Cameron Twynham continued his GT learning curve at the Hungarian round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Hungaroring this last weekend.

 

With rocketing temperatures in excess of 41 degrees in the shade on Friday and Saturday this was the hottest race weekend of his career so far and inside the cockpit of his Momo-Megatron team Partrax Porsche GT3 cup car he was subjected to temperatures in excess of 54 degrees during qualifying, however, the past few years of hard and intensive training with his partners Inspired Personal Training, Optimal Strength and Functions Jigsaw saw the BRDC Rising Star deal with these temperatures without any issues.

 

Fridays free practice session was curtailed early by the same gearbox issue that had held back his performance during the Silverstone race, the team had replaced the suspect parts but ultimately the real cause only showed itself during this practice session, it was quickly dealt with on Friday evening with the help of Porsche. The lap-times up to that point had been very promising with Cameron sitting in 13th overall before the mechanical issue.

 

Saturdays qualifying of two runs during the 30 minute session went to plan in phase one with a position of 14th overall and looking strong, a slight error of judgement for the second run by leaving the pits a bit too early meant that Cameron met traffic when his new Michelin tyres were at their peak, and even with the improvement made his best time dropped him down to 17th place.

 

Sunday’s race saw a fairly dramatic change in weather, the temperature dropping to the low 20’s, the wind picking up and the potential for rain. Starting P17 Cameron made his now trademark get-away passing 4 cars on the run down to turn one and positioning himself behind his team-mate Ben Barker who had started 12th. After a rough and aggressive first few corners with plenty of action Cameron made an attempt to pass Ben but ultimately that failed attempt cost him a couple of places before crossing the line on lap one in 15th place. Then a battle between Cameron and Spike Goddard, that Cameron would ultimately lose, started and raged for more than five laps, costing both a bit of lap-time and losing touch with the group of 8 cars in front. After the pass by Spike, both were able to show their true pace and this would put Cameron’s race laps just eight tenths of the fastest lap, and just one tenth off his vastly more experienced team-mate Barker, this time was also faster than other drivers that finished in front of him such as Matteo Cairoli and Connor De Phillippi who are both Porsche junior factory drivers. This was a vast improvement and a step up in just his 5th race of the year in the Supercup.

 

Cameron said after the race - “this has been my strongest weekend by far, my pace is getting closer and closer and I can now hang with my initial targets on the grid, the next 6 races are all double header race weekends and this will give me more seat time over the weekends to help my progress and I hope that this will also give me the chance to start getting inside the top 10. All of the drivers that beat me this weekend are competing in multiple championships and have years of Porsche experience, I am in only my 5th weekend, so after just 5 races I am catching them very quickly, I hope that people can see my progress and that very shortly I will be fighting among them and getting a bit more TV coverage. I am giving it my all to get up the front as fast as I can in this new GT discipline, its incredibly hard in the Supercup and a very unique challenge against such experienced drivers with so little track time and this championship is definitely one of the toughest in the world, it’s an awesome challenge and I am loving every lap and just want to be back up at the sharp end, however, it’s about continuing to learn the right things and put them in to practice, step by step”

 

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Downshift issue limits teenager to 19th on home soil

 

A gearbox issue ultimately masked what Cameron Twynham later described as his ‘best Porsche Supercup performance of the season’ in front of a partisan crowd during the Formula 1 support series’ fourth round of 2015 at Silverstone last weekend (July 3-5).


While the result, 19th, remains some way short of the BRDC Rising Star’s expectations, Sunday’s race did at least demonstrate his growing confidence behind the wheel of the #12 MOMO-Megatron Team PARTRAX entry. Indeed, Twynham had already made up five places in six laps when a downshift issue between gears two and five prevented further progress.


The adjustment from single-seaters to sportscars has been most noticeable during qualifying, and in particular the need for greater aggression when warming the Porsche’s tyres. The net result was 21st on the grid for Sunday’s race but, as at previous rounds, progress was swift once the lights went out.


“There’s no doubt qualifying has held us back so far this season, but it’s something we’re working on,” confirmed the 19-year-old. “Starting that far back in the pack means we’re right in the thick of it from the off, which is great for honing my racecraft but not ideal when trying to make progress towards the top-10, which is where we’re aiming for during my maiden season of GT racing.”


To emphasise the point Twynham was shadowing 2014 series vice-champion Kuba Giermaziak when the downshift problem began at the start of lap six while running 16th. 


“You can see from the onboards how difficult it was for me to change down and find a gear,” he explained. “The issue was between two and five, which is quite a big chunk of the range! It basically compromised most of my corner entries because I was having to brake much earlier to make the apex. There was less engine braking, too, and obviously there’s the not inconsiderable matter of trying to keep other drivers at bay!”


