Newly crowned BRDC British Formula 3 champion Enaam Ahmed is to test an F3 European Championship car this week with a view to stepping up to the series for 2018.
The 17-year-old clinched the British F3 title at Snetterton last weekend with a round to spare thanks to his 12th win of the season for Carlin, and will step up to an FIA-spec F3 car with the same team on Thursday at Silverstone.
“I want to go to European Formula 3 and I’m trying to get some sponsors,” said Ahmed.
“Trevor [Carlin, team boss] believes I’m good enough and I believe him – I’m not saying I’m going to win but let’s see how testing goes.”
Carlin, whose team has taken Lando Norris into the lead of the 2017 European F3 standings, said: “He’s hit a high level and should just be aiming for European F3 – he’s absolutely ready for it.
“If he did a race now he would be super-competitive, so with a winter of testing behind him he’ll be very strong.”
Carlin will also give a test to James Pull, who is third in the British F3 rankings as team-mate to Ahmed, and could finish the campaign as runner-up.
If Ahmed competes in European F3 next season, he would follow in the footsteps of Jake Hughes and George Russell, who won titles in the current British F3 series’ predecessor – the BRDC F4 Championship – before going on to become Euro F3 frontrunners.
Norris is also a BRDC British F3 graduate after completing a half-season in the series last year.