Douglas Motorsport’s Enaam Ahmed won a closely fought final race of the British Formula 3 season opener at Snetterton.
The 2015 MSA Formula rookie champion beat poleman Toby Sowery off the grid into Turn 1 and then held off the Lanan racer to win and take an early seven point lead in the championship from race one victor Lando Norris.
“I am really, really happy to progress from third in race one, second in race two and now winner in race three,” said Ahmed.
“It was not an easy race as I was struggling for pace a little bit but I controlled the gap fairly well.
“Toby and Lando were giving me a run for my money and it was hard to keep them behind as I hit a bollard down the straight and I thought that I might have broken my front wing for a second.”
Ahmed led throughout, but his victory was hard fought, with the top five cars covered by just two-seconds at the chequered flag, Ahmed winning from Sowery and Norris.
“I can’t complain with second or my weekend, as I’ve scored a good haul of points,” said runner-up Sowery.
“I was trying to attack Enaam but defend from Lando and that was really hard but it was good, competitive racing.”
Matheus Leist and Thomas Randle completed the closely covered top five, with Aleksanteri Huovinen and Sisa Ngebulana adrift in sixth and seventh respectively.
Ricky Collard fought his way from 19th on the grid to claim a distant eighth, with Thomas Maxwell and Ameya Vaidyanathan rounding out the top 10.