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Brazilian Leist storms to race two win from 10th on the grid

Monday, March 28 2016

Double R Racing’s Matheus Leist produced a stunning performance to take victory in a delayed second race of the weekend at Snetterton, as he rose from 10th on the grid to claim the win ahead of Enaam Ahmed and Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery.

After Storm Katie had wreaked havoc with the day’s timetable, the second BRDC British F3 race of the weekend got underway at Snetterton mid-afternoon, with Double R’s Enzo Bortoleto starting from pole position due to his eighth place from race one. He was joined on the front-row by Sean Walkinshaw Racing’s Jan Jonck as they lined up on the grid to await the lights.

From the start, Bortoleto got away cleanly but behind Douglas Motorsport’s Ahmed and Brazilian Leist made monumental getaways as Ahmed moved into second and challenged Bortoleto for the lead, whilst Leist jumped to fourth from 10th.

Ahmed and Jonck became involved in a storming battle with each other as the field headed on to its second lap, which enabled Leist to close on the pair. Bortoleto was not much further ahead of the trio and Ahmed was soon past Jonck but as he challenged for the lead, the pair made contact and Leist found a way through the mess to take the lead.

Further back, Carlin’s Ricky Collard, Fortec’s Tarun Reddy and HHC’s Omar Ismail all came to grief which led to the deployment of the safety car after a frantic two-and-a-half laps of racing. After a lengthy clean up, the race got back underway with just over five minutes remaining.

Controlling the restart well, Leist managed to maintain an advantage over Ahmed in second as Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery challenged Bortoleto for the final podium spot. Coming down the Bentley Straight, Sowery found a way past the Brazilian and set about closing down Ahmed ahead. Sisa Ngebulana moved into the top-six as the field headed on to the ninth and final lap, with Leist leading by 1.836s.

Yesterday’s race winner Lando Norris, having risen to fifth, dropped down to sixth as Ngebulana and Huovinen both passing the 16-year-old. The Finn, who finished second in race one on Sunday, claimed fourth place from the South African Ngebulana on the last lap to continue his good start to the 2016 championship. Up front, Leist came home untroubled by 1.421s from Ahmed, with Sowery finishing third but setting the fastest lap from across the first two races, which gives him pole for the final encounter of the weekend in Norfolk.

After Norris in sixth came Sean Walkinshaw Racing’s Thomas Maxwell, pole man Bortoleto, with Thomas Randle rising from 20th to claim ninth and Jan Jonck rounding out the top-10.
The final race of the weekend gets underway at 17:20 and you can follow all the action through live timing and updates on the official British F3 website.

BRDC British Formula 3 – Snetterton – Race Two Top-10

1. Matheus Leist, Double R Racing, 9 Laps
2. Enaam Ahmed, Douglas Motorsport, +1.421s
3. Toby Sowery, Lanan Racing, +2.408s
4. Aleksanteri Huovinen, Double R Racing, +8.112s
5. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +8.581s
6. Lando Norris, Carlin, +8.780s
7. Thomas Maxwell, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +10.053s
8. Enzo Bortoleto, Double R Racing, +10.795s
9. Thomas Randle, Douglas Motorsport, +10.880s
10. Jan Jonck, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +11.271s
11. Al Faisal Al Zubair, Fortec Motorsports, +13.815s
12. Quinlan Lall, Chris Dittmann Racing, +14.214s
13. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, +15.863s
14. Ben Hingeley, HHC Motorsport, +16.284s
15. Paul Sieljes, Chris Dittmann Racing, +19.946s
16. Jeremy Wahome, Chris Dittmann Racing, +20.760s
17. Eugene Denyssen, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +1 Lap
18. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Carlin, +1 Lap
DNF. Ricky Collard, Carlin, +8 Laps
DNF. Tarun Reddy, Fortec Motorsports, +8 Laps
DNF. Omar Ismail, HHC Motorsport, +8 Laps