With over half the race still remaining it would have come as little surprise to see the local lad tumble down the order. But, incredibly, just three places were lost over the remaining seven laps.


“I had a lot of friends and family from Market Harborough come along to support me as it’s only 30-odd miles,” continued Twynham. “I really didn’t want to let them down and fought like hell to hold on to as many places as I could. On paper 19th doesn’t sound all that special but, believe me, I worked hard for it! That’s why it feels like the best race of my season so far. I’m really pleased with it, actually, although obviously I’d have liked to finish a bit higher. Without the problem we’d have been sniffing around the fringes of the top-10, based on where Giermaziak ended up.”


And so on to the Hungaroring, or ‘Monaco without the walls’ as it’s come to be known, on July 24-26.


“I always went well there in F3 and feel like we learned a lot at Silverstone, so I’m looking forward to Hungary,” he said. “Getting qualifying sorted is now the priority; we know there’s work to do on that front and it’s something we’ll pay close attention to, especially as it’s so difficult to overtake around a circuit as narrow and bumpy as the Hungaroring. But we always knew it would take time to learn the sportscar ropes, especially at the highest level like Porsche Supercup. I’m enjoying every minute.”

 

ENDS

 

 

Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:28

Twynham comes through sternest test yet in Monaco

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- Supercup baptism continues with 16th in the Principality

 

Cameron Twynham faced his toughest challenge since switching to sportscar racing when the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup made its annual excursion to the iconic but hazardous barrier-lined streets of Monte Carlo as part of the Formula 1 support bill this weekend (May 21-24).

 

After scoring points on debut in Barcelona two weeks ago, the emphasis was very much on continuing the acclimatisation process while getting to grips with a street circuit for the first time in his career. 

 

The combination of most competitive single-make GT category in the world, rivals with years of specialist Porsche experience and the most demanding circuit on the calendar added up to a 16th place finish in Sunday’s race. 

 

Having spent practice finding his feet and then getting a little too close to the Tabac Armco during Friday’s qualifying session, the 19-year-old lined up for today’s 16-lap/30-minute race in 19th. A strong getaway – a hallmark of his single-seater days – initially helped the BRDC Rising Star move forward a couple of places before falling back after being hung out to dry around the tight Loews Hairpin.

 

With every lap a valuable lesson in street circuit racing, the MOMO-Megatron Team PARTRAX teenager was happy to follow in the wheel tracks of those ahead before capitalising on a three-car incident that required a Safety Car at half-distance. 

 

And 17th became 16th just after the restart when Twynham again pounced on another driver’s mistake, this time courtesy of Alexander Toril.

 

While the Market Harborough resident didn’t pick up points on this occasion, the experience alone will prove of vital importance to his development aboard the Porsche this season.

 

“We were very realistic before the weekend and didn’t expect too much,” confirmed Twynham afterwards. “Saying that, I wasn’t completely happy with my performance in practice and qualifying and felt like I could have done more. There’s a lot to get your head around and just learning the nuances of Monaco is a real challenge. It’s only then that you can think about unlocking all the potential. So I was feeling a bit frustrated, albeit while loving every moment!

 

“I felt like I performed much better in the race today and could definitely see where we’d made progress since Thursday’s practice session. I was consistently lapping within four tenths of my best qualifying time and was in a good rhythm. Having that consistency is key around Monaco. The result was better than I expected too so overall I’m very happy with how it went.”

 

And what of racing around the world’s most iconic circuit?

 

“Incredible!” he added. “Words can’t do the place justice. It really is a case of one mistake and you’re in the barriers. You grow up watching it on TV and think you’ve got a pretty good grasp of what to expect, but you haven’t! Sitting in the car, threading the eye of the needle at those speeds: I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

 

Twynham and the Porsche Supercup return to a more traditional style of circuit – the Red Bull Ring in Austria – when the championship continues on June 19-21.

 

 

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Cameron Twynham put on an impressive performance on his Porsche Supercup debut with MOMO-Megatron-PARTRAX last weekend after finishing 12th at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (May 9/10).

 

As one of the youngest drivers in the competitive one-make field, 19-year-old Twynham ended his weekend on a high by finishing as the highest-placed Porsche newcomer and scoring valuable points in the Spanish Grand Prix support race. 

 

The BRDC Rising Star qualified his 911 GT3 Cup 16th, but a fantastic start in Sunday’s race saw him move up to 11th position before contact with another car pushed him wide and back down to where he started. 

 

An incident on the opening lap between Sven Muller and Connor de Phillippi that resulted in a Safety Car period prevented Twynham from making early progress, but he was soon on the pace when racing resumed. 

 

Indeed, the Market Harborough teenager was posting consistently competitive lap times amongst much more experienced drivers and had moved up to 12th when contact with another car hindered any further progress through the 28-car field.

