Enaam Ahmed and Cameron Das claimed a double podium in race one of the 2017 BRDC British F3 championship finale at Donington this afternoon. Newly crowned champion Ahmed piled the pressure on race leader Ben Hingeley throughout the race, but it wasn’t quite enough to take his 13th victory of the season. Das followed Ahmed home to boost his championship standings, with James Pull a close fourth place after a lightning start.
As the lights went out for the first time this weekend, Ahmed immediately put Hingeley under pressure, but was forced to slot back into second behind the lead. Das made a quick start to run third, but it was Pull who made up the most places, moving up four spots to file behind his team mates in fourth place.
In a relatively uneventful race the order remained unchanged at the front, with the leading quartet trading fastest laps throughout the early stages. At the flag, the Carlin trio maintained position, with Ahmed second, Das third and Pull fourth.
Speaking about his second place, Ahmed said, “It was a good race, I was pushing to stay with Ben [Hingeley] and try and force him into a mistake, but he drove really well and didn’t make one. I stayed with him but we could only get P2 today but a good result so thanks to the team.”
Completing the podium for Carlin, Das commented, “I’m really happy to start off the weekend with a podium. The pace is looking top notch, so pole position is definitely a possibility for race three tomorrow. Huge thanks to the Carlin crew for their hard work this weekend.”
Pull added, “The race was a pretty good recovery after a disappointing qualifying session. I overtook four cars on the first lap. After that I tried to get my head down to get a good lap in, and catch Cam [Das]. I managed to catch him but I made a tiny mistake while trying to undercut him on the last lap which meant I couldn’t battle him for the podium. But overall I’m happy to have recovered from that qualifying session!”
The BRDC British F3 drivers will take part in the final two races of the season tomorrow.