Enaam Ahmed: Interview with an Autumn trophy champion
After three hard-fought races, it was Carlin’s Enaam Ahmed that rose above the rest to claim the 2016 Duo BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy title at Snetterton. Ahmed’s success was built on a stunning Saturday pole position which was then converted into race one victory. A runner-up finish in race two preceded another win in race three and he secured the Autumn Trophy crown, 17 points ahead of Australian Joey Mawson.
“It feels really, really good,” exclaimed Ahmed when asked his feelings on capturing the Autumn Trophy title. “It feels great to win a title this year so it is really special to me,” he continued to enthuse.
Ahmed believes his success was all the more sweet due to the high-quality field that had been assembled for the one-weekend championship in Norfolk. “It was a really tough weekend as we had a lot of strong drivers including Joey Mawson, Dan Ticktum, Marcus Armstrong and Callan O’Keeffe. They are all great drivers who have proved themselves in European racing so it was really tough to beat them and I had to up my game quite a lot to beat them,” Ahmed said.
After celebrating with his Carlin team, Ahmed paid tribute to those who helped him win the title: “I learned a lot from racing against them and I can’t really thank enough my Dad and my sponsor for getting me to this weekend as it was a proper tough four days. I also want to say thanks to Carlin for putting together such an amazing car and I couldn’t be happier.”
Ahmed admits that the delay due to fog, with qualifying and race four being abandoned, was difficult and that race three presented an unusual proposition. “It was relatively scarily when we started the race as there was quite a lot fog. It was difficult waiting throughout the day but the team kept me cool, kept me updated on the situation and all I had to do was go on track and drive as fast as I could. I think I just about managed to do that ahead of Joey in the third and final race,” he commented.
After a successful first season in British F3, Ahmed believes that the Duo BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy will really help heading into 2017 and is a great opportunity for drivers looking to enter the championship to gain valuable seat time. “I really want to thank the championship for putting together such a good event as it was good to race in the winter and we got so much mileage in such a short amount of time. It is really good preparation for drivers like me heading into next year and allows you to bond with a new team. We shall see how it goes next year but I will be seeing you on the grid!”