MSA KFJ British Championship – Shenington. 12-13 October 2013
The fastest rookie in the world proved his supremacy on his home turf at the grand finale of the British Championship. Enaam started the weekend off in style by qualifying on pole beating his older rivals Ticktum and Daruvala by nearly 2 tenths of a second, who are both fighting for British Championship title at this deciding round. Proving his control over the weekend Enaam started every race on pole position and won both finals in the very challenging weather conditions. Winning the main final by a huge 5 seconds Enaam’s dominating style proves he is a future star in the making.
Once testing started on Friday morning it was clear Enaam wanted to show what he had learnt previously at the World Championship in Sarno. Posting fastest laps all day Enaam displayed his speed in the wet and dry. This confidence followed through to Saturday in qualifying. Creating the perfect track position Enaam was able to drive an amazing lap and qualified pole in the dry 10 minute session with the lap time of 41.68.
Confidence to win was shown in the heats where Enaam drove consistent and risk free races to position himself on Pole for the pre-final on Sunday. With the forecast showing severe weather conditions for Sunday Enaam knew he had to prepare for wet weather driving. Pre-race preparation was key if he was to beat his older rivals, especially Daruvala who a year before conquered both finals at the Banbury circuit. Controlling his nerves and demonstrating self-confidence Enaam drove a flawless pre-final gaining a gap after the first corner and edging away from the field to win by nearly 4 seconds. Enaam’s work wasn’t finished yet.
Although Enaam had started pole in other races within Europe this was the first KFJ pole start in Britain; which being the final round extra pressure was on. The track was greasy, a very hard condition to drive in, and Enaam would have to adapt to the conditions quickly if he was to win! The team decided to go on wets and the rest of the field followed. Daruvala and Ticktum went into the race both needing to win to finish 1st in the Championship, and the rookie Enaam was the only obstacle in their way! The race was on. Enaam started in confident fashion with Daruvala in pursuit and Ticktum falling back into fighting in the pack behind. Enaam was pulling away and there was nothing Daruvala could do about it. With a lot of significant spectators in the crowd Enaam knew if he made no errors he had the speed to pull away and make a lasting impression in the championship finale. Calm and in control the gap grew and Enaam in a governing fashion crossed the line with his hands high in the air. Enaam had won the final round of the British Championship against all odds alongside his older more experienced team mates and after only 8 months of previous experience in the class. The rookie strikes again.
Significantly Enaam scored the highest points out of everyone at the weekend which pushed him from 4th to 3rd in the championship. The highest placed rookie. He will celebrate his podium championship position with the rest of the champions at the Super One Series dinner at the Autosport show in January. Enaam’s recent success shows his development has been nothing but astounding and his confidence for the world championships is growing stronger. He explained after the race that he is grateful for this learning year and is pleased to have progressed to winning the final race in such difficult conditions.