British F3 set for the second round
The second round of the 2017 BRDC British F3 season takes place at Rockingham this weekend (29/30 April), just two weeks after the Oulton Park event.
17-year-old Enaam Ahmed was in imperious form last time out and completed a historic hat-trick of victories to claim a maximum haul of 95 points and become the early championship leader. The Carlin driver didn’t have it all his own way though with team-mate Cameron Das pipping him to pole position in qualifying and running him close during race three. The reigning US Formula 4 champion impressed in pre-season too and will be aiming to challenge for wins once again as he looks to close the gap to the standings leader.
James Pull separates Ahmed and Das in the overall standings after taking to the podium twice at Oulton Park, and will be one to watch this weekend. Returning racer Ben Hingeley currently occupies fourth spot after claiming a stunning second position in race two of the opening weekend, despite suffering accident damage. The Fortec Motorsports driver is four points clear of Callan O’Keeffe, who took to the podium on his return to full-time racing. The Douglas Motorsport South African racer was disappointed not to leave Cheshire with a better finish than third though, having begun the restarted race two from pole position before suffering a tardy getaway.
Chris Dittmann Racing’s Omar Ismail enjoyed a solid weekend and is sixth ahead of Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery in seventh. Sowery, one of the pre-season title favourites, enjoyed a miserable weekend at Oulton Park, sliding out of the lead in race one before getting tangled up in a race two first corner crash which led to a DNF.
The top-10 is rounded out by Danish racer Nicolai Kjaergaard, American Chase Owen and Australian Harry Hayek, who all enjoyed consistent first weekends in BRDC British Formula 3. Others to watch out for include the Double R Racing pairing of Guilherme Samaia and Jamie Chadwick, who showed good speed at Oulton Park but were hindered by a number of on-track incidents across Bank Holiday Monday.
To show support for Billy Monger, who suffered life-changing injuries in a crash at Donington Park recently, each car will sport special decals featuring Billy’s helmet and the hashtag #BillyWhizz.