Enaam Ahmed made it three out of three wins in the opening event of the 2017 BRDC British F3 Championship today. The 17-year-old driver led from lights to flag and claimed his third fastest lap of the weekend to lead home a Carlin 1-2-3. Cameron Das topped off an eventful debut weekend in the main BRDC F3 Series, taking a close second place, with James Pull taking his second podium of the weekend in third.
A short delay to the final race of the weekend meant it was a late race for the British F3 drivers when the race finally got underway just after six o’clock this evening. Leading the field onto the grid was Ahmed, with team mate Das just behind in the second grid slot. Pull started from fifth.
When the lights went out, Ahmed made the perfect getaway and was closely followed by Das into the first corner. Pull had already made up one place into fourth place. Pull continued to make progress, with a fantastic move at turn one to pass Omar Ismail for third place on lap two.
It was a relatively uneventful race from there for the Carlin trio, although Das kept Ahmed honest, running on average just 0.5 seconds behind his team mate for the majority of the race. In an attempt to keep his team mate at a safe distance, Ahmed picked up the pace, setting his third fastest lap of the weekend on lap nine to pull away by 1.3 seconds.
At the chequered flag Ahmed made it a hat-trick, claiming his third win of the weekend, 1.8 seconds ahead of team mate Das, who in turn had Pull close behind, completing an all Carlin podium.
Speaking about the team’s weekend, Trevor Carlin said, “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the British F3 season. All three drivers have done a fantastic job, and Enaam’s achievement of three race wins and three fastest laps is beyond any of our expectations. The team have been working so hard back at the factory over the winter and I couldn’t be more proud of the start they’ve made to 2017.”