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Three wins, three fastest laps. Sizzling start to the season by Enaam Ahmed.
The 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 season got underway at Oulton Park, in the beautiful lush green Cheshire countryside. All three races of the weekend were held on Monday, April 17, following damage to safety barrier during the Mini Challenge race earlier in the weekend.
Young American racer from Baltimore Cameron Das, the 2016 US Formula 4 Champion, grabbed the pole for the first race of the season.
Das had a ‘Lewis from 2016-season moment’ and was unable to lead the race due to wheel spin. His Carlin teammate Enaam Ahmed took up the charge to hunt down race leader Toby Sowery. With less than five minutes remaining, Enaam was side-by-side with Toby as they approached Cascades, a lock-up and a trip through the gravel trap by Toby handed the lead and victory to Enaam.
The GP2-style reverse grid put Enaam eighth on the grid for the second race. Carnage on the opening lap saw several casualties, including Sowery. A spin by pole man and race leader Omar Ismail elevated Enaam to second place before the race was red flagged.
He made a quick getaway at the restart and took victory again, this time over teammate James Pull. Enaam’s fastest lap gave him pole for the third and final race of the opening round, which he won with ease, and shared the podium with his Carlin teammates, Das was second and Pull third.
An elated Enaam said after the race, “I didn’t think it was really possible to win three races in a weekend, but it is a really good way to start the season. I can’t thank the guys at Carlin enough.”
Enaam leads the championship with 95 points. Pull is second with 71 points, and Das third with 63.
Second round of the British F3 is this coming weekend at Rockingham.