Second Japanese F3 win for B-Max Motopark star
British F3 driver, Enaam Ahmed, scored his second win in the 2019 Japanese F3 Championship on Sunday, July 28, when he took his B-Max Racing with Motopark Dallara-VW Spiess to victory at Sugo, near Sendai, on the eastern central coast of Japan. In hot, testing conditions, Enaam seized the lead of the championship’s 14th round from the pole and led from lights to flag. He was pushed hard throughout by his B-Max Motopark team-mate, Sacha Fenestraz, but, in the closing phase of the race, was able to consolidate his lead. He crossed the line 1.8sec ahead, with Tom’s Toyota’s Ritomo Miyata finishing a close third. By any standards, it was F3 racing at its best.
“It was great to win at Sugo,” said Enaam afterwards. “It’s an exhilarating circuit, with some very challenging, fast corners. Sacha was always there in my mirrors but I focused on getting the best from the (Yokohama) tyres and was able to give myself a bit of a cushion in the closing stages. A big thanks to my team for giving me such a great race car. In isolation, the Dallara F3 car is always fun to drive – and it’s a nice feeling when it all comes together like this.”
The powerful Tom’s Toyotas proved unbeatable in the two other races at Sugo, adding to the quality of Enaam’s victory in the middle race. “Taking the pole for Race Two was huge,” said Enaam afterwards, “and of course it would have been nice to have been on the pole for Race One.” (The grid for Race Three was defined by the finishing order of Race One.) “But I had a bit of traffic on my best lap so we had to live with that. In the first race the engine bogged down a little and I didn’t make a great start so P4 was about as much as we could expect.” Enaam also finished fourth in the third race.
Miyata scored two victories – and Harrison Newey, taking a break from his Super Formula commitments to join B-Max Motopark for this weekend – scored two fifths and a sixth. Enaam registered his first Japanese F3 Series victory in the semi-wet at Fuji two weeks ago, when he finished second on the road and was promoted to P1 after a disqualification, and pulled off one of the passes of the year to take P2 in the very wet final race at Fuji that weekend. The next rounds of the 2019 Japanese F3 Series take place on the Twin Ring Motegi on August 17-18.
A former karting World Champion, Enaam graduated to cars in 2015, at the age of 15, when he won five MSA Championship rounds with Koiranen Racing. He progressed to British F3 in 2016 with Douglas Motorsport, finishing fifth, and won the 2017 BRDC British F3 Championship with Carlin Racing, netting a record-equalling 13 wins. Last year, racing FIA F3 with Hi-Tech, he took the pole and finished P2 on debut at Pau and went on to score two wins in Hungary.
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