Only 8 months into his 1st season in KFJ, and Enaam Ahmed is rapidly making ground on his older and more experienced foes. At the World Championship on the prestigious and challenging Sarno track, Enaam powered his way through the final finishing 5th overall, his only obstacle being age and experience. However, Enaam is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the track. Currently Enaam the 13 year old is the fastest rookie in the world
86 of the greatest Junior Kart Drivers descended at Sarno in Italy dominated by Finnish, Russian and Italian drivers with local track knowledge and 2 years experience. The British drivers had their work cut out from the beginning. The challenge was on!
With mixed weather conditions, Enaam during testing posted the fastest lap. During qualifying and with 86 drivers searching for that perfect lap, Enaam fell short in the only 8 minute session. Not getting the lap he deserved, Enaam ended up a lonely 28th position, but defeat was never an option.
The first heat took place on Friday evening. Enaam was positioned in row 5 starting 10th. Enaam finished an impressive 3rd!
Determined to make an impression against his older more experienced competitors from around the globe; Enaam had to secure a good finish in the pre-final, to have a good chance of the final positions where World Championship points are scored. With such a difficult competition meant overtaking was difficult, reluctant to let the rookie pass Enaam found himself in a battle at the start of the pre-final allowing the front three to get away. Enaam did not stop and pushed through to 4th position posting the fastest lap time on his way by a massive 2 tenths of a second. With a good position of 7th secured for the final meant Enaam was within a chance to prove himself in the top level of World Championship Motorsport.
After a high pressured weekend it was time for the finale. With a strong pace Enaam had to stay out of trouble in the first lap. With crashes at the first corner and again at the second Enaam emerged in the top ten. Battling his way up to sixth Enaam then was so close to being spun out and ending his World Championship dream. However, his driving capabilities meant he held the spin and came back through the pack. Although the front runners got away Enaam managed to catch 5th and 6th position on the last lap. Defensive driving from both of them meant Enaam was faced with a challenge, however as he explained after the race, if he wanted to be crowned World Champion he needed these two positions. Clever last lap skills learnt from his years as a cadet driver meant he was about to get past the Spanish driver Florescu. Up to the last complex of hairpins Enaam was closing on the Brazilian Raucci. An impressive move erupted the crowd as Enaam provided a last minute lunge on Raucci, as the rubbed wheels Enaam stayed determined and finished in 5th. One position behind his older fellow Britain Daniel Ticktum. Enaam self-critical as ever described post-race ‘I had a very hard start to the race and am disappointed I did not get myself into the front pack, however, I didn’t give up and although my move on Raucci was risky on the final lap I needed those extra positions’.
For sure Enaam may have not won the battle here at Sarno positioning himself for a world championship assault, but the war is not over but will be finalised in Bahrain in November where the second and final round of the KFJ world championship will be contested. On such a big stage Enaam is confident he can keep his cool and become a rookie World Champion, where he wants to join the list of previous World Champions Jarno Trulli, David Fore, Nyck De Vries and Flavio Camponeschi.