Enaam Ahmed won two races and finished third in the other to increase his championship lead to over 100 points with just two races left and 190 points available. The Englishman now has one hand on the championship, and he will benefit from the fact that the next race is at Snetterton – A circuit where Ahmed has always excelled.
Ahmed’s weekend got off to a good start when he was able to get pole position for race one, but the race itself was anything but plain sailing. Ahmed retained the lead at the start and took advantage of squabbling behind him to open up a two second lead during the opening lap. From then on it seemed like Ahmed had the relatively straightforward task of maintaining the gap. However, rain made a rare cameo in the race and what was at first drizzle turned into treacherous conditions, with rain pouring down. Chaos Ensued.
The conditions were so poor that three cars were sent sliding into the barriers at Paddock Hill Bend. Ahmed held his nerve, but he drove very cautiously while behind him his teammate James Pull was pushing very hard indeed. As a consequence his lead gap begun to evaporate. One thing which was not evaporating at all though was the rain on track, and a safety car, and subsequently a red flag was called, meaning Ahmed won his 9th race of the season.
Ahmed admitted after the race that the safety car played a big part in the race win. “I was really worried when the rain came down, as it’s especially difficult on this track. James had nothing to lose so he was catching me all the time and to be honest, in these conditions, I don’t know if I would have been able to hold him off. I might have even been happy to let him by as I was just concentrating on getting as many points as I could. Luckily the Safety Car came out and they red flagged the race so I was happy about that.”
Race Two was less eventful. Ahmed used his normal strategy of trying to set the fastest lap possible in order to qualify on pole for Race Three, with any extra points being a bonus. Ahmed did pick up points – 20 of them to be precise – after working his way through the field from 8th to 3rd place. He also set the fastest lap, putting him in pole position for the final race of the weekend.
The 17 year old duly converted it, storming ahead to take a dominant victory. Ahmed led from lights to flag and crossed the finish line with six seconds in hand to cap off yet another excellent weekend. “I was pushing hard every lap as you have to be on it every lap. ” Ahmed said after the race “I was trying to get the fastest lap and be as consistent as possible. I tried to treat it like a qualifying session. It was a really good job by Carlin. Trevor (Carlin) has put together a really good team for BRDC British F3 this year and we’ve all got a really good team around us. I’d like to say a big thank you to Trevor for letting me drive his car this year and everyone who came down here to support me.”
The next race, the penultimate round of the season, takes place in three weeks time at Snetterton. Ahmed will travel to Norfolk with an 106 point lead, and if he leaves with a lead of more than 90 points then he will be crowned the 2017 British F3 champion.