Enaam crowned Comeback King
Zeura, Zaragoza, Spain, was the stage for the 2nd round of the CIK FIA European Karting Championship. Winner of the 1st round in La Conca only 2 weeks earlier, Enaam Ahmed was about to experience the most eventful and unsettling weekend of his career to date.
Setting fast times during testing on Thursday it seemed like business as usual for Enaam. However, as the weekend unfolded, the Young Master seemed to lack pace forcing the RFM Team to work extra hard to resolve the issues.
Was this a case of Enaam taking his eyes off the prize? Or just a bad day at the office? Whatever the reason the Young Pretender was a long way off his recent form qualifying 22nd overall. His mettle was about to be tested.
Enaam had to try and claw his way back up the grid in the heats to give him any hope of a podium place.
In Heat 1 he made up some ground but was subsequently issued a 10 second penalty for contact with another driver, placing him 15th. A crash in Heat 2 saw Enaam only finish 16th. In the remaining 2 heats he fought his way to finish 5th and 3rd, placing him 23rd on the grid in the Pre-Final.
The RFM team made some drastic changes to Enaam’s kart on Saturday night,
which would prove instrumental to his recovery. In morning warm up he set 2nd fastest lap, sandwiched by his team mates, underlining the team’s hard work had paid off.
The Pre-Final saw Enaam involved in another collision, finishing a frustrating 18th but showing much better pace. The Final was imminent, but had Enaam left too much ground to make the podium?
The Final saw Enaam starting 18th on the grid and with a blistering start the youngster was fast eating up the track gaining several places. Lapping at the leaders’ pace whilst executing some breath taking moves he stormed through the field, setting purple sectors on his way to an incredible 3rd place finish in one of the drives of the season. This was an incredible drive keeping him in the lead by only one point. With two rounds remaining, round 3 in Sweden, and the Championship finale at home at the PF International in August.
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A Driver unaccustomed to international awards starred in KF-Junior throughout the Spanish weekend. 15 years old, the Swede Anton Haaga (Kosmic-LKE-Vega) hasn’t had the opportunity to compete in full seasons in 2012 and 2013 due to accident injuries. His sense of attack had been noticed earlier this year, but this is the first time that it translated into a great victory, essentially in a small family team. It is also the first success for an LKE engine at this level. Haaga was first took second in Timed Qualifying, before an uninterrupted series of wins. His four consecutive fastest laps in the Qualifying Heats attest to his performance. Winning on his own in the Prefinal, he also demonstrated great potential in the battle in the Final. The Briton Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) and the German Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) challenged him for the lead several times, while the Russian Artem Petrov (DR-TM-Vega), as a newcomer to the leading group, and the Belgian Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic-Parilla-Vega) battled hard. Ticktum finally took the second step of the podium. The other British Driver Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) took the 3rd step after a superb recovery of 15 positions. The U.S. polesitter Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), meanwhile recovered from 30th to 5th position in the Final, following a Prefinal retirement.
With this, Enaam Ahmed retains the lead in the provisional European KF-Junior Championship with 47 points, with a small advantage of one point from Devlin Defrancesco, Anton Haaga has in one shot moved up to 3rd place with 40 points, Logan Sargeant has 38 points and Daniel Ticktum has 28 points.
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