Enaam Ahmed has created BRDC British Formula 3 Championship history by becoming the series’ youngest-ever champion, after claiming his 12th win of the 2017 season in a dominant weekend at Snetterton.
The 17-year-old asserted his authority over the rest of the field during the opening weekend of the campaign at Oulton Park – where he scored a record-breaking hat-trick of victories – and has led the championship ever since, taking at least one win at every round barring Silverstone.
Ahmed continued his supreme form with a further two wins at the penultimate round at Snetterton to take his tally for the season up to 12, matching the total triple F1 world champion Ayrton Senna achieved during his own title-winning campaign in the original British F3 series in 1983.
Having topped all four practice sessions on Friday, Enaam stormed to his third pole position in a row by 0.4s, before sealing a commanding lights-to-flag victory in the opening race of the weekend on Saturday ahead of Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Starting eighth in the partially-reversed grid race, Ahmed made early progress on the opening lap when Carlin teammates James Pull and Cameron Das clashed. The BRDC Rising Star made short work of passing Jamie Chadwick on the second lap to snatch sixth and later relegated Krishnaraaj Mahadik down the order on lap eight to claim fifth, a position he would hold until the chequered flag.
That result put Enaam within touching distance of wrapping up the title in the weekend finale, with the youngster boasting a staggering lead of 125 points with only 130 left available. Ahmed was due to start Sunday’s final race from second, but a five-place grid penalty handed to Das for the race two incident promoted the Briton onto pole position.
Despite knowing he only needed to finish the race in order to clinch the championship, Enaam maintained his lead at the start and held off the advances of rival Sowery to prevail. With nearest challenger Pull only able to salvage seventh place after starting 11th on the grid, Ahmed secured the title in emphatic style with three races still remaining.
The 2017 BRDC British F3 Championship is Enaam’s second title in the space of a year, adding to his BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy success at the back-end of 2016.
Fresh from being crowned champion following his race three triumph, Enaam said: “It’s surreal, I’ve been in this championship for two years and it means a lot to me to win the title, especially to do it with Carlin as they’re such a prestigious team. It wouldn’t have been possible without the people around me, my mum and dad, my coach Roberto, Andy from AW Performance. I’m really thankful and now I move on to my next challenge.”
Having equalled Senna’s win tally, Ahmed has now set his sights on matching Jan Magnussen’s all-time record of 14 wins in a single season from 1994.
“It’s pretty amazing to be an F3 champion alongside some of the great names of motorsport,” he continued. “To match [Ayrton] Senna’s record of 12 wins is pretty special for me and it’s the icing on the cake this weekend. I now want to try and get 14 wins and match [Jan] Magnussen’s British F3 win total!”
Enaam will have the opportunity to try and tie Magnussen’s long-standing feat at the final three races of the 2017 season at Donington Park on September 23-24th.
Press Release by Lewis Larkam