Snetterton BF3: Collard wins Race 1 as Ahmed rolls

Championship leader Ricky Collard cruised to victory in the opening British F3 race at Snetterton, surviving an early safety car period to extend his advantage at the top of the standings.

Snetterton BF3: Collard wins Race 1 as Ahmed rolls
Ricky Collard, Carlin
Atmosphere in the pitlane
Matheus Leist, Double R Racing
Harrison Scott, HHC Motorsport
Scrutineering
Matheus Leist, Double R Racing

At the start of the race, Collard led from pole position, with fellow front-row starter Matheus Leist closely following behind in second.

Further down the field, Enaam Ahmed suffered a spectacular crash at the Nelson corner, spinning and rolling over the grass.

The British driver, fortunately, was able to get out of the car and stand unaided while the race remained neutralised under the safety car.

Once the race got going again, Collard was quick to show off his reflexes, establishing a comfortable 1.5s buffer over Leist in a span of just one lap.

The margin only grew as the clock ticked down, with the Carlin driver eventually taking the chequered flag by 3.179s.

Toby Sowery completed the podium for Lanan Racing, ahead of the battling duo of Ben Hingeley and Harrison Scott, the two separated by just 0.317s at the flag.

Thomas Randle, who sits third in the championship, had to settle for sixth place, ahead of Fortec’s Tarun Reddy.

Force India development driver Nikita Mazepin finished eighth on his British F3 debut, losing one position to the aforementioned Reddy on the final lap.

Double R Racing’s Aleksanteri Huovinen and Sean Walkinshaw Racing driver Eugene Denyssen completed the top 10.

Race 1 results:

PosDriver Team Laps  Gap
 Ricky Collard Carlin 15  
 Matheus Leist Double R Racing 15 3.179
 Toby Sowery Lanan Racing 15 7.469
 Ben Hingeley HHC Motorsport 15 12.708
 Harrison Scott HHC Motorsport 15 13.025
 Thomas Randle Douglas Motorsport 15 13.566
 Tarun Reddy Fortec Motorsports 15 22.456
 Nikita Mazepin Carlin 15 23.047
 Aleksanteri Huovinen Double R Racing 15 23.432
10   Eugene Denyssen Sean Walkinshaw Racing 15 25.807
11   Enzo Bortoleto Double R Racing 15 27.516
12   Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin 15 27.704
13   Thomas Maxwell Sean Walkinshaw Racing 15 29.144
14   Faisal Al Zubair Fortec Motorsports 15 36.469
15   Akhil Rabindra Lanan Racing 15 37.091
16   Krishnaraaj Mahadik Chris Dittmann Racing 15 37.425
17   Jeremy Wahome Chris Dittmann Racing 15 39.295
18   Quinlan Lall Chris Dittmann Racing 15 1'10.799
 Enaam Ahmed Douglas Motorsport 0
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Series BF3
Event Snetterton II
Location Snetterton
Author Rachit Thukral