Ahmed Drives ‘Race of his Life’ for Reverse Grid Win


Ahmed has taken both BRDC F3 wins so far this weekend. (Credit: JEP)

Enaam Ahmed took the reverse grid BRDC British F3 win during a race that was red flagged and restarted due to a first corner collision that took out four cars.

It was a dramatic start to the reverse grid feature as five drivers retired within the opening lap. Even before the lights went out, Cameron Das was forced to take to the pits having spun off track and broke his front wing on the formation lap.

Going into the first corner, the fast starting Toby Sowery took the inside line, not noticing the Double R Racing car of Harry Hayek on the inside line. Sowery spun the Australian, jumping over his front wing before beaching himself in the gravel.

The incident caused chaos behind, with Petru Florescu and Jamie Chadwick also adding to the list of casualties as Tristan Charpentier ran through the gravel to escape major damage.

A safety car was immediately called, but Omar Ismail, who had started on pole spun under neutral conditions, dropping to fourth. The entire session was red flagged after two laps, as Hayek’s car was retrieved.

Callan O’Keeffe would inherit the lead, as Ahmed and 12 others lined up behind for the second start.

Sadly for O’Keeffe he half stalled, dropping him to third by the end of the first restart lap. This allowed Ahmed to break away with a queue forming behind second place Ben Hingeley.

Ismail may have recovered at the start, but his race was ruined after he spun at the chicane, dropping him to the back.

Ahmed took his second victory of the day, with O’Keeffe settling for third behind Hingeley who moves up to second in the overall standings. James Pull meanwhile finished half a car behind in fourth, having stayed out of trouble early on.

Nicolai Kjaergaard would be best of the race while Das, who broke his wing on the green flag lap recovered to sixth ahead of Manuel Maldonado and Chase Owen.