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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.

 

Cameron Twynham’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series campaign continued with an eventful seventh-round outing in mixed conditions at the Hungaroring last weekend (September 12-14).

 

In only his second appearance for British squad Comtec Racing, the Market Harborough teenager initially struggled on a soaking circuit due to his lack of experience using Michelin’s wet weather tyres and the Hungarian Grand Prix venue itself.

 

The difficulty of getting into a rhythm around Budapest’s 2.722-mile circuit was always going to be magnified in the wet – with a notoriously slippery surface yielding little grip in tricky conditions – although Twynham’s confidence grew during free practice. However, the BRDC Rising Star’s chances of improving on 15th during Saturday’s 30-minute qualifying session were scuppered by a late stoppage and heavy traffic.

 

With Twynham admittedly more comfortable in the dry, heavy rain 20 minutes before race one ensured the 18-year-old would contest his first wet FR3.5 start, while also necessitating a quick turnaround from Comtec’s mechanics to alter his set-up following the sudden deluge.

 

Twynham initially made a strong start, although contact at turn one damaged his steering and turned the race into a 21-lap learning exercise. Despite this, Cameron was happy with his progress.

 

“The entire weekend was a baptism of fire,” admitted Twynham. “The weather made it increasingly difficult, and I’m still adapting to the characteristics of Michelin’s wet tyres after only using Dunlop’s version so far in my career. These cars are tricky to handle in the dry; they’re incredibly tough to drive with reduced traction. The car was tacking to the right down the straights due to the steering damage, so that didn’t make it any easier! Saying that, my confidence levels are continuously rising, especially after learning so much in Saturday’s race.”

 

The mixed conditions continued during Sunday morning’s qualifying session, yet Twynham managed to lap within 0.06sec of his FIA European F3 championship-leading team-mate, Esteban Ocon, on wet weather rubber. With the track rapidly drying, a change to slicks benefitted Cameron, although further traffic issues on his last run – particularly into the final turn – dropped him to 17th when the circuit was at its quickest having previously set the eighth quickest time following another red flag.

 

Following an early Safety Car period during Sunday afternoon’s race, it was decided that Cameron would be brought in early for his mandatory pit-stop so that he could later attack in clear air. A couple of errors during the service cost him valuable seconds but, undeterred, Twynham proceeded to give a brilliant demonstration of race pace, slashing the deficit to his nearest rivals by 0.5sec per lap until the chequered flag and making a daring pass around the outside of another driver through turn two.

 

“Firstly, I have to hold my hands up about the pit-stop blunder,” Twynham added. “It’s only my second stop in the series, so inevitably I was going to slip-up at some point. When we rejoined, the pace was excellent; we were really pushing hard, it was like a qualifying run! To subsequently discover that my fastest lap was quicker than [Carlos] Sainz Jr was brilliant.

 

“Overall, it was a tricky weekend, although the wet weather running was incredibly useful. I always knew these first few races were always going to be about learning as much as possible. It was also an eye-opener to have Esteban alongside me. With a quick team-mate, it pushes you forward in every aspect. Judging by my progress between qualifying sessions, I think it was mission accomplished, although we need to keep pushing.

 

I must also thank everyone at Comtec Racing for their efforts over the weekend. They worked incredibly hard during a very challenging few days. And once again I must also thank my ever-loyal sponsors and family for their constant support. It really makes a big difference.”

 

The eighth Formula Renault 3.5 Series round of 2014 takes place at Paul Ricard on 27/28 September.

 

 

 

Twynham narrowly misses points on Formula Renault 3.5 debut

 

 

Cameron Twynham’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series career began in impressive style at the Nurburgring last weekend (July 11-13) after a promising second race showing left him on the fringes of a top-10 finish.

 

The Market Harborough teenager – making a last-minute move from EuroFormula Open to British FR3.5 squad Comtec Racing – came home 11th after an incident-packed contest on Sunday afternoon.

