Cane claims win as Ahmed extends lead
BRDC British Formula 3 rookie Jordan Cane won his second race at Snetterton, whilst Carlin’s Enaam Ahmed extended his championship lead with his second victory of the weekend.
Cane, who turned 16 five days ago, drove a mature race to win ahead of Cameron Das and Douglas Motorsport team-mate Callan O’Keeffe. In the final race of the weekend, Ahmed resisted an early attack from Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery. Saturday pole-sitter James Pull completed the podium.
At the start of Sunday morning’s race, Cane, who finished in eighth place on his British F3 debut the day before, made the most of his partial reverse-grid pole position to lead into Riches. Fellow front-row-starter Jamie Chadwick was slow away, losing several places, and Das shot through from third place to challenge for the lead. Cane and Das ran side-by-side through Riches, but it was the pole-sitter who led onto the Bentley Straight. As the field completed the opening lap, Cane headed Das, O’Keeffe, Ben Hingeley and Sowery. Chadwick’s start lost her five places, and she lost another to Ahmed, who used the opening part of the race to post the fastest lap of the weekend so far, taking pole position for race three.
Further back, seventh-place starter and race one pole-sitter Pull dropped back through the field, certain that he had picked up some debris on his way to the grid. He pitted on lap three with a shredded rear tyre, so his Carlin mechanics bolted on a new one, and he set a lap good enough to start race three on the front row alongside team-mate Ahmed.
Back at the front of the action, Cane was controlling the gap to Das, even pulling away a little from his rival. Cane’s mission was helped in part by Douglas team-mate O’Keeffe, who was keeping the Carlin driver honest, and ready to pounce should an opportunity present itself. Eventually the top three drivers cleared the rest of the field, leaving fourth place to be disputed by Hingeley and Sowery. In sixth place, Ahmed ran a relatively lonely race as Chadwick defended seventh from Nicolai Kjaergaard. The top ten was completed by Chase Owen and Guilherme Samia. Taking the chequered flag over a second clear of Das, Cane was a jubilant winner, whilst O’Keeffe completed the podium.
Having set the fastest lap of the weekend so far to take pole position for the final race of the weekend, Ahmed got away well to lead as the lights went out, but behind, Sowery got off to a flyer, and challenged Pull into Riches, successfully taking the place in a repeat of his race one performance. This time, however, he stayed ahead of the Carlin car and chased after Ahmed, making good progress in the early laps. Once his tyres to come up to temperature, Ahmed maintained a safe gap to Sowery and with Pull keeping the Lanan driver in check, the top three began to pull away from the rest of the field. Behind, the Douglas cars of race two winner Cane and O’Keeffe raced in tandem and chased by Das, whom O’Keeffe had demoted in the early laps. Das was unable to get on terms with the Douglas pair, but ran ahead of Fortec’s Hingeley.
Behind, Kjaergaard lost ground defending from an intense midfield pack that included Ismail, Aaron Di Comberti, Manuel Maldonado, Chadwick and Owen. Samaia had headed this group, but retired from the race on lap six. Ahmed managed to stretch his lead over Sowery to just over two seconds at the chequered flag, winning his sixth race of the season and establishing a commanding 44-point lead over team-mate Das, who took the flag in sixth overall. Pull finished a second behind Sowery and claimed his second podium of the weekend.
BRDC British F3 Championship standings after 9 of 24 rounds: 1. Enaam Ahmed, Carlin, 241pts / 2. Cameron Das, Carlin, 197pts / 3. Ben Hingeley, Fortec Motorsports, 186pts / 4. Toby Sowery, Lanan Racing, 179pts / 5. Callan O’Keeffe, Douglas Motorsport, 175pts / 6. James Pull, Carlin, 155pts / 7. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, 99pts / 8. Chase Owen, Hillspeed, 95pts / 9. Jamie Chadwick, Double R Racing, 92pts / 10. Nicolai Kjaergaard, Fortec Motorsports, 89pts.