Enaam Ahmed and James Pull claimed a Carlin 1-2 in a rain affected BRDC British F3 race at Brands Hatch this afternoon. The two blue cars managed to stay on track as conditions deteriorated following torrential rain, as the field circulated on slick tyres. Cameron Das unfortunately ended his race in the gravel at turn one after closing in on seventh place just before the safety car was scrambled and the race eventually red flagged.
As the lights went out, pole man Ahmed made a lightning start, despite being on the damp side of the grid. Team mate Pull starting from second initially lost out to Ben Hingeley, dropping to P3 on lap one before taking the place back with a fantastic move a lap later. Das meanwhile also lost a place at the start, the fight for seventh leaving him eighth at the end of lap one.
At the front Ahmed and Pull started to pull away, the leading eight dropping the rest of the as Das stayed with the leading pack. With the Carlin duo at the front looking in a league of their own, the race was suddenly turned on its head as the first drops of rain began to fall.
Both determined to take victory, Ahmed and Pull were continuing to push at the front, with Pull closing on his team mate as the race progressed. Conditions however continued to deteriorate, with several cars caught out by the now wet track. Das was one of four cars to end his race in the gravel trap, along with third placed man Hingeley, incidents which necessitated the need for the safety car as the rain became torrential.
Having reached the necessary 75% race distance to allow the allocation of full points, the race was red flagged and so under safety car conditions Ahmed claimed victory and Pull second to strengthen his championship position.
Speaking about his race, Ahmed said, “I got away at the start and managed to build quite a big gap, then it started raining. I didn’t want to take too many risks because of my championship position and James started to close on me pretty quickly. I somehow managed to keep the car on track and then the safety car came out and then they red flagged it. I was really glad they red flagged it to be honest! I’d like to say thanks to the team, really for the hard work and also for giving me the confidence I could do it this weekend.”
Team mate Pull added, “For me I would have like the race to keep going, I was right on Enaam’s crash box and was ready to make a move at turn one when the safety car came out. So it’s really frustrating for me, I feel like I’m getting so close to the win and then can’t grab it! Definitely it’s shame not to have been able to fight for the win, but it’s good for my championship position. The car felt awesome, I had loads of confidence and had no problems to make the move around the outside of Hawthorns on Hingeley so big thanks to the team. I feel like I keep saying it, but that win is just around the corner.”
The BRDC British F3 drivers will have two further races tomorrow.