 

With no previous experience of the V8-powered Dallara single-seater, it was a baptism of fire for Twynham, who used his experience of Germany’s grand prix venue to slash his deficit to the leaders by 1.6secs between practice and qualifying.

 

Despite lining up 22nd for his maiden race on Saturday afternoon, the BRDC Rising Star was delighted with how he initially performed after a hectic turnaround the week before.

 

“It all happened extremely quickly,” explained Twynham. “The offer came early last week and we immediately accepted! I was surprised by how competitive we were in practice, and were then able to make further gains before qualifying. Lapping under two seconds off the fastest guys on Saturday morning was a big achievement, considering how much experience other drivers have in this series.”

 

A first FR3.5 start didn’t faze the 18-year-old, who gained four places on lap one thanks to a typically excellent getaway, before the MSA Academy member span after a competitor forced him wide. However, a brilliant demonstration of pace allowed Twynham to battle back to 18th, before a late rain shower demanded a careful run to the flag.

 

Twynham’s progress was tempered by a soaking second qualifying session, which nevertheless provided an opportunity to sample Michelin’s wet weather rubber. Despite starting 22nd, a measured and mature approach saw him progressively reduce the gap to his rivals. Notwithstanding his inexperience with FR3.5 machinery, Twynham was encouraged by his off-track improvements.

 

“Reducing the application of power through various throttle maps is a big help in tricky conditions,” Twynham continued. “Although Practice in the wet would have been good experience for me, I was glad to see the race would be dry. I felt the car was perfect going into race two, and I think we demonstrated that by lapping within a second of the leaders.”

 

It appeared that his promising pace would go unrewarded when he stalled on the formation lap, resigning Twynham to a pit-lane start. However, first-lap chaos necessitated a Safety Car, allowing him to quickly catch the field and move into 14th.

 

A bold decision to extend his first stint late into the pit-stop window elevated Twynham to third before stopping, while an excellent in-lap and lightning-quick work from Comtec’s crew moved the series debutant into a superb 11th.

 

Needless to say, Twynham’s performance was hugely encouraging for everyone concerned.

 

“Cameron did a fantastic job considering everything that was thrown at him during the weekend,” said Comtec Team Manager Phil Blow. “His pace on Sunday amazed everyone, as did his composure during the pit-stop. He quickly adapted to the car’s various systems, while his fastest lap was only 0.3sec off the race winner’s. It was unfortunate we missed out on points, but I’m confident we’ll score soon.”

 

“I was gutted to stall on the formation lap,” added Twynham. “However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise following the mayhem at turn one. After the Safety Car came in, it was encouraging to be battling with drivers who have much more experience than I do. It was an excellent call from the team to bring me in when they did, despite being unsure whether to go longer. My in-lap was brilliant and the team executed the pit-stop perfectly; it was the race’s fourth quickest, which allowed us to gain three places. After all their hard work, this was a great result.

 

“However, lapping within 0.7sec of the fastest time was my biggest achievement. Along with a top-15 finish, that was my main objective for the weekend, so I’m extremely happy to accomplish both. It’s been a promising first outing and we can only go forward in Budapest. I’d like to thank my ever-loyal sponsors and family for their constant support in my new venture. I certainly wouldn’t be here without them.”

 

Round seven of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series takes place at the Hungaroring on September 13/14, giving Cameron plenty of time to further adapt to his new surroundings.

 

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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.

Please visit www.camerontwynham.com for more information.

Supporting Anxiety UK:

 

2014 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.

 

Emkay Plastics joins Briton’s growing roster of sponsors

 

Leicestershire-based teenager hungry for Budapest rostrum

 

Leading British Rohacell distributor, Emkay Plastics, have teamed up with BRDC Rising Star Cameron Twynham for the remainder of his 2014 EuroFormula Open campaign.

 

The 18-year-old Market Harborough resident currently sits fourth in the top-tier championship after scoring a maiden podium finish on debut at the Nurburgring last month.

