BRDC British F3 champion and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist has confirmed he will graduate to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Hitech GP in 2018.
Ahmed has spent much of the early winter testing FIA F3 cars with several teams before opting for the Hitech GP outfit which has also fielded BRDC F4 champions Jake Hughes and George Russell in recent years.
The 17-year-old joins Hitech after a record breaking 2017 season in BRDC British F3 which saw him crowned the youngest ever Championship winner with the most points ever achieved (654) and by the largest winning margin – 164 points ahead of second place. His victory in the final race of the season took him to a huge 13 wins for the year, surpassing Ayrton Senna’s record number of race victories in a single season.
Hitech GP Team Principal Oliver Oakes commented: “We are thrilled to have Enaam onboard for 2018. He tested for us in Spa back in November and really impressed us with how quickly he got up to speed in the FIA F3 car. His season in British F3 has been very impressive.”
Ahmed said: “I’m super excited to join Hitech for my debut FIA F3 Season, I’ve known Oliver (Oakes) since I was 10 in Karting so we have a close working relationship already. I feel at home within the team and feel like we could have a strong package going into next year.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors and investors without whom I simply wouldn’t be able to race next season. They have shown incredible faith in me and I look forward to working with them closely to win many more Championships over the coming years.”
It is understood that Ahmed’s team mate at the team next year could be BRDC British F3 race winner Ben Hingeley, who has also been testing with the team during the past few weeks.