 

“There are tonnes of positives to take from the weekend,” enthused Twynham. “From my perspective, I perhaps could have got a better result if it wasn’t for the contact, but the car was awesome and it’s encouraging to know that we can be pretty competitive.” 

 

The success of Cameron’s Supercup debut followed only one week after an outstanding showing at the Nurburgring’s Porsche Sports Cup Germany round. “I think it definitely helped boost my confidence going into the first race of the season,” he continued . “I knew that the competition would be tougher here in Barcelona but it was still great preparation.”

 

In what was a strong performance at the Spanish track, the young Briton was delighted to bring his weekend to a close with important championship points ahead of the next event, which takes place around the iconic Monaco.

 

Despite having never raced at a street circuit, Twynham is looking forward to the challenge ahead and has high hopes of a successful weekend in the Principality. 

 

“It’s really cool to be doing my first street race at one of the most famous circuits in the world,” said an eager Twynham. “I know it’s going to be difficult, but I’ve watched enough laps, done my time in the simulator and am feeling pretty prepared. I’m looking forward to it!”

 

Round two of the Porsche Supercup takes place in Monte Carlo on 23/24 May, an official support race to the Monaco Grand Prix.

 

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About Cameron:

Still only 19, Cameron Twynham from Market Harborough on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border is one of the brightest youngsters in British motorsport. This season he makes the move from single seaters to the Formula 1-supporting Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, a series widely regarded as the world's fastest one-make GT championship. Cameron will contest the 10-race campaign with American squad, MOMO-Megatron-PARTRAX. 

 

Please visit www.camerontwynham.com  for more information.

 

Supporting Anxiety UK:

2015 will also see Cameron play an active role with Anxiety UK, a charity that promotes the relief and rehabilitation of those suffering with anxiety disorders through information and provision of self-help services. It also strives to advance awareness of the general public in the causes and conditions of anxiety disorders and associated phobias. After being diagnosed as a sufferer in 2010, it’s a cause that’s understandably close to Cameron’s heart.

 

Please visit www.anxietyuk.org.uk  for more information

British ace Cameron Twynham has signed with MOMO-Megatron-Partrax for their 2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign, which kicks off at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 9/10.

 

Having enjoyed a successful career in competitive single seater championships such as EuroFormula Open and Formula Renault 3.5, the 19-year-old from Market Harborough has decided to make the transition to GT cars and the prestigious Formula 1 support series.

 

“After a lot of soul-searching and discussions with my father and manager I felt it was time to move out of single seaters and into GTs,” said Twynham. “We all believe there are more opportunities in this type of motorsport for young drivers and, these days, it is far more productive than the current state of single seater racing.

 

“I was introduced to the team by my manager Rod Vickery and, after a successful two-day test, was delighted to be offered a contract to drive for them this year.”

 

Despite the challenge of never having driven a GT car before, the skills learnt throughout his single seater career meant the MSA Academy member was soon turning some very impressive lap times. It was for this reason that the team made the decision to sign the Briton there and then as one of their two new young drivers.

 

“Obviously the Porsche is very different to the type of car I have raced for the last four years but I soon found I was able to adapt to the driving style required and post quick lap times,” continued Twynham. “Now I just need to fine-tune my approach during the upcoming tests and learn how to get the most out of the car.

 

“Like so many other young drivers it has always been my dream to race at Monaco, and the Porsche Supercup gives me the opportunity to do just that. It will be great to be part of the Porsche family, and their professional environment on and off the track that has helped so many drivers establish successful careers.”

 

As one of the youngest drivers competing in the championship Cameron is looking at a minimum two-year programme. 

 

“This is the most competitive one-make series in the world,” he admitted, “but if you are successful it can be a great opportunity to become a professional factory GT driver, as has happened with previous winners of the championship.”

 

Team owner Andreas Leberle was also very impressed with Twynham’s pace and approach.

 

“Rod Vickery is an old friend and assured me Cameron was the type of young driver we needed in our team,” he said. “The entire team was pleasantly surprised that for such a young driver with no experience of GT cars he was quickly on the pace. He drove faultlessly over the two days, especially in the wet on day one, and didn’t put a wheel wrong. I believe we have a very quick driver with a lot of potential and are looking forward to a strong season together.”

 

For Twynham, Porsche Supercup represents a step towards another of his career goals.

 

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and believe it will also be great preparation for another ambition of mine, which is to one day race at Le Mans. Despite my single seater background I’m still rated as a silver driver and would bring a lot of value to a sports-prototype programme.

 

“I would like to thank everybody who has supported me in my career to date, especially my father. Without his support and total enthusiasm I would not have been able to fulfil my dream.”

 

The 10-race Porsche Supercup season gets underway at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 9/10.

