Ahmed and Pull Take Carlin 1-2 at Spa
All three Carlin drivers put in stunning performances around the Spa-Francorchamps circuit today in race two of the weekend in the BRDC British F3 Championship. Enaam Ahmed and James Pull provided one of the highlights with a penultimate lap battle for the lead, with Ahmed coming out on top to take his seventh win of the team season. Pull followed close behind to take second place with Cameron Das just missing out on the podium in fourth.
Pull started today’s reverse grid race from pole position having finished eighth in yesterday’s race one, with Das just behind him in the second placed grid slot and Ahmed seventh, following his second place finish yesterday. At the start, both Pull and Das maintained the position with Pull immediately pulling out a gap to preserve his position. Behind the leading duo Ahmed was making quick progress and was soon up to fifth place.
While Pull controlled the pace at the front, Ahmed was making further progress, taking fourth place to close in on Toby Sowery for third. A few minutes later and Ahmed had the move made, claiming third place and was quickly closing on team mate Das.
Pull meanwhile was maintaining a 2.5 second gap to the cars behind, leading a Carlin 1-2-3 as Das and Ahmed battled over second place. Ahmed finally found a way past Das, who fell into the clutches of Sowery, who had been closing on the battling pair. As Ahmed set off in pursuit of Pull, Das tried hard to fend off Sowery, but lost out as Sowery found a way past relegating the Carlin man to fourth.
At the front the battle for the lead was intensifying as Ahmed closed the gap to Pull. On the penultimate lap Ahmed passed his team mate for the lead, and continued to the chequered flag to take his seventh victory of the season. Pull was a strong second place to strengthen his championship position with Das fourth.
Speaking about his race, Ahmed said, “We were really fast in this race. The car felt great, that’s what I call a blue arrow! It was a fun fight through the field. We’re aiming to finish the weekend off with another strong result in race three this afternoon.”
Team mate Pull added, “I really wasn’t expecting to be on the podium today after yesterday’s qualifying session, but obviously race one yesterday was awesome. In race two today I got a great start and was able to build a big gap over Cameron and I knew I just had to stay as consistent as possible. Most the race was really good but Enaam was just much faster once he got in my tow, at which point I really couldn’t do anything. It’s a shame to lead for the majority of the race and lose it, so naturally I’m disappointed with P2 but at the same it’s obviously not an awful result either.”
The third and final race of the weekend will take place at 14.20 local time with Ahmed starting from pole, Das fourth and Pull fifth.