Sowery Fights Through Pack for Dramatic Reverse Grid Win


Credit: BRDC British F3 Media

A strong fight back from sixth on the grid saw Toby Sowery take BRDC British F3 Championship race two at Brands Hatch. The Lanan Racing driver kept out of trouble at the start and worked his way past the competition before a safety car interrupted proceedings.

The reverse grid event saw Krishnaraaj Mahadik on pole as a result of his eighth place in yesterday’s event. It had been a relatively poor getaway from Mahadik, but kept the lead on the run up to Druids.

It had been Nicolai Kjaergaard in second, but contact with Jeremy Wahome saw the Dane spin at the top of the hill, collecting Jordan Cane, who locked wheels and jumped over the front of the Fortec Motorsport driver. All cars continued, but Cane, Kjaergaard and Cameron Das, who picked up a puncture from the excursion all took to the pits.

This allowed Mahadik to pull away as a queue formed behind Wahome. Sowery was the first to make it past and was quick to set fastest laps as James Pull found it harder to make his way past the Chris Dittmann Racing driver.

It wasn’t long before Sowery was past Mahadik, taking the lead into Druids.

A failed overtake from Pull allowed Hingeley through, but the Welshman was unable to make his attempt stick and ran off into the gravel, with Wahome losing a number of places as a result. Elsewhere, a safety car was called as Guilherme Samaia beached himself in the forest section.

At the restart, Sowery was quick to break away, with Mahadik able to hold off the challenge from Pull, for a surprising podium on his first weekend back.

Enaam Ahmed appeared to have race long car issues, though came through to fourth with Omar Ismail finishing ahead of teammate Wahome. Rounding out the top eight would be Jamie Chadwick and Chase Owen, who had been involved in the first corner incident but recovered for strong points.

Fastest laps mean that Sowery will be on pole for race three with Ahmed and Das his nearest challengers behind. Ahmed still leads the series by 86 points.

“Sixth to first, it’s the same as we did last year. I’m really happy with how it panned out in the end, especially with fastest lap as well.” said Sowery to TCF.