British F3 2017: A Year In Photos
The 2017 BRDC British F3 season proved a historic one, as Enaam Ahmed broke records on his way to clinching the championship. As the festive season kicks into gear, we look back on the year with some of the top shots from a dramatic campaign.
Starting off with three in a row
Ahmed started his season with three victories in a row, but it was Toby Sowery who led the first race initially, with Cameron Das securing the first pole of the year. But Ahmed fought his way through to start his season in near perfect style!
Das breaks the run
Ahmed took his fourth win in a row in the opening race at Rockingham, but team mate Das broke his stranglehold on the early stages of the season with victory in race two at the Northamptonshire speedbowl.
Five and six for Ahmed, and a debut surprise
Enaam Ahmed took his fifth and sixth wins of the year at Snetterton, but it was debutant Jordan Cane who stole the headlines with a victory in race two, just his second race in the series.
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Sowery stuns at Silverstone
Toby Sowery was the man to beat at Silverstone, taking his only two wins of the year in races one and three, while Ben Hingeley claimed his first victory of 2017 in race two. This was to be Ahmed’s least successful weekend of the year, but even then he still took a second and a third!
Ahmed’s first qualifying pole and another double
Sowery’s double at Silverstone closed the championship standings up heading to the majestic Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. But at the legendary venue, Ahmed not only claimed his first qualifying pole position, but also his third double win of the year.
A shock win for an F3-returnee as Ahmed hits 10
Next up was the Brands Hatch GP circuit, where Ahmed claimed another double win to put the title within reach. But one of the biggest talking points was a win for Krishnaraaj Mahadik, making his return to the series with Double R Racing. Mahadik finished second on the road in race two, but Toby Sowery was excluded from the results after post-race scrutineering, leaving a delighted Krishnaraaj with his first F3 win.
Ahmed’s day of destiny
A fourth double win of the year at Brands Hatch left Enaam Ahmed needing just a solid weekend at Snetterton to claim the 2017 BRDC British F3 Championship title. But ‘solid’ wasn’t Ahmed’s way in 2017, and of course yet another double win ensured he claimed the title with three races still remaining! His celebrations were something special too…!
The crowning moment
Not content with 12 wins in a season, Ahmed was determined to continue racking up silverware at the final weekend of the season at Donington Park. Ben Hingeley and Jordan Cane took wins in the first two races, but Ahmed’s 13th win of the season, in the final race of the year was one of his more spectacular, constantly challenging team mate Cameron Das and eventually pulling off a late braking move at the Melbourne Hairpin to end the season in style. Moments later he was picking up his championship trophy, which seemed to have his name etched on it, almost from the word go!