British F3 has enjoyed a year of intense on-track fights so far this season, and the leading drivers head to Snetterton this weekend with the Championship in the balance. An important year for every young driver on the grid, finishing strongly in British F3 has huge implications for the direction of each of these young drivers’ single-seater careers.
Last time out at Rockingham, Carlin driver Enaam Ahmed looked to be on for repeating the unthinkable early on in the weekend. He picked up his fourth win out of four races at the opening round, but issues in race two would cause the early Championship leader a slight loss of momentum, although he does head to Snetterton with a 15-points gap to Cameron Das, who won race two at Rockinham.
Ahmed’s rivals will know that at Snetterton in 2016, he was able to secure two podiums and a victory. It suggests that should he put in a similar performance and avoid first lap incidents that prevented his progress last time out, there is a fairly high chance of the young British driver retaining his lead in the standings at the weekend.
Snetterton is an interesting circuit for British F3, as there has been a lot of pre-season testing completed there this season. It will be one of the circuits in which there is already a lot of set-up data for some of the teams, and Carlin, who have all three of their drivers in the top four of the standings, should be clear favourites for silverware here. It is a bold claim, particularly when you consider how tight the racing has been so far.
For Championship leader Enaam Ahmed, this weekend could feel like a pivot point in his bid for the title. He could reclaim his dominance around here and reestablish the tone of the F3 Championship that was present after his hat-trick of wins at the Oulton Park opener. On the other hand, a few incidents like the ones experienced at Rockingham could put a bit of pressure on him if Cameron Das, Fortec’s Ben Hingeley and James Pull can have clean weekends.
Whatever the weekend has in store for Ahmed, you can expect wheel-to-wheel racing and battles up and down the order as the title fight heats up once again.