 

Norwich-based Emkay Plastics are the UK’s foremost supplier of Rohacell, a foam-based composite used in a wide range of military and civilian applications. An exceptionally lightweight and energy-absorbent design has established Rohacell across the worldwide motorsport industry, with the material prominently used in Formula One bodywork.

 

The agreement will see Emkay Plastics’ logos feature on Twynham’s Team West-Tec-run Dallara F312 single-seater and overalls throughout the remainder of the season.

 

Emkay Plastics join existing partners Geodis Wilson, LAPIZTA, Mitchell Rubber Europe, Function Jigsaw and High5 Sports Nutrition as valued supporters of the MSA Academy member’s 2014 programme. 

 

Cameron Twynham: “I’m delighted to be joining forces with Emkay Plastics. After sharing a desire to work together at Silverstone last season, I’m thrilled that we’ve decided to team-up full-time. With their impressive resume of high-end motorsport clients, it felt only natural to enter into this partnership in order to further our mutual ambitions. I’m very thankful for their support so far and excited for what the future holds as I climb the racing ladder.”

 

Steven King, Emkay Plastics Managing Director: “It’s an honour and a privilege for us to sponsor a rising star of the racing world!”

 

Paul Meek, Emkay Plastics Financial Director: “We are proud to have formed this partnership with Cameron. We believe that he has a bright future ahead of him and feel privileged to be part of his journey.”

 

Meanwhile, Cameron will be aiming for a top-three finish at next weekend’s fourth EuroFormula Open round in Hungary.

 

“After evaluating our difficult Portimao and Jerez weekends we’re confident we’ve found some answers,” Twynham added. “The entire team has been working incredibly hard to find a good balance between managing tyre degradation and extracting performance, so we’re cautiously optimistic for the Hungaroring.”

 

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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 finishing an encouraging second in the European F3 Open Copa Class last season, 2014 sees the MSA Academy member and BRDC Rising Star graduate to the top tier of the championship, now known as the EuroFormula Open. Cameron will continue to drive for revered British squad Team West-Tec.

 

Please visit www.camerontwynham.com  for more information.

 

About Emkay Plastics:

 

Emkay Plastics Ltd was established in 2000 by Steve King and Paul Meek, industry experts with over 40 years combined experience in the plastics sector.

 

Today, Emkay Plastics are the leading suppliers and specialists for the distribution of Rohacell in the UK. Their continued success is built on core business values of delivering market-leading products coupled with first class customer care.

 

Rohacell is a CFC free, closed-cell rigid foam plastic based on PMI (polymethacrylimide).

 

Rohacell has many applications and is widely used in the automotive, aerospace, wind turbine technology, boat building, sports equipment, radar domes, antennas, X-ray equipment and architectural model making industries.

 

For more information on Emkay Plastics, please visit www.emkayplastics.co.uk

 

Supporting Anxiety UK:

 

2014 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 salvaged a fifth place finish from an otherwise tough EuroFormula Open round at Jerez last weekend (June 20-22) after tyre troubles and a mysterious lack of pace blunted his potential.
 
The Market Harborough teenager had hoped to get his championship bid back on track at the former Spanish Grand Prix venue, but was ultimately relieved to retain fourth place in the standings after a non-score in race one.
 
Concerns were initially raised on Friday afternoon when the BRDC Rising Star ended up 16th in final practice after setting the fifth fastest times in both of the day’s earlier sessions. That worrying trend then continued on Saturday morning when Twynham could only qualify his Team West-Tec-run Dallara F312 14th for the weekend’s opening race.
 
With no time to make substantial changes, the MSA Academy member was in damage limitation mode for Saturday’s 18-lap race. That he was reasonably ‘satisfied’ to pick up three places and finish 11th said much about how hard he was fighting an ill-handling car, never mind his on-track rivals…
 
Needless to say the result prompted wholesale set-up changes that evening in an effort to unlock extra grip. The alterations certainly offered an improvement, with Twynham qualifying fifth for the weekend’s second contest despite the team prioritising race pace over one-lap speed.
 
