With one round to spare Carlin’s Enaam Ahmed has already wrapped up to the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship. The British racer has so far taken an impressive total of 12 wins and can still add to his tally this weekend with the final outing of the season taking place at Donington Park. We caught up with Ahmed to find out about his season so far and what taking the Championship victory meant to him……
How did you feel going in to the weekend knowing that you could become Champion with one round spare?
I had the same attitude for that race as I have had throughout the whole season; it was great to know that it would be possible with three races still left to run but I approached it in exactly the same way that I’ve done all season long. I was just making sure that I raced well, collected those points and waited to see what the outcome was at the end of the weekend. As it was, we did it an amazing job and wrapped up the 2017 title with a round to spare.
Did you believe you could do it that weekend or were there any doubts?
I believed I could do it because the gap I had was so big but I was still going for poles and wins that weekend. You always think it’s possible, but you have to make sure that you still have a strong weekend to make it happen.
You dominated with an impressive tally of wins throughout the 2017 season, is there one win that stands out as your best?
I think the reverse grid race at Spa is one that really stands out for me. I started in seventh on the grid and had the race of my life to take the win! That was a really great feeling around such an iconic track too.
What do you feel your biggest challenge to overcome this season was?
The race weekend at Silverstone was quite tough because we didn’t seem to be quite as competitive as the Lanan Racing cars so I felt as though I really had to dig deep to do the lap that I did in qualifying.
You had two strong team mates pushing you along throughout the season, how much of a help was that?
Both James [Pull] and Cameron [Das] were pushing me all the way from the very start – particularly in pre-season testing we were really close out there. After that I had to find the time within myself and was able to really make the most of the season knowing that both my Carlin team mates were always close behind.
What does winning the BRDC British Formula Three Championship mean to you?
It means a lot because I’ve put a lot of hard work in to win a title in car racing so to do it this season with a great number of victories too is very special. The start of my career racing was pretty hard so it feels amazing to be back on top and have this great achievement under my belt.
In the weeks since winning you’ve tested an FIA Formula Three car, talk us through that experience.
It was such a great experience, the car felt amazing and as if it was on rails. The speed it carries through the corners was incredible and I’d love to experience that again sometime soon! I just want to say a big thanks to the team for making it happen.
You have one more round of the season upcoming, how will you be approaching that?
It’s going to be a case of maximum attack again and I’m not going to take any prisoners. I’ve still got the hunger to do the job well because I want to end the season on a real high and aim to get another win in the bag!
The final round of the 2017 BRDC British Formula Three Championship at Donington gets underway with qualifying and the first race of the weekend on Saturday and two further races on Sunday.