 

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About Cameron:

Still only 19, Cameron Twynham from Market Harborough on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border is one of the brightest youngsters in British motorsport. This season he makes the move from single seaters to the Formula 1-supporting Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, a series widely regarded as the world's fastest one-make GT championship. Cameron will contest the 10-race campaign with American squad, MOMO-Megatron-Partrax. 

 

Please visit www.camerontwynham.com  for more information.

 

Supporting Anxiety UK:

2015 will also see Cameron play an active role with Anxiety UK, a charity that promotes the relief and rehabilitation of those suffering with anxiety disorders through information and provision of self-help services. It also strives to advance awareness of the general public in the causes and conditions of anxiety disorders and associated phobias. After being diagnosed as a sufferer in 2010, it’s a cause that’s understandably close to Cameron’s heart.

 

Please visit www.anxietyuk.org.uk  for more information.

Cameron Twynham continued to make progress along Formula Renault 3.5’s steep learning curve at Paul Ricard last weekend (September 26-28), where the Briton was making only his third series appearance since stepping up from EuroFormula Open mid-season.

 

After encountering several new experiences during visits to the Nurburgring and Hungaroring with Comtec Racing, the Market Harborough teenager’s confidence was high heading to a circuit where he had claimed victory in last year’s F3 Open Copa class.

 

However, the BRDC Rising Star’s on-going efforts to adjust to the Formula 1 feeder series were made increasingly difficult by ill fortune both on and off-track at the former French Grand Prix venue.

 

Friday’s free practice didn’t get off to a great start for Twynham after an alternator issue limited the MSA Academy member to a single run, immediately putting him on the back foot.

 

The afternoon wasn’t much better after a driveshaft failure denied Twynham the chance to make up for lost time, leaving him 21st after an early run on scrubbed tyres had placed him sixth.

 

Saturday morning’s 30-minute qualifying period gave Twynham a first chance to demonstrate his potential on fresh rubber. Despite lining up 22nd, a three-second improvement in pace over Friday’s running – while only 1.6secs from pole – represented a job well done for the 18-year-old.

 

A typically great getaway in race one elevated Twynham to 18th after the first turn. However, his Michelin tyres were severely flat-spotted on Paul Ricard’s abrasive run-off areas after twice taking avoiding action when Pietro Fantin and Jazeman Jaafar spun, leaving him to manage the issue for the remaining 21 laps.

 

Some overnight improvements from Twynham and the British squad put him in good spirits for second qualifying. However – despite setting personal bests in the first two sectors that gained him 0.6sec  – a late stoppage caused by Zoel Amberg’s off not only cost Cameron any chance to improve, but also denied him another flying lap.

 

Nonetheless, Twynham’s progress was demonstrated by consistent lap times during Sunday’s contest, which – allied to a now-perfected pit-stop procedure – enabled him to jump two places during the mandatory change of rubber en route to 18th at the chequered flag.

 

And with Cameron becoming increasingly confident with the Dallara chassis, his hopes for a promising showing at Jerez’s season finale have been boosted after his first all-dry, albeit frustrating, FR3.5 outing at Le Castellet.

 

 

“It was just one of those weekends where we were on the back foot from the beginning,” admitted Twynham. “We had a brand new engine for the weekend, so it was disappointing to lose so much running due to the alternator issue. This hindered our programme for second practice where, after problems with laying rubber in the pit-box, the driveshaft snapped, meaning we had no running on new tyres until qualifying. But sometimes these things happen.

 

“Considering our lack of preparation, qualifying went smoothly and the team did a brilliant job of getting us back on track. I wasn’t quite sure where to push in places, but to finish only 1.6secs from pole is a great achievement for me. It was unfortunate that I was forced to take to the run-off area in Saturday’s race, which damaged the tyres, but in the end I was happy with the result considering no prior long distance running.

 

“Encountering a red flag during what was to be my fastest lap in second qualifying was typical of our luck I suppose! But we did all we could in the race. Once again, I gained a few positions at the start and the whole team performed excellently, particularly in the pit-stops, where I managed to jump three cars.

 

“Now we just need to ensure we work on qualifying pace ahead of Jerez, which is a circuit I’m really looking forward to. Once again, I must thank everyone at Comtec for all their efforts during a tricky weekend, and all my sponsors for their ever-loyal support.”

 

The ninth and final Formula Renault 3.5 Series round of 2014 takes place at Jerez in Spain on October 17-19.

 

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About Cameron:

 

Still only 18, Cameron Twynham from Market Harborough on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border is one of the brightest youngsters in British motorsport. After following up last season's second in the European F3 Open Copa Class with an encouraging start to this year's EuroFormula Open, the remainder of 2014 sees the MSA Academy member and BRDC Rising Star graduate to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with British race-winning squad Comtec Racing.

 

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