Car­lin kept me calm and col­lected this morn­ing [Sun­day] with the bad weather dis­rupt­ing things. Win­ning the ti­tle is a huge boost for me in my 2017 aims.”

Das ran with top team Car­lin in F3 US F4 champ Das wants to stay in UK

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