British F3 Silverstone Review: “The Brits are coming”

Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery was the big winner at the Silverstone British F3 weekend, picking up two victories and a second-place finish to bring himself back into play for the 2017 BRDC British F3 title. Carlin’s Enaam Ahmed continues to lead the championship by over 50-points after another weekend in the points with championship momentum at a potential pivot point as the grid heads to the elusive round at Spa Francorchamps. 

After picking up his second victory of the season and the weekend, Sowery said,

“Almost a perfect weekend; I couldn’t have asked any more from the team, I’ve been really happy with how it has gone. James and Enaam kept up for the first few laps and we managed to slowly eke a gap but it wasn’t easy out there.

I’ll try to win again at Spa – that’s the plan.”

– Toby Sowery

The gap in race three was a convincing 4-seconds over James Pull, who once again had a very consistent set of races that now propels him to 2nd in the driver standings with a 58-point deficit to Enaam Ahmed–who he fought off in race three. The championship leader secured a podium having stared from 5th,  with a half-a-second gap to pull ahead at the chequered flag. Having finished 2nd in race one, Ahmed still accrued enough points to negate the larger hauls that Sowery and Pull managed, meaning that the dent in his championship lead wasn’t as large as it could have been had he finished outside of the podium.

After race three, Ahmed said:

“I’m really happy, I think I made the most of the weekend as I could. I didn’t have such a good start in that race from about fifth, and then James and I had a good race I thought, so that was awesome.

I had as many goes as I could on James but he defended really well, so it was a good race.”

– Enaam Ahmed

Enaam Ahmed: The Last Mile

There was also another Silverstone race winner in British F3 for race two, with Fortec’s Ben Hingeley securing his second victory of the season over Tonby Sowery and James Pull. Hingeley made a blistering start and jumped into the lead from 4th on the grid, overtaking his teammates Manuel Maldonado and Nicolai Kjaergaard in the process. On reflection, Hingeley said,

“I managed to get a great start, that was a real factor in the race win. Into first after the first lap was what I dreamed of, really and they came back at me towards the end, I had to hang on a little, but I’m really happy with it.”

– Ben Hingeley

The results paint a clear picture in the driver standings. Enaam Ahmed was unable to grab a headline win, but continues to enjoy a big gap to the challengers with a 58-point lead in the standings having secured two more podiums and valuable points. The closest contender to his 310 point tally is fellow Carlin driver James Pull, who has continued to show a strong level of consistency. He is on 252 points, with a small gap to Toby Sowery, who sits third with 247 points having completely an almost perfect weekend at Silverstone. Cameron Das is fourth on equal points to Sowery, with Ben Hingeley a close 5th on 241 points. Callan O’Keeffe is 6th on 214 points, but would have been close to the pack at the sharp end of the standings had he finished race three at Silverstone.

The gap to Omar Ismael in 7th is 86 points, highlighting that it appears to be a 6-way fight for the 2017 title, the only difference between the top six being the dominant run that Enaam Ahmed put together at the start of the campaign, with four victories in the opening four rounds. Otherwise, it’s any of the top six drivers’ championship for the taking, with only 11-points separating 2nd-5th.