Topping two of the four test sessions on Friday, Enaam Ahmed was once again the man to beat, with the Carlin driver setting his personal best in the final test with a time of 1min 44.029. The result will put the pressure back on the BRDC British F3 Championship leader who lost ground over the Rockingham weekend.
As the 17-strong grid lined up for their second day of testing at Snetterton, it was Lanan Racing‘s Toby Sowery who laid down the gauntlet during the morning. While it was fast enough to top the session, it was 0.037s slower than James Pull‘s benchmark during the same session on Thursday, remaining almost a half a second slower than Ahmed’s overall best from the afternoon.
Sowery though would soldier on, again topping an interrupted second practice session in which almost no drivers lowered their times from the morning.
The session had been cut short due to Harry Hayek running off track at Riches and hitting the barrier. The Australian would not reappear for the remainder of the day, putting him at a disadvantage for the upcoming weekend.
Ahmed would finally hit back in the third test as Sowery finished over two tenths behind. The time set by Sowery in the opening session had been enough to stay top overall, until the cars geared up for the final 30 minute running.
As the clock counted down, Ahmed went top with Sowery 0.201 seconds behind the new overall best. Like Thursday, the order from the final session largely determined the overall order with James Pull finishing in third.
Pull had once again been a regular within the top five and along with the top two from Friday, should not be discounted from the fight for pole position. He finished ahead of Jordan Cane, who has spent the last two days settling into his new Douglas Motorsport car, while Cameron Das was fifth.
Rounding out the top eight would be title contender Ben Hingeley, American Chase Owen and the second Douglas driver, Callan O’Keeffe, who all achieved times under the 1min 45sec barrier.
Despite Ahmed’s domination in the time sheets, the Brit has proven himself to not be infallible, briefly causing a red flag in the final test session as he made a mistake on track.