Ahmed Dominates Opening Encounter to Take First Blood at Snetterton

A lights-to-flag domination from Enaam Ahmed saw him take the first chequered flag at Snetterton. As a result he takes an early lead in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy and sets himself up for a strong weekend ahead.

As many people expected it was a strong start for Ahmed as fellow front row starter, Dan Ticktum failed to get a clean start and dropped back. Race rustiness may explain the Double R Racing‘s lack of ability with Joey Mawson inheriting second.

Mawson soon formed a train behind him as Ahmed broke away within the first lap. The best start had been made by Ahmed’s team-mate James Pull, with the Hertfordshire racer leaping up to third in front of Ticktum.

With Callan O’Keeffe proving his pace compared to Ticktum, the pair hounded Pull, trying to force him into a mistake. As it turned out, a mistake was not needed as Ticktum slid through into third after a mere three laps.

In clear air, both Mawson and Ticktum were finding their feet as the Australian set the fastest lap. Despite this, neither were making large inroads on the leader as they established their position.

The race was not going the way of Pull as he lost another position to O’Keeffe. With Tarun Reddy and Marcus Armstrong narrowly behind, the Carlin driver needed a lap without pressure in order to stop the rot.

As the drivers settled into their rhythm, the biggest news was the battle for the lead as Mawson finally closed in on the leader. It proved to be too little too late though as Ahmed held him off to win by 1.6 seconds.

Ticktum completed the podium as O’Keeffe ran a lonely race to come home fourth. This left Pull to narrowly take fifth from Reddy and Armstrong who fell back in the closing laps. The top eight was eventually rounded out by Jamie Caroline in the British F4 drivers maiden F3 race.