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COM­PLETES F3 SWITCH TO CARLIN “Ahmed must win the F3 ti­tle this year”

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BRDC Bri­tish F3 Au­tumn Tro­phy cham­pion Enaam Ahmed has tar­geted win­ning the full cham­pi­onship this year af­ter agree­ing a deal to race for Carlin.

Ahmed, 16, scooped the Au­tumn Tro­phy ti­tle at Snet­ter­ton last Oc­to­ber af­ter switch­ing to Carlin for the event, and has now agreed a deal to con­test the main cham­pi­onship with the out­fit in 2017 – which will be his sec­ond year in the se­ries.

The ju­nior kart­ing cham­pion com­peted with Dou­glas Motorsport in F3 last sea­son and led the stand­ings af­ter the open­ing round at Snet­ter­ton – where he scored a vic­tory – be­fore even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing fifth over­all.

Ahmed, who is cur­rently in New Zealand pre­par­ing for this week­end’s open­ing round of the Toy­ota Racing Se­ries, said Carlin of­fered him the best op­por­tu­nity to land ti­tle suc­cess.

“I fin­ished off the sea­son with Dou­glas Motorsport and Wayne [Dou­glas, team boss] gave me such a good car, I learnt a lot with him but, in my opin­ion, Carlin have the best cars un­der­neath them,” he said. “I wanted to get a deal to­gether for the Au­tumn Tro­phy just to try them out, and Trevor [Carlin] agreed. It was prob­a­bly even more com­pet­i­tive than the main se­ries, but we came out on top ahead of some great driv­ers.

“I knew I was go­ing to do an­other sea­son in Bri­tish For­mula 3 be­cause there’s no sense in con­tin­u­ing to move up if I haven’t won any­thing. I think Carlin are the best team go­ing into this year and they’re go­ing to give me the best shot at win­ning.

“The TRS deal ac­tu­ally fits quite well. Test­ing is good, but get­ting race ex­pe­ri­ence is an­other level – I’d rather do TRS than 10 or 20 tests in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary; I’m go­ing to get a lot more out of it.

“I un­der­stand I may be favourite go­ing into the sea­son be­cause I have some ex­pe­ri­ence, but I’ll still be one of the youngest driv­ers in the cham­pi­onship.

“I have some unfinished busi­ness. Last year, I might have had the speed to win the cham­pi­onship, but maybe not the con­sis­tency. But I have a good op­por­tu­nity this sea­son with Carlin to right that wrong.”

Team boss Trevor Carlin added: “Enaam was a great as­set and ad­di­tion to the team when he joined us for the Au­tumn Tro­phy last year. His at­ti­tude to­wards get­ting the job done was great, he im­pressed with his nat­u­ral abil­ity in the car and also with his strong race craft.”

Ahmed is Carlin’s sec­ond sign­ing for the 2017 cam­paign, the team hav­ing pre­vi­ously an­nounced James Pull as one of its driv­ers. Amer­i­can Cameron Das is ex­pected to com­plete the squad’s three-car line-up, hav­ing com­peted along­side Ahmed and Pull in the Au­tumn Tro­phy.

in 2016 with Daniel Harper.

“Kart­ing will al­ways be an im­por­tant part of my motorsport ca­reer, wher­ever I may go,” said Can­ning. “How­ever you have to move on to make pro­gres­sion to achieve your dream.

“This is the per­fect time for me to move on and prove my­self at the next stage of my devel­op­ment. I be­lieve that Dou­glas Motorsport and I can achieve great things.”

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