Unfortunately their approach wouldn’t bear fruit that afternoon when the 18-year-old was forced to fight a tenacious rear-guard action. Having looked comfortable in the early stages his times fell away towards the end, a fact that actually made his fifth position a little sweeter.
 
“It’s been a character-building weekend, that’s for sure, but in a strange way I actually feel alright,” confirmed Twynham. “We didn’t score big but there were elements of both races that, although unseen to the outside world, I was pretty pleased with. I’m not used to finishing 11th and won’t be impressed if it happens again, but I was on the absolute limit to pick up three positions from where we started. My performance wasn’t rewarded with any points, but I was absolutely on it. Likewise on Sunday I spent most of the race keeping the guys behind me at bay. To come out on top in a scrap like that when you know the car shouldn’t really be there offers some consolation after an otherwise difficult event.”
 
But despite putting a positive spin on his weekend, Cameron was still frustrated to have lost further ground in the championship.
 
“We need to get a handle on what’s going on with the car,” he added. “We’ve got a couple of weeks before the next round and it’s imperative that we use the time wisely to make some positive changes. Having said that, we’ve got a lot to find if we’re going to catch the RP Motorsport drivers who seem like they’re in a different race at the moment.”   
 
Twynham will be hoping for better when the EuroFormula Open campaign reaches its halfway mark at the Hungaroring on July 4-6.
 
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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 finishing an encouraging second in the European F3 Open Copa Class last season, 2014 sees the MSA Academy member and BRDC Rising Star graduate to the top tier of the championship, now known as the EuroFormula Open. Cameron will continue to drive for revered British squad Team West-Tec.
 
Please visit www.camerontwynham.com  for more information.
 
Supporting Anxiety UK:
2014 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.

Twynham overcomes difficult Portimao weekend to maintain EuroFormula Open momentum

 

• Leicestershire ace fourth and sixth in Portugal

 

BRDC Rising Star Cameron Twynham produced another spirited EuroFormula Open performance during a challenging second round at Portimao last weekend (June 6-8).

 

Following a disappointing Friday practice session, the Market Harborough teenager dug deep to qualify his Team West-Tec-run Dallara F312 third, only 0.167sec from the front row.

 

A chaotic opening race saw the MSA Academy member initially vault to second before the Safety Car neutralised proceedings with nine laps remaining. However, race leader Artur Janosz’s restart tactics caught him off-guard, enabling Alex Palou and Yu Kanamaru to slip by and deny the 18-year-old another top-three result.

 

“There was quite a lot of contact in race one due to multiple drivers exceeding track limits and re-joining,” explained Twynham. “It then appeared that [Artur] Janosz dropped his throttle twice on the restart which undoubtedly cost me a shot at the podium as I was passed twice into turn one.

 

“However, I was delighted with fourth considering everything that happened! Although we’re lacking in straight-line speed, our pace was strong on other areas of the circuit.”

 

Various set-up tweaks before Sunday morning’s qualifying run didn’t work as planned, leaving Twynham only 10th after an extremely close 30-minute session.

 

Another trademark fast getaway was just what the Leicestershire-based driver needed in race two, although his progress was stymied by contact at turn one. Thankfully, he sustained no damage and maintained a comfortable rhythm en route to sixth.

 

That helped Twynham consolidate fourth in both EuroFormula and the newly-formed Spanish F3 Championship standings, with six races held in Portimao, Jerez and Barcelona counting towards the latter title.

 

“It’s been a crazy weekend all-in-all,” admitted Twynham. “Notwithstanding our risky decision to try something different for second qualifying, we can be happy with our one-lap pace. However, our race performance dropped off steeply, so it’s something we need to focus on. We’ve definitely made progress since the Nurburgring, but we need to improve further.

