As the series heads towards its conclusion with just two more rounds to go, Enaam Ahmed maintains his Championship lead on 489 points almost 100 points over closest competitor James Pull after winning Race One and Race Three at Brands Hatch last weekend, making that his 10th win of the season. The 17 year old was also on the podium in Race Two in 3rd place.
Race One found the field contending with some tricky conditions as the wet weather worsened and incidents ensued including a run off at Paddock Hill for Fortec teammates Ben Hingeley and Nicolai Kjaergaard causing retirement for Hingeley after hitting the barrier, swiftly followed by Cameron Das repeating the same action and another retirement.
A period of the safety car then followed with Ahmed still maintaining his lead but the race came to an early end under the red flag due to the treacherous conditions. Joining Ahmed on the podium was second place James Pull and completing the lineup Toby Sowery in third.
Sunday found far more favourable conditions for the single seaters on a partially reversed grid, but another early finish for Hingeley, who had been gunning for a podium position before contact with Jeremy Wahome, took him out of the race resulting in Wahome being excluded from the results after the race due to driving in a manner incompatible with general safety .
A further incident between Chase Owen and Guilherme Samaia resulted in the Safety Car being brought out allowing Toby Sowery to take a blistering restart and gain a 5 second lead on Krishnaraaj Mahadik, with James Pull behind him at the fall of the chequered flag.
However in post race scrutineering it was found that Sowery’s car did not conform to the eligibility criteria and was excluded. This, the Clerk of the Course found, was due to an error and not a deliberate attempt to gain an unfair advantage. These findings meant that the podium order changed with Mahadik taking the win, Pull in second and Ahmed in third place.
The final race passed without incident and gave Ahmed his 10th win and an untroubled victory.
Cameron Das who had started second on the grid maintained his position unable to catch Ahmed but James Pull who had commenced the race on the third row was able to take positions from both Callan O Keeffe and Toby Sowery securing the third step on the podium.
The penultimate round of the Championship takes place at Snetterton on August 26th/27th
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