Ahmed Leaves it Late for Narrow Spa-Francorchamps Pole

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It will be Enaam Ahmed who starts on pole for the first BRDC British F3 round at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. The Carlin driver left his lap until the last few minutes with tyre life proving crucial.

Testing yesterday proved that the cars would likely only have one flying lap on new tyres in order to qualify. This meant that it was up to the drivers to find clear air at the right time.

The Double R Racing cars decided to make use of the clear track and were the first to jump up to the top with new boy Linus Lundqvist briefly in pole position. It wasn’t long before Ben Hingeley and Toby Sowery graced the track though, with the pair swapping times up front.

Hingeley would be the first to beat Sowery’s benchmark from yesterday before the Lanan Racing driver took the initiative back. On the other hand, the Carlin’s and the Chris Dittmann Racing crews had stayed in the pits until the late stages, with Ahmed going second on his first run.

A second attempt saw the championship leader take top spot, leaving his rivals to battle it out behind. Sowery would eventually take second, 0.036 behind.

Hingeley was forced to settle for third, but will be happy after a dire Thursday. He’ll be joined on the second row by Guilherme Samaia after his best qualifying of the season.

The third row will be filled by Chase Owen who continues to perform, along with Jordan Cane, who beat teammate Callan O’Keeffe by one place.

Behind them, Tristan Charpentier, Jamie Chadwick and Cameron Das completed the top ten, while Das’s teammate James Pull failed to even set a competitive lap and starts last after a rear track-link failure.