Ahmed Takes Fifth Victory of the Year after Poor Start

Ahmed took another victory at Snetterton from second on the grid. (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

It was another decisive victory from BRDC British F3 Championship leader Enaam Ahmed who will extend his gap at the top due to a poor result for his nearest rival. The Carlin driver made a poor start, but fought back into the lead at Snetterton before the safety car.

James Pull would line up on pole after a stunning last lap in qualifying saw him beat teammate Ahmed, though it would be Toby Sowery who got the best start, taking second from Ahmed and almost inheriting the lead at the hairpin.

Pull had made a strong start but ran wide at the hairpin allowing Sowery to run alongside into Agostini. The Carlin driver held on though with Ahmed taking second along the Bentley Straight, after finding the momentum.

Another lap and Ahmed was soon past with the safety car being called due to a crash with Omar Ismail at the Nelson turn.

Ismail had started towards the back and was making progress, but got onto the dirty line around Brundle, spinning and launching his car over the high kerbs. It was a heavy hit as the driver landed on the grass, unable to go anywhere further.

Ahmed was quick to break away, as Pull found himself under the scrutiny of Sowery and Callan O’Keeffe who both needed a strong result to help their championship fight. The three team battle proved the pace of the Lanan Racing machine that has picked up a number of technical issues throughout the year.

As for Ben Hingeley, he’d worked his way into fifth on the opening lap, but was unable to maintain his pace, coming under pressure from Cameron Das who will be disappointed to lose ground to Ahmed in the standings.

Ahmed would eventually take the flag as Pull held off Sowery to complete the podium. O’Keeffe recorded a strong fourth from Hingeley, Das, Jamie Chadwick and Jordan Cane, who had been one of the quickest drivers in the second half, only to be held up by Chadwick.

“It was a fantastic race,” said Ahmed. “I didn’t make the best start, but I got past Sowery early on and then it was about out-dragging James on the straight. From there I just pulled away. It was a great result, I can’t believe it.”