Enaam Ahmed

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Enaam Ahmed
Enaam Ahmed Zandvoort 2018.jpg
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 20)
London, United Kingdom
2019 Japanese Formula 3 career
Current teamB-Max Motopark
Car number65
Previous series
2018
201617
2016
2015
2015
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy
MSA Formula
SMP F4 Championship
Championship titles
2017
2016
BRDC British F3 Championship
BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy

Enaam Ahmed (born 4 February 2000) is a British racing driver of Pakistani descent.[1] Ahmed currently competes in the 2019 Japanese Formula 3 Championship with B-Max Motopark (after splitting with the ThreeBond Racing team)[2]. Ahmed has previously competed in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Hitech GP[3], the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Douglas Motorsport[4], and the 2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Douglas Motorsport[5].

Racing career[edit]

In 2015, Ahmed made his debut in MSA Formula for Arden where he finished eighth overall, winning one race and the Rookie Cup in his first year racing cars. He also made occasional appearances in the SMP F4 Championship where he enjoyed even more success, picking up five wins and two poles.

For 2016, it was announced that Ahmed would be driving for Douglas Motorsport[6] in the British Formula Three Championship. He finished fifth overall.

Ahmed began 2017 taking part in the Toyota Racing Series with Giles Motorsport alongside Red Bull Juniors Luis Leeds and Richard Verschoor.[7] In January 2017, it was announced Ahmed would switch to Carlin for a second season of British F3.[8]

In December 2017, it was confirmed Ahmed would contest the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Silverstone-based Hitech GP, where he claimed two wins to finish ninth in the championship.

The following year, Ahmed moved to Japan to contest the Japanese Formula 3 championship with ThreeBond Racing but switched to B-MAX Racing with Motopark prior to the start of the season.[9][10] There he claimed two wins at Fuji and Sugo to finish third in the championship behind teammate Sacha Fenestraz and TOM'S driver Ritomo Miyata.

Later that year, Ahmed partook in the FIA Formula 3 post-season test with Prema Powerteam.[11]

2017[edit]

Ahmed made BRDC British Formula 3 Championship history by taking all three wins in the opening round of the season at Oulton Park. He also recorded three fastest laps across the three races to leave the weekend as championship leader with a perfect score of 95 points.

He went on to make it four wins from four races by taking victory in the opening race at Rockingham Speedway, before a further two wins at the next round at Snetterton Circuit saw Ahmed surpass the total number of wins achieved by a driver throughout the entirety of the 2016 campaign (5). Although Ahmed finished off the top step of the podium for the first time during a weekend in 2017 at Silverstone, two podium finishes allowed Ahmed to extend his lead in the championship standings.

Ahmed claimed his first pole of the 2017 season in a qualifying session at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, before going on to record his seventh and eighth wins of the season. A further second place finish stretched the Carlin driver's lead at the top of the drivers' standings to 82 points over nearest rival Toby Sowery.

At the next round at Brands Hatch, Enaam went on to take his second successive pole position, before sealing a lights-to-flag victory in the opening race. He recovered from eighth to finish on the podium in third place in the reverse grid race and recorded another lights-to-flag win – his 10th of the season – in the final race of the weekend.

Ahmed sealed the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship title at the penultimate round of the season at Snetterton, having claimed a further two victories to take his tally up to 12 – matching triple F1 world champion Ayrton Senna's total of wins from his own title-winning campaign in 1983. As a result, the Carlin driver became the series' youngest-ever champion at just 17 years old.

At the season finale at Donington Park, Ahmed won the 24th and final race of the season – his 13th victory of the campaign – to surpass the total number of wins Ayrton Senna achieved in 1983 (12). He ended the year on 654 points, 164 clear of his nearest rival.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2015 MSA Formula Championship Arden International 30 1 0 0 4 176 8th
SMP F4 Championship Koiranen GP 15 5 2 0 7 0 NC†
2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship Douglas Motorsport 23 1 0 0 5 349 5th
BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy Carlin 3 2 2 0 3 99 1st
Euroformula Open Championship DAV Racing 8 0 0 0 0 49 11th
2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship Carlin 24 13 8 13 18 654 1st
Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 15 1 0 1 2 586 6th
2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Hitech Bullfrog GP 30 2 2 1 4 174 9th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2019 Japanese Formula 3 Championship B-Max Racing with Motopark 20 2 1 1 8 63 3rd
Euroformula Open Championship Team Motopark 2 0 0 1 2 37 15th
Macau Grand Prix Campos Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 22nd

† As Ahmed was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2018 Hitech Bullfrog GP Mercedes PAU
1

6
PAU
2

5
PAU
3

2‡
HUN
1

7
HUN
2

1
HUN
3

1
NOR
1

14
NOR
2

15
NOR
3

8
ZAN
1

16
ZAN
2

Ret
ZAN
3

10
SPA
1

19
SPA
2

5
SPA
3

6
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

4
MIS
1

21
MIS
2

6
MIS
3

10
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

Ret
NÜR
3

9
RBR
1

22
RBR
2

11
RBR
3

18
HOC
1

9
HOC
2

Ret
HOC
3

8
9th 174

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Pakistani rising motorsport star meets the High Commissioner". High Commission of Pakistan, London. August 09, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Wood, Elliot (2019-03-01). "Enaam Ahmed joins ThreeBond for Japanese F3". Formula Scout. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  3. ^ "Ahmed latest F3 driver to head to Japan". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  4. ^ "Enaam Ahmed talks Racing Cars & Being a BRDC British F3 Champion". DESIblitz. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  5. ^ "British F3 Driver - Enaam Ahmed #65". BRDC British F3 Championship. 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  6. ^ "BRDC F4 News – DOUGLAS MOTORSPORT SIGNS ENAAM AHMED". British Formula Three Championship. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Trio of Kiwis to battle strong international line-up in TRS". December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ahmed back with Carlin for British F3 2017 assault". January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Wood, Elliot (March 1, 2019). "Enaam Ahmed swaps Europe for Japanese F3 with ThreeBond". FormulaScout. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Simmons, Marcus (March 29, 2019). "Enaam Ahmed switches to Motopark in Japanese F3 reshuffle". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Benyon, Jack (October 18, 2019). "F3 champion Prema names post-season test line-up". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 18, 2019.

4. Trio of Kiwis to battle strong international line-up in TRS 5. AHMED BACK WITH CARLIN FOR BRITISH F3 2017 ASSAULT 6. McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Sowery stays in BRDC F3

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ben Barnicoat
(BRDC Formula 4)
BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy
Champion

2016
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
Preceded by
Matheus Leist
BRDC British Formula 3 Championship
Champion

2017
Succeeded by
Linus Lundqvist
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lando Norris
Autosport Awards
British Club Driver of the Year

2017
Succeeded by
None