Enaam Ahmed surpassed Ayrton Senna’s Formula 3 record of 13 wins to round off his dominant season with one final win. Although Ahmed’s weekend was not quite as spectacular as some of his earlier performances, he still shone in his final weekend in British F3, taking a podium in race one and then a brilliant victory in race 3.
Qualifying has always been close this year, and the final round was no exception. Ahmed lost out on pole by just 44 thousandths of a second to Ben Hingeley. The Londoner came out all guns blazing in the first race though, attacking Hingeley throughout the race in an almighty scrap for the lead. Ahmed struggled with a lack of straight line speed though, as he caught up in the twisty corners. In the end he finished P2 after a valiant effort.
In race 2 Ahmed stuck to his usual tactic of prioritising setting the fastest lap, in order to start race three from high up the grid. Ahmed managed to set the second fastest lap, finishing the race in sixth. It appeared that he would have to work hard in order to round off his season with a win.
Race 3 was very much a reminder that Ahmed is rather good at winning. He followed his teammate Cameron Das around for most of the race, but took the lead with a spectacular, perfectly executed lunge into the Melbourne hairpin. The 17 year old then surged out in front to fittingly round of his season with another spectacular win.
“I really wanted to end the year with a win so when I got close to Cameron I just threw it in and it stuck. We didn’t make any contact, I just about managed to stop the car. It was a really good move and ended with a win.” Ahmed said after the race. “It’s been a phenomenal year and now I need to focus on what I’m going to do next. It’s going to be an even tougher challenge, moving up the ladder is always going to be tough so now it’s all about getting ready for that.”