It was Carlin driver Enaam Ahmed who left Spa-Francorchamps with the lion share of points after climbing the order to claim victory in race two of the weekend and follow it up with another top-spot finish after a close battle with Championship rival Toby Sowery.
British F3 is approaching the business end of the season with only nine races to go and Ahmed was able to extend his lead in the standings with a seventh and eighth victory at Spa. The young Brit had a strong weekend in the Ardenne, amassing close to maximum points and making the trip to the podium three times over the weekend. After a close fight with Sowery in race three, Ahmed said,
“Toby was much quicker than me at the start of the race and was taking slightly different lines, as I think track conditions changed after the British GT race. He seemed to adapt to it quicker than I did but I was able to catch him slowly and he was running lower downforce so it was hard to get him on the straight, so I had to maximize sector two. But once I was able to get a good exit from turn one I was able to just about catch him and then pass him.
The team did a mega job this weekend because we were slow after Silverstone and were struggling at long high speed tracks. We found a solution and they did a mega job to get me out and give me a competitive car for this weekend. It’s been a fantastic weekend for the championship and I couldn’t have asked for better!”
– Enaam Ahmed
Toby Sowery picked up two podiums over the weekend and strengthened his own position in the standings. He was on for the race three victory but pressure from behind and the length of the straights prevented a third victory of the season.
“When you’re in the lead, you’re so vulnerable to the car behind when you’re on the Kemmel straight. We were struggling with the car in right handers specifically, which obviously doesn’t help but that’s not an excuse.
I thought I might be able to keep Enaam behind me but I made a small mistake at Stavelot and he managed to get close enough and drag past. I don’t think if there was a straight he would have got past me, but it’s such a long straight for us that any opportunity you get, you pretty much take.”
– Toby Sowery
Fortec’s Ben Hingeley also had another strong weekend, with a victory in race one and a third place finish in race three. He closes in slightly on James Pull in the driver standings, the pair currently in a battle for third place.
Heading to Brands Hatch, the question remains: Can anyone catch Enaam Ahmed? He has matched the rest of the field on race wins with eight so far, and it’s starting to look like he has the pace to claim the title. But with strong competition like Sowery, Pull and Hingeley and the general unpredictability that is part of Motorsport, it will be an all-out dogfight until the final chequered flag is waved.