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Sowery wins British F3 race two after post-race penalty

Monday, May 30 2016

Toby Sowery claimed race two victory at Oulton Park after Enaam Ahmed, who had won on the road, was handed a six-second penalty post-race for a clash with the Lanan Racing man on the second lap.

Starting on pole position by virtue of his eighth-place finish in race one, Ahmed made a clean getaway as the lights went out to lead into Old Hall Corner. Toby Sowery also made a good start from the front-row and he was able to keep second position, but was unable to attack Ahmed for the lead. Meanwhile, Ameya Vaidyanathan, who was uninjured following a huge crash on Saturday, decided to start from the pit lane and let the field go before joining the circuit, in a bid to find clear air in order to set a fast lap for the race three grid. That was the same plan for Fortec Motorsports Tarun Reddy and Double R Racing's Aleksanteri Huovinen.

After the opening lap, Ahmed had opened up a gap of half-a-second over Sowery, but coming through Cascades on the second lap the 16-year-old got sideaways, enabling the Lanan Racing car to close on him. Heading down the Lakeside straight, Sowery moved to the left and then to the right as he looked to find a way past. Contact between Sowery's front-right tyre and Ahmed's rear-left sent the Cambridgeshire racer into the air for a brief moment, before landing on the grass but he was able to recover to the tarmac without losing his position. After the race, Ahmed was handed a six-second penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, thus demoting him to second and handing Sowery the win.

Further back, Chris Dittmann Racing's Quinlan Lall overtook Sean Walkinshaw Racing's Thomas Maxwell for ninth. Brazilian Matheus Leist was also a man on the move as he passed Dane Jan Jonck to move into fourth and he immediately set about closing the gap to his Double R Racing team-mate Enzo Bortoleto in third.

The race then settled into a rhythm and Ahmed continued to extend his lead up front on track, after lap five the advantage 1.698s. Sowery soon had a train of cars behind him, led by Bortoleto, as Leist, Jonck and Colton Herta all followed in close order. He was able to fend them off however as Ahmed continued to press on.

Drivers soon began posting their fastest laps, which sets the grid order for race three, and it was race one winner Ricky Collard that secured pole position with a lap time of 1m30.535s. There was little change in the order and with three laps left Ahmed began to extend his lead yet further, opening it up to 3.812s. He completed the final few laps and took the chequered flag 5.829s clear of Sowery, with Bortoleto in third, before the order of the top-two was reversed post-race. Matheus Leist took fourth with Jan Jonck fifth, ahead of Colton Herta, Thomas Randle and Ricky Collard. The top-10 was completed by Quinlan Lall and Thomas Maxwell.

The third and final race of the weekend gets underway at 14:05 this afternoon with Ricky Collard on pole position, and you can follow all the action through live timing and updates on the official BRDC British F3 website. 

BRDC British F3 - Oulton Park - Race Two Result

1. Toby Sowery, Lanan Racing, 14 Laps
2. Enaam Ahmed, Douglas Motorsport, +0.171s
3. Enzo Bortoleto, Double R Racing, +0.464s
4. Matheus Leist, Double R Racing, +0.832s
5. Jan Jonck, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +1.319s
6. Colton Herta, Carlin, +1.924s
7. Thomas Randle, Douglas Motorsport, +2.628s
8. Ricky Collard, Carlin, +4.520s
9. Quinlan Lall, Chris Dittmann Racing, +5.246s
10. Thomas Maxwell, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +9.663s
11. Eugene Denyssen, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +10.127s
12. Krishnaraaj Mahadik, Chris Dittmann Racing, +10.657s
13. Al Faisal Al Zubair, Fortec Motorsports, +15.585s
14. Ben Hingeley, HHC Motorsport, +16.236s
15. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +16.707s
16. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, +19.195s
17. Jeremy Wahome, Chris Dittmann Racing, +25.106s
18. Ali Al Khalifa, Hillspeed, +30.336s
19. Aleksanteri Huovinen, Double R Racing, +58.285s
20. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Carlin, +1m21.565s
21. Tarun Reddy, Fortec Motorsports, +1 Lap