Bertil Roos Graduates Das, Gore Finish Strong in Euroformula Open

Bertil Roos Racing School graduate Cameron Das continued his progression through the racing ranks over the weekend by wrapping up a strong season in the Euroformula Open Championship at Barcelona, Spain.

Fellow Bertil Roos graduate Dev Gore also showed promise in the series, earning a top-10 finish in the year’s final race.

Das, an 18-year-old graduate from Baltimore, qualified fifth in the first of two weekend races and battled in the top five throughout the race before ending with a sixth-place run. He followed it up by qualifying seventh and finishing fifth in the second race. Das put up a hard charge to battle David Schumacher for fourth in the closing laps.

Driving the No 28 Dallara for the British-based Carlin team, Das was the highest ranking American in the series. He posted four podium finishes and finished the year with seven top-five finishes over 16 races to place fifth in the final point standings.

Brazilian driver Felipe Drugovich dominated the series in winning the championship, while Das was a steady performer throughout the year with only two finishes outside the points.

It was a natural progression for Das, who won nine of 15 races to capture the 2016 U.S. Formula 4 Championship. He moved to the BRDC British Formula 3 in 2017 with the Carlin team which counts four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power among its alumni.

Gore, a 21-year-old Atlanta resident, made his debut with the Carlin team earlier this season at Silverstone, and he ran the second half of the Euroformula Open schedule. Despite playing catch-up to the field, he scored points in four events and posted top-10 finishes in the final two events at the Spanish tracks of Jerez and Barcelona.

Both drivers count their Bertil Roos experience as a major factor in racing in the prestigious European series, and driving for the Carlin team.

Gore worked his way up through the different levels of karting before attending Bertil Roos Racing School, the nation’s leading school for instruction in the highly intricate and technical form of European-style road racing.

After graduation, Gore competed in the Bertil Roos Racing Series where he won two races. He also has competed in the Formula 1600 Super Series, the Toyota Tires F1600 Championship and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

For everyone from the hobbyist to those who have aspirations to be like Das and Gore competing in the highest levels of motorsports, call 1-800-RACE-NOW to reserve a spot at Bertil Roos Racing School.

Ourant Wraps Up Bertil Roos Race Series Title at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Andy Ourant ended a dream season in the Bertil Roos Race Series by clinching his first series championship over the weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Ourant, who won a series-high seven races, wrapped the championship up with a second-place finish in the first Group 1 race. Even though he didn’t finish the season race, Ourant ended winning the championship by nine points (275-266) over Rookie of the Year Seth Foley.

Three-time series champion Tim Nichols finished third in the points after a big weekend at Pocono where he won the first Group 1 race. Nichols set fast time in qualifying with a lap at 1:16.24 and he made the most of starting up front. Ourant had a title-clinching effort with a runner-up finish and Jason Auwarter came home third.

Ira Nesbitt, who qualified second in the first Group 1 race only to finish 10th, stormed back to win the second Group 1 race. Nichols continued his strong weekend by finishing second. Kirk Weatherman rounded out the podium with his third-place run.

Foley dominated the Group 2 action. He had the fast time of the day in qualifying 1:13.34 before going on to sweep both Group 2 races. Rich White gave chase to Foley, finishing in the runner-up spot and Kevin Anderson earned his way on the podium by finishing third.

There was plenty of action behind Foley in the second Group 2 race. Gabe Jasper posted a strong second-place run, while White raced to the other podium finish.

Other awards were handed out at the season-ending banquet with Reiner Oberst earning the Hard Charger Award by gaining the most number of positions throughout the season. Positions lost also count in the final tally.

Foley won the Rookie of the Year battle (266-226) over Robert Pielsticker with another rookie driver, Chris Sanford with 225 points. Gabe Jasper received the Cone Killer Award, a fun award given to the driver who knocks over the most cones during qualifying and race sessions throughout the season.

Vinnie Virga won the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award. It is awarded to the driver who best embodies the spirit of the series through comradery, mentoring new drivers to the series and for clean racing habits.

The Bertil Roos Winter Series is currently underway with the next races scheduled for December 3-4 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW for available spots.

Cornell Earns Sweep to Open Bertil Roos Winter Series

JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Cornell put on a dominating performance in the first couple of rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Race Series at Palm Beach International Raceway.

He navigated the challenging 2.2-mile PBIR road course in 1:33.26 to earn the pole for the first Group 2 race. In the lead, he stayed out front for the win. He followed it up with another win in the second race.

Jeff Relic and Alex Benavtis each won races for the Group 1 drivers.

Phillip Jasper ran runner-up to Cornell in both Group 2 races. Jimmy Dai posted a pair of third-place runs to fill out the podium in both races.

Relic started from the pole position and parlayed it into a victory in the first Group 1 race. Benavtis got around Gabe Jasper for the runner-up spot. Jasper held on for a third-place finish.

Benavits assumed command of the second Group 2 race and earned the victory. Gabe Jasper came back strong with a second-place finish and Vinnie Virga rounded out the podium in third.

After the first two rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Series, Cornell holds a 49-46 lead over Benavtis in the point standings. Phillip Jasper is third with 44 points, followed by Gabe Jasper with 41 points and Relic and Dai tied for fifth with 40 points each.

Spots remain available for Rounds 3-4 of the series on December 3, 2018, and Rounds 5-6 on January 18-19, 2019 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW to enter.