 

“It’s disappointing not to finish on the podium, but we must be pleased with our results considering we had a tough weekend. If we nail our race set-up, I firmly believe we can capture our first victory at Jerez, a circuit I thoroughly enjoy.

 

“I’d also like to thank my ever-loyal sponsors for their incredible support again this weekend, and my fans on social media who continue to demonstrate their faith in me.”

 

Round three of the EuroFormula Open takes place at Jerez on June 21/22, where Twynham will be hoping to move up from fourth position in the drivers’ championship.

 

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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 finishing an encouraging second in the European F3 Open Copa Class last season, 2014 sees the MSA Academy member and BRDC Rising Star graduate to the top tier of the championship, now known as the EuroFormula Open. Cameron will continue to drive for revered British squad Team West-Tec.

 

 

 

Please visit www.camerontwynham.com  for more information.

 

 

 

Supporting Anxiety UK:

 

2014 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.

 

 

 

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BRDC Rising Star Cameron Twynham began his 2014 EuroFormula Open assault in style by scoring a first podium finish in the championship’s season-opener at the Nurburgring last weekend (May 2-4).
 
Making his debut in the series’ top tier, Team West-Tec driver Twynham held off a strong challenge from stablemate Tanart Sathienthirakul to finish third on Sunday afternoon.
 
The Market Harborough teenager started the weekend superbly, continuing his excellent Winter Series form to top a soaking opening practice by an impressive 1.3secs. After the circuit had dried Twynham remained quickest, promising much for qualifying.
 
Despite only having optimal grip while heavy with fuel, the 18-year-old guided his Dallara F312 to fourth on Saturday morning, only 0.273sec shy of pole position. Although narrowly missing out on a front-row start, Twynham was confident ahead of the season-opener.
 
“Though we finished practice on top, starting fourth was actually an advantage,” admitted Twynham. “Due to rubber building up, there was much more inside grip than on the racing line, which enabled us to make a great start.”
 
True to his word, a tremendous Twynham getaway placed him third into turn one. While comfortably maintaining position, clutch issues on lap five dropped him to sixth at the chequered flag, preventing the MSA Academy ace from capitalising on his encouraging practice performance. But, having managed this problem with maturity, Twynham remained in confident spirits following the opening contest.
 
“After gaining a position at the start I was consistently holding pace until my clutch began to slip in third,” explained Twynham. “This progressively got worse, hampering my acceleration in every gear. However, we only used one set of tyres, giving us two new sets for Sunday, and our pace was strong on scrubbed rubber, so we had reason to be buoyant.”
 
Second qualifying enabled Twynham to maximise his practice potential, going fastest of anyone in sector one before traffic prevented him challenging for pole. Despite this he finished third, only 0.033sec from a front-row start.
 
Another brilliant launch saw him briefly jump into second, although he was forced to drop to sixth after avoiding other drivers through the tricky turn one. However, a superb first-lap pass on Nicolas Pohler – coupled with Igor Urien’s penalty and Alex Palou’s retirement – gave Twynham the podium he deserved.
 
“After passing Pohler, it was tough to make up places,” said Twynham. “We ended up third, despite dicing alongside Tanart with severely worn tyres. I’m delighted that we achieved our podium goal, and happy with the overall pace. However, we need to make some adjustments with the car in order to preserve new tyres over a race distance.
 
“This weekend has given me a tremendous confidence boost, although we are still working hard to improve in qualifying and race trim. Every round is important, but this was crucial in understanding where we stood compared to our rivals. Considering we’ve tested much less, we’re in a very good position going forward.
 
“I’d like to thank my ever-loyal sponsors for their incredible support this weekend, and my fans on social media who have demonstrated their faith in me once again.”
 
Round two of the EuroFormula Open takes place at Portimao on June 6-8, giving Twynham another opportunity to capitalise on his promising start from fourth position in the drivers’ championship.
 
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