Leeds motor-racing starlet Daniel Cammish will top a stellar year with a rare outing in Malaysia and can’t wait to show the Far East what he can do.
Cammish, who finished sixth in this year’s Formula Renault UK series despite missing the first six races, has been invited to take part in a one-off event at the Sepang Grand Prix Circuit in Kuala Lumpur as part of the JK Racing Asia Series.
And boosted by three podium finishes in his last four Formula Renault outings – the 22-year-old is optimistic of ending a brilliant 2011 with a bang. Cammish is one of British motorsport’s brightest young stars – the Leeds ace still holding long-term F1 dreams with a move to the Formula Two or Formula Three series possibly in the pipeline next year.
For now, though, Cammish is merely excited about his opportunity to shine on a grand stage on the other side of the world. “I’m really looking forward to it and I am going over there to race for Eurasia Motorsport which is one of the biggest teams out there,” Cammish told LS1 this week.
“It’s a great opportunity to sample a different type of racing. I’ve never raced there before and I’ve never raced those cars before but I’m confident that I can do a good job. We also get to race on the Japan Formula One circuit so that should be a good experience.
“It all came a bit out of the blue but from what I know the championship organisers were looking for an up-and-coming driver from Europe to come out there and join the grid for a one-off race. My name came up and that was it really.”
Cammish will now jet off to Malaysia on Monday – for what will be his first visit to Asia, be it on the track or off it. He can expect temperatures of 30 degrees but insists he will have no problems coping with the heat.
“I think it’s meant to be really, really warm, but also high humidity so it’s going to be quite challenging,” said Cammish.
“But we did some testing at the start of 2010 in Australia and that was incredibly hot, so I’m no stranger to the heat.”
There is also little doubt about Cammish’s current form and well-being with the former Morley High School student hugely encouraged by both his ending to this year’s Formula Renault series and his 2011 campaign as a whole.
“This year has been fantastic and has probably been one of my best seasons,” said Cammish. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the funds to do the full season and I joined the championship from round four, but I had four podiums and three podiums from the last four races.
“I finished sixth overall in the championship even though I missed out on a whole 200 points that were on offer. it was a fantastic season that has done me a lot of favours. There’s a good chance I could have been in the top three had I done the whole year and that’s without any testing so it’s been a great season in terms of what we have accomplished, considering where we came from.”
The next port of call is Malaysia but plans are fluid regarding Cammish’s motorsports whereabouts in 2012 with several options to consider.
Wherever he ends up, given the right backing Cammish can be expected to thrive.
“Talks are still ongoing – hopefully we’ve got a couple of sponsorship things coming up but we are always looking for people to support me,” he said. We’re trying to focus on some sort of international, single-seater series whether that be Formula Two/Formula Three or even GP3.”
Before that comes Cammish’s Christmas break – not that he’s planning to overindulge.
“We’ll only be in Malaysia for a week and I’ve not much planned over Christmas,” he said. “It’s just about keeping fit and not eating too much!”
Prepare by Lee Sobot