Ahmed Battles Past Sowery for Spa Double
BRDC British F3 Championship leader Enaam Ahmed claimed his second win of the day in the final race of the weekend at Spa Francorchamps, after battling his way past title rival Toby Sowery with three laps remaining. It’s been an almost perfect weekend for Ahmed, with a second place in race one, to go with his win from earlier today. Sowery finished second ahead of Ben Hingeley.
James Pull claimed fourth place ahead of team mate Cameron Das, while Chase Owen secured sixth. Linus Lundqvist completed a strong debut F3 weekend with seventh place, with Tristan Charpentier, Callan O’Keeffe and Nicolai Kjaergaard completing the top-10.
Pole sitter Ahmed made a good start to lead into the first corner, and held a 0.3 second lead at the end of lap one. But Sowery refused to let him go and made use of a good slipstream going down the Kemmel straight on lap two to blast into the lead.
However, Sowery wasn’t able to pull out a comfortable enough gap and Ahmed challenged the Lanan driver several times down the Kemmel straight, with Sowery resisting until lap seven when the Carlin driver was able to squeeze by before Les Combes. Sowery tried around the outside by Ahmed had it covered to claim his second win of the weekend by 0.7 seconds.
Hingeley’s third place was the result of a strong opening lap, where he overtook three cars to climb onto the podium to make up for the disappointment of race two. James Pull improved one place on his grid position with a decent overtake on Callan O’Keeffe, who ran as high as third early on, but was picked off by Das, Owen, Lundqvist and Charpentier before the end of the race and finished ninth. Chase Owen improved three places on his grid position, while series newcomer Lundqvist again showed good race craft to climb to seventh from 10th on the grid.
Race winner Ahmed commented: “Toby was much quicker than me at the start of the race and was taking slightly different lines, as I think track conditions changed after the British GT race. He seemed to adapt to it quicker than I did but I was able to catch him slowly and he was running lower downforce so it was hard to get him on the straight, so I had to maximize sector two. But once I was able to get a good exit from turn one I was able to just about catch him and then pass him.
“The team did a mega job this weekend because we were slow after Silverstone and were struggling at long high speed tracks. We found a solution and they did a mega job to get me out and give me a competitive car for this weekend. It’s been a fantastic weekend for the championship and I couldn’t have asked for better!”
Ahmed’s near perfect weekend means his championship lead has extended to 82 points. Sowery has moved up to second, with Pull in third, eight points clear of race one winner Hingeley. The BRDC British F3 field are back in action at Brands Hatch in four weeks time.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Spa Francorchamps, race three result:
1. Enaam Ahmed, Carlin, 9 laps
2. Toby Sowery, Lanan Racing, +0.797s
3. Ben Hingeley, Fortec Motorsports, +4.441s
4. James Pull, Carlin, +6.272s
5. Cameron Das, Carlin, +7026s
6. Chase Owen, Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing, +7.905s
7. Linus Lundqvist, Double R Racing, +9.466s
8. Tristan Charpentier, Chris Dittmann Racing, +10.001s
9. Callan O’Keeffe, Douglas Motorsport, +12.547s
10. Nicolai Kjaergaard, Fortec Motorsports, +13.241s
11. Jamie Chadwick, Double R Racing, +13.873s
12. Guilherme Samaia, Double R Racing +17.047s
13. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, +21.029s
14. Nick Worm, Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing +27.905s
15. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports +1m56.975s
DNF. Jordan Cane, Douglas Motosport, +2 laps
DNF. Jeremy Wahome, Chris Dittmann Racing, +6 laps