Carlin drivers Enaam Ahmed, Cameron Das and James Pull concluded the Brands Hatch round of the BRDC British Championship on a high this afternoon claiming their second podium lock-out of the season. In a weekend where the Surrey based squad claimed seven from a possible nine podiums, Ahmed further extended his lead in the drivers’ standings, with Pull moving into second place. Das recovered well from an engine issue on Saturday to claim second in the final race of the weekend today.
Today’s reverse grid race saw Pull the highest classed Carlin driver on the road in third place, Ahmed fourth and Das 12th. The exclusion of race winner Toby Sowery for an unintentional technical infringement saw Pull elevated to second, Ahmed to third and Das 11th.
Fastest laps from race one and race three set the grid for the third and final race of the weekend. Ahmed lined up on pole while Das started second after finally being able to show his true pace in race two. Pull ensured he was in contention from a fifth place grid slot.
As the lights went out for the final time this weekend, Ahmed made the perfect getaway, followed into Paddock Hill Bend by team mate Das. Pull meanwhile had wasted no time in making up places, jumping from fifth to third on the first lap.
The race continued relatively uneventfully for the Carlin trio, the only challenge to the top three coming from Callum O’Keeffe who briefly looked close to Pull in the early stages. After Pull managed to pull out a gap, the three blue Carlin cars crossed the line in formation to claim the team’s first podium lock-out since Oulton Park in April.
Speaking about his 10th win of the season, Ahmed said “Big thanks to everyone at Carlin, who have supported me and given me such confidence this weekend. Every lap of the last race I treated it like a qualifying session, because I know as I move up into FIA Formula 3 you have to push every lap. I gave it my all every lap, which is an approach I’ve wanted to work on and I managed to get a good gap. It would be amazing to wrap up the title at Snetterton, but let’s see how it goes.”
Team mate Das added, “I’m really happy with the final result this weekend. We faced a lot of adversity this weekend, but despite it, we moved up a place in the points and earned a podium. Huge thanks to Carlin for working incredibly hard to replace my engine in just over an hour to keep me in the running yesterday! Also a big thanks to my sponsors Expedia, Red Lion Hotels and Autobahn Indoor Speedway for once again providing me with this opportunity.”
Pull, who claimed three out of three podiums this weekend said, “It’s been a positive weekend really; three podiums is very good. It’s a shame it seems that each weekend I don’t quite manage to get that win, but I think one more corner this weekend in race one I could have done it! Nevertheless is has been a very big points haul for us, I managed to move into second in the points and pull a bit of a gap on Toby [Sowery] and Ben [Hingeley], with the aim to be able to challenge Enaam. The next two rounds are going to be really exciting I think. The car was strong once again and we know we have good pace at Snetterton and Donington, so I’m looking forward to the end of the season. Leaving Brands Hatch, I’ve got to be happy with three podiums.”