ENAAM AHMED. TURNING JAPANESE
We are very pleased to report young British talent and friend of F1weekly, Enaam Ahmed, has found success in the Land of the Rising Sun. In slippery conditions Enaam took his first victory in the 2019 Japanese Formula 3 Championship at Fuji, July 13th.
Enaam started Saturday’s Round 11 from fifth on the grid in his B-Max Racing with motopark F3 Dallara. He also recorded the fastest lap on slick tires on a wet track.
In Sunday’s second race of the weekend Enaam was again on the podium, this time in second which helped him to fourth place in the championship at this stage, just one point behind local driver Toshiki Oyu.
The season started in April at the world famous Suzuka circuit, despite limited pre-season testing Enaam made a stellar start to his Japanese campaign by finishing on the podium in third place in the opening round, and runner-up in race 2.
Double podium finishes followed in the next round in May at the Autopolis circuit. His next podium appearance was in June at Sugo in third place.
Enaam, 2017 British Formula 3 Champion, last year raced in the European Formula 3 series; winning two races on his way to a top 10 finish in the ultra-competitive championship. While the dream and the goal remain Formula 1, focus for the 2018 season shifted to Japanese Formula 3.
Ralf Schumacher, who also raced in Japanese Formula 3 before joining his brother in Formula 1, said in an F1Weekly interview some years ago that winning in Japan is very difficult as the local Japanese drivers are very determined not to lose on their home ground.
Enaam is going through this experience now. Feeling jolly goode on his Japanese success, he posted on his Twitter account:
“Delighted with my first win in Japan on Saturday and then to back it up with a second place in race two on Sunday. A massive thank you to all my team and bring on Sugo in 2 weeks #maidenwin #fuji.”
Live streaming is available on all Japanese Formula 3 races on their You Tube channel.
Enaam is fourth in the championship with 46 points. French driver Sacha Fenestraz is the current championship leader.
— Greetings and Tempura Regards.