Having been the star of the first BRDC Formula 4 race of the weekend, it was a bump down to earth for Omar Ismail after he achieved a seventh placed finish in race two for the Chris Dittmann Racing team.
The reverse grid means he had to start the second race from eighth on the grid, the start was not optimistic and an incident in the race saw him drop a few positions to twelfth after four laps. When talking the TCF after the race, he said;
“I struggled in wet conditions, especially because I had no wet testing to go on. I struggled at the start as well, I lost a few places to those behind, so it was a tough race from there.”
Like the competition, Ismail had decided to stick with wet tyres rather than taking the gamble on slicks. As it turned out, the slicks were quicker at the end of the race, with both slick runners, team mate Tom Jackson and Jack Bartholomew, finishing first and third respectively.
“We decided to go with what the rest of the pack had chosen as it would be the safer option. I had some damage on the bodywork which also slowed me down.”
He was also asked about his prospects for race three, saying that; “I feel I have a good chance. We’ll have an even playing field on a wet and drying track.”
This is Ismail’s second BRDC Formula 4 weekend, as a result he’ll be hoping to keep up the performance for the rest of the season. He remained open about his options for 2016 though.
“We’ll see what this season produces. I have a few options from a few different teams, so I’ll have to assess my options for next year.”
One of his race challengers was Ameya Vaidyanathan, who would later recieve a penalty dropping him down to sixteenth in the standings overall, having finshed ninth.