Ahmed Scythes Through Field for Spectactular Win


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Enaam Ahmed took yet another BRDC British F3 victory to extend his championship lead at Spa-Francorchamps. The Carlin driver came from seventh on the grid, setting the Fastest Lap in the process.

The reverse grid event saw James Pull on pole position after an excellent recovery from the back of the grid yesterday. The Carlin driver was strong off the start and maintained his lead from Cameron Das who had a much busier time holding off the opposition.

Jamie Chadwick proved to be the cork in the bottleneck of cars behind. Her defence allowed Toby Sowery to scythe past and take third with Ahmed joining the fight.

Elsewhere, Guilherme Samaia and Ben Hingeley would not repeat their race one podium as damage ended their race early.

Up front, Ahmed was on a role, taking positions off Sowery and Das, before chasing after the dominant Pull. The #15 car was determined for his maiden win, but could not hold off Ahmed along the Kemmel Straight.

The battle for fifth turned into a ‘Chadwick Train’, as the Double R Racing driver continued to drop down the order throughout the race, allowing various drivers through. The first of these were the Douglas Motorsport pair, with Callan O’Keeffe hoping to recover after a dismal Friday.

Ahmed would not be caught as Pull was forced to settle for second from Sowery, who took another strong podium. Das dropped to fourth with O’Keeffe and Jordan Cane rounding out the top six.

Behind that, it was Chase Owen who beat Frenchman Tristan Charpentier, as well as Linus Lundqvist from the back row and Chadwick who dropped to tenth.

Ahmed, who will be on pole for race three, said; “Probably the best race of the season so far. We were so much quicker than everyone, passing them so quickly. Hopefully it makes up for yesterday, because my team were giving me a lot of stick for it.”

Reflecting on his first win since Snetterton, “Especially to come from seventh in the reverse grid race, it was mega really.”