Motorsport: Cammish happy to follow in trail of Tordoff

Things are looking up for Leeds motoring star Dan Cammish following a perfect six wins out of six in Formula Ford. PIC: Tony Johnson
Things are looking up for Leeds motoring star Dan Cammish following a perfect six wins out of six in Formula Ford. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Leeds ace Dan Cammish recognises that the Formula Ford Series he currently leads plays second-fiddle to the British Touring Car Championship.

The two run side by side but it is another Leeds star, Sam Tordoff, grabbing the headlines in the latter.

But that’s fine with Cammish who says his own profile is rising because of Tordoff – a man he hopes to “go wheel to wheel with” in 2014.

Round three of both Formula Ford and British Touring Car Championship rolls into speedy Thruxton this week with Leeds stars Cammish and Tordoff on the crest of a wave.

As while series debutante Tordoff lies a brilliant fourth in the prestigious BTCC series, Cammish leads the supporting Formula Ford standings after an amazing six wins out of six.

Progress of both can be viewed on ITV4 and Cammish knows the majority will be tuning in to see the likes of Jason Plato, Gordon Shedden and Tordoff battle it out in the BTCC. But the motoring nation is also learning more and more of Cammish who admits his aim is to land this year’s Formula Ford Series en route to potentially joining Tordoff on the main stage in 2014.

“We’re both getting a lot of coverage and I think I am maybe getting a bit more coverage than I would do off the back of Sam,” Cammish told the YEP.

“British Touring Cars is very high profile in this country and at Donington you couldn’t move. It was absolutely heaving and it’s amazing how many people are still interested and turn out to watch.

“We’re both getting a fair bit of exposure which is all good and hopefully we can both keep pushing forward and keep that racing awareness in Yorkshire.

“For me, it’s gone fantastically well so far and I see no reason why I can’t be British champion.

“Hopefully I can keep going and see where I find myself at the beginning of next year. Maybe I will be in a higher series somewhere?

“I think that single seater is no longer viable for me and the dream ticket in this country is to get into touring cars.

“Going wheel to wheel with Sam once again – that’s the dream and we shall see.”

Cammish’s start to the 2013 season is all the more remarkable given his nightmare 2012.

Just one race into the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season, the Leeds racer was involved in a violent crash at Aragón and subsequently broke his pelvis. It means there is no danger of Cammish taking his current success for granted.

“I went through an awful 2012 with the accident in Spain and a fractured pelvis but then on my first race back I won all three races,” said Cammish.

“It just shows you how fast things can change.

“I have been on the receiving end of both good and bad luck and I know how fast this sport can change around – as any sport can. I’ve just got to keep enjoying it while I can.”

And that means enjoying life both in and out of the car – with Cammish also thriving in his ‘nine til five’ week-to-week employment for Steve Ogden Motorsport.

Alternate weekends are then split between excelling in Formula Ford and being your typical 24-year-old lad.

“I’m enjoying having a full-time job and the money that brings with it,” said Cammish.

“Then at weekends if I’m not racing I just try and chill out a bit or catch up with friends – nothing that exciting – though I have always been adamant that I would be big on fitness this season. If I can’t be the fastest then I’ll certainly be the fittest out there.”

At the moment six out of six Dan is both.

Dan Cammish.

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