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Ahmed wins final British F3 race of the weekend at Snetterton

Monday, March 28 2016

Douglas Motorsport's Enaam Ahmed drove a composed race to take victory in the final encounter of the BRDC British F3 weekend at Snetterton. After jumping pole-sitter Toby Sowery into the first corner, Ahmed held off the Lanan Racing man as he tried in vain to regain top spot with Carlin's Lando Norris finishing third.

After the earlier inclement weather, beautiful sunshine rained down on the Norfolk circuit as all 21 cars on the British F3 grid were released from the pit lane and headed to the grid. Owing to posting the fastest lap from across the first two races of the weekend, Toby Sowery started from pole position with Ahmed for company alongside him on the front-row.

As the lights went out to start the race, it was the 2015 MSA Formula rookie champion who made the best getaway from second and he pulled alongside Sowery heading down to the first corner, and swept around the outside turning in to take the lead. The rest of the field made it through the first lap safely as Sowery attempted to catch the back of Ahmed and challenge for top spot.

Race one winner Lando Norris was crawling all over the back of race two victor Matheus Leist and on lap three managed to take third. The Carlin man was soon up with both Ahmed and Sowery, making it a three-way fight for the lead. In a fascinating encounter, Leist was able to close back up to Norris and Australian Thomas Randle, having passed Sean Walkinshaw Racing's Thomas Maxwell for fifth, came with him.

At the halfway stage, just under two seconds covered the leading quintet as further back, Ricky Collard was making good progress having started 19th. He would eventually complete a strong recovery drive to finishing eighth.

As the race entered its closing stages, Sowery closed right up on to the back of Ahmed, peeking down the inside of the Douglas car heading into the first turn on a number of occasions, but sadly for the Lanan man he was unable to make a move. After 10 laps, the chequered flag flew and it was Ahmed who saw it first, ahead of Sowery, Norris, Leist and Randle.

Aleksanteri Huovinen finished sixth with Ngebulana seventh, ahead of Collard, Maxwell and Carlin's Ameya Vaidyanathan. With race three victory, Enaam Ahmed takes the championship lead leaving Snetterton with 81 points, with Norris seven points behind in second, with Sowery scoring a healthy 70 points to sit third.

The next rounds of the 2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship takes place on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch on April 16/17.

BRDC British Formula 3 - Snetterton - Race Three 

1. Enaam Ahmed, Douglas Motorsport, 10 Laps
2. Toby Sowery, Lanan Racing, +0.480s
3. Lando Norris, Carlin, +0.821s
4. Matheus Leist, Double R Racing, +1.553s
5. Thomas Randle, Douglas Motorsport, +2.004s
6. Aleksanteri Huovinen, Double R Racing, +2.630s
7. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +4.805s
8. Ricky Collard, Carlin, +19.656s
9. Thomas Maxwell, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +20.473s
10. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Carlin, +20.955s
11. Enzo Bortoleto, Double R Racing, +21.374s
12. Tarun Reddy, Fortec Motorsports, +22.431s
13. Al Faisal Al Zubair, Fortec Motorsports, +25.086s
14. Quinlan Lall, Chris Dittmann Racing, +26.002s
15. Eugene Denyssen, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +26.569s
16. Omar Ismail, HHC Motorsport, +26.845s
17. Paul Sieljes, Chris Dittmann Racing, +27.273s
18. Akhil Rabindra, Lanan Racing, +32.707s
19. Jeremy Wahome, Chris Dittmann Racing, +32.883s
20. Jan Jonck, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +48.236s
DNF. Ben Hingeley, HHC Motorsport, +4 Laps