The first BRDC British F3 race of the year yielded strong results for the Carlin team today, as Enaam Ahmed claimed the first victory of the season and was followed home by team mate James Pull in second place at Oulton Park. Pole man Cameron Das lost out at the start but came home in a strong fifth place in his first ever BRDC F3 race.
With rain in the air at the Cheshire circuit today, the drivers started the first of three races on wet Pirelli tyres. The slippery conditions caught many drivers out, and as the lights went out, Das dropped down the order, allowing Toby Sowery into the lead.
With Das running in fifth, Ahmed had moved up to second, and was staying close behind leader Sowery. Pull meanwhile was only just behind his team mate, in the final podium spot of third. Showing the pace that had claimed him pole position on Saturday, Das was on a charge and pushing Ben Hingeley hard for fourth place as the race settled into a steady rhythm.
Pull was also on the pace, setting the fastest lap of the race early on, although that would be bettered by Ahmed who had a race win in his sights as he closed in on Sowery. The gap was never more than half a second, with Ahmed getting it down to 0.2s on lap six before Sowery managed to pull away again.
Never one to give up, Ahmed made another charge for the lead, challenging Sowery around the outside of turn one before going up the inside in the run into Cascades. As Sowery tried to defend and ran wide, Ahmed stormed through to take the lead, with Pull also seizing the opportunity to claim second. Das was also on the attack, fighting to the end to take fourth from Hingeley but couldn’t quite make the move stick.
At the chequered flag, it was Ahmed who claimed the victory, with Pull just behind him in second and Das fifth.
Speaking about his race, Ahmed said, “Thanks to everyone at Carlin, the car was awesome! I was catching Sowery, but I waited for my opportunity and when he left the door open I went for it. We also got the fastest lap of the race, which is just a fantastic start to the season.”
Team mate Pull added, “It was a really fun race. I had a really good start and got up to third, then I just stayed close to Enaam and Toby [Sowery]. Toby made a mistake and I capitalised on it to take second. I can’t wait for the next race!”
The second race of the day will take place at 14.30.