Ahmed Edges Sowery in Close Battle for Eighth Win

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BRDC British F3 Championship leader Enaam Ahmed took his eighth win of the year after a back-and-forth battle with Toby Sowery in the final race of the weekend. The result stretches his championship lead to 83 points.

It was a strong start for Enaam who maintained his lead along the Kemmel Straight despite pressure from Sowery on the opening lap.

Sowery though would wait another lap and scythe past using the slipstream on the straight. The top two were breaking away though with Ben Hingeley only just able to keep in touch with the leaders.

Callan O’Keeffe had initially settled into fourth, but with older tyres found himself falling back into the clutches of the Carlin drivers and Chase Owen, eventually other drivers joined the train, with the South African dropping down the order, even if he didn’t make it easy for the drivers behind.

Back at the front, the battle between Sowery and Ahmed was far from over, with the Lanan Racing driver weaving along the Kemmel in a vague attempt to hold off Ahmed.

It soon became a question of ‘when’ rather ‘if’ for Ahmed, passing Sowery after an attempt on the sixth lap. Sowery would attempt to fight back, but it was clear the Carlin had greater pace.

Ahmed thus crossed the line for his eighth win of the year. Sowery and Hingeley completed an unsurprising podium.

Behind them, James Pull would be fourth, from Cameron Das, Owen and Linus Lundqvist, who will be proud with seventh on his maiden weekend. Tristan Charpentier, O’Keeffe and Nicolai Kjaergaard completed the top ten.

“It was an awesome race,” started Ahmed. “Toby did a really good job at the beginning, he was much quicker than me. He adapted to the track conditions much better than I did and was taking different lines.

“Once I understood the lines he was taking and where he was gaining time on me, I understood it and was able to catch him up.”