New BRDC British Formula 3 champion Enaam Ahmed will test a European-spec Formula 3 car for the first time this week with an eye to racing in the series next year.
The 17-year-old clinched the British F3 title at Snetterton last weekend after taking his 12th win of the season for Carlin. He will now test the faster Volkswagen-powered Dallara machinery with the Carlin team this 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.”
If Ahmed competes in FIA European Formula 3 next season, he will follow in the footsteps of Brits Lando Norris, Jake Hughes, Callum Ilott and Harrison Newey, who are all competing in the series this year.
Trevor Carlin, whose team runs Norris in FIA European F3, said: “Enaam’s hit a [high] level and should just be aiming for European F3 now, he’s absolutely ready for the move up to that championship.
“If he did a race now he would be super-competitive, so with a winter of testing behind him he’ll be very strong for next season.”
The title is Ahmed’s first major crown in car racing, and his first since his double of World and European Junior karting titles in 2014.
Pull primed for run
One of Ahmed’s closest rivals for this year’s British F3 title, James Pull, will also get a Euro F3 test with Carlin at Silverstone this week.
Pull is now locked in a battle for second in the British F3 points with Toby Sowery. Pull, 17, is just two points behind Sowery with three races to run at Donington Park next month.
Pull said of his Euro F3 test: “I’m excited to have this opportunity, it’s big step for me in my career. The car is fantastic and a lot of great drivers have driven with Carlin in F3, so to have the chance to follow in their footsteps and show what I can do, is a really great feeling. The team at Carlin are fantastic and I know them well.”