Enaam Ahmed is looking forward to the challenge of salvaging his BRDC British Formula 3 Championship weekend on Sunday at Snetterton, after he suffered an unfortunate end to race one on Saturday, rolling out of the encounter at Brundle on the first lap.
After making a strong start and gaining a number of places on the opening circuit, Ahmed was in a fight with his Douglas Motorsport stable-mate Thomas Randle. Ahmed said: “I was trying to pass my team-mate and managed it but he got a run on me down the Bentley Straight and re-passed me. I was on the outside turning into Brundle and I braked as late as I could and we went through side-by-side. We made the slightest of touches as my rear-wheel and his front-wheel made contact and it sent me on to the grass and I dug in and rolled a few times.”
Despite the dramatic looking nature of the accident, Ahmed was almost completely unharmed in the crash. After coming to rest upside down, he was helped by the marshals and medical staff, who righted his car, and he was able to extricate himself and walk away unaided. “It’s a testament to the strength of the car though that I was absolutely fine and it held up pretty well. It was my first roll in my racing career so at least I’ve ticked that off my bucket list. I want to say a big thank you to all the marshals and the medical staff who were superb in making sure I was okay, and then helping me get out of the car,” said the 16-year-old.
Reflecting on the incident, Ahmed states that there will be no ill-feeling within the Douglas Motorsport team and the issue has already been addressed, commenting: “In hindsight I think we would have given each other a bit more room. We’ve discussed it in the team and I think we’ve learned from it and it won’t happen again. These things can happen in motorsport when you are racing at high-speed.”
The 2015 MSA Formula Rookie Champion is now looking to bounce back on Sunday and believes he can get himself towards the front for race three, with the grid for that encounter set by the fastest lap of each driver from across the first two races. The always positive Ahmed said: “We are looking good for tomorrow as we have four new tyres so who knows, maybe we can turn it around for race three!”
Race two gets underway at 10:20 tomorrow (Sunday) and you can follow all the action through live timing and updates on the official BRDC British Formula 3 website.