Ahmed Fights for Opening Race Victory at a Wet Oulton

Ahmed took the honours by 2.8 sec. (Credit: JEP)

After a race long battle, Enaam Ahmed came out on top in the first BRDC British F3 race at Oulton Park. The Carlin driver, who won the first race last year will be hoping the year continues in the same vein after falling off last season.

It was a great start for Toby Sowery who started to pull away from Ahmed. The Carlin’s though were not prepared to let the 2016 race winner get away, remaining within a second of the leader.

Polesitter Cameron Das failed to make a clean getaway, falling to fifth on the opening lap as he was swamped by his teammates going into Old Hall. Behind them, Ben Hingeley slowly dropped away, with the Brit coming under increasing pressure from the American polesitter.

Das diced for a few laps, but both were already seven seconds back, unable to challenge the leaders, thus costing them a chance at a podium later on.

With three minutes left on the clock, Ahmed finally made the lunge on Sowery into Old Hall. Sowery cut back inside, but was edged onto the grass, rolling over the grass down Lakeside.

Ahmed took the initiative and the flag with James Pull following closely over the line. Sowery limped back to collect the final podium place, frustrated to have not been able to challenge for the win.

Hingeley eventually came out on top in the tussle for fourth as Das and Harry Hayek completed the top six. Hayek hadn’t made much of an impact during the race, but kept out of trouble to clinch his first points on British soil.