Enaam Ahmed extended his championship lead with a brilliant weekend in which two victories sandwiched a sixth place finish in the reverse grid race. Despite expecting a close, competitive encounter at Snetterton, he appeared a cut above the rest of the field, and he was able to deservedly proliferate his margin as a result.
It would be an overstatement to describe qualifying 2nd in the wet as a failure, and the fact that Enaam didn’t consider such an impressive result as a resounding success is a testament to his talent and driving ability. In the interview after the session Ahmed pointed out just how impressive James Pull, who snatched pole, and he still remained positive, saying he was looking forward to improving on an inconsistent weekend at Rockingham.
A poor start dropped Ahmed down into third position, but he wasted no time in charging through to the lead. A confident move past Toby Sowery into Murrays at the end of lap one was proceeded by dragging past Pull along the back straight, after Pull made a slight error on the exit to Williams corner. But just as momentum seemed on Ahmed’s side, the safety car came out. However this didn’t fluster him, and he easily opened up a gap to take the chequered flag with three seconds in hand.
After the race he said “It was quite tough because I didn’t have that great a start. Toby overtook me and he did a really good move around the outside into turn one and to be honest I didn’t think I’d be able to overtake him back. I had a run through Coram and I watched some BRDC F4 races from four years ago and I think I saw Will Palmer do the move into the last corner. I had a run on Toby so I thought I’d give it a try and it paid off, so I managed to pass him. Then I caught James and he made an unlucky mistake coming onto the straight, so it enabled me to get the slipstream on him and pass him.”
Ahmed was the victim of his own success in the reverse-grid race 2. He started the race in eighth as a result of winning race one, and Snetterton proved a difficult circuit to pass on. The opening laps went perfectly, as the 17 year old fought his way into sixth place and set a scorching lap time which turned out to be the fastest of the entire weekend. This put him on pole position for race three. Although, he made no further progress, his pace was impressive, and it proved he can still conquer reverse grid races.
So you’d expect race three to be relatively straightforward then. Well it wasn’t. His tyres struggled to get up to temperature, and Ahmed only kept his lead thanks to masterful low-grip driving. He then easily maintained a gap to second placed Sowery and won the race by two seconds to cap off another excellent weekend. “It has been a really good weekend; I knew it was one of my strongest tracks, because the guys call me a Snetterton specialist. ” He said after the race “Toby was genuinely quick at the very beginning, it took me a while to get my left side new tyres in, but once I did I was able to eke out the gap.”
Enaam Ahmed has now won 6 of the 9 races this season, and he now takes a 44 point gap in the championship into the next race of the season in a fortnights time at Silverstone. This seems to have erased any doubts that followed a tough weekend at Rockingham, although Enaam remains cautious.
“This is a strong track of mine, and I know others are better at other tracks, so we going to have to keep working. Toby’s really good around Silverstone and Spa, he was much quicker than us in testing, so he’ll give a good race there.”