A hectic second race of the day at Oulton Park saw a number of drivers eliminated in a first corner accident before the race was red flagged. Enaam Ahmed made his way through the carnage and took the lead on the restart to claim victory having started eighth, adding to his race one win earlier in the day.
The Carlin driver was joined on the podium by Fortec Motorsports’ Ben Hingeley and Douglas Motorsport’s Callan O’Keeffe. We spoke to all three after the race to get their thoughts on the partially reversed grid encounter and opinions as they look ahead to the third and final race, at 17:35.
Winner: Enaam Ahmed, Carlin
“I feel really good. The guys at Carlin gave me a really good car, we were really switched on. My boys Matt, Luke, Mark got the tyres set up perfectly so I had plenty of confidence off the line. It was a tremendous race. It was a hectic turn one and I was lucky to get out of that unscathed. I was lucky that we restarted as if we had had a rolling start after the safety car, I’m not sure I would have been able to get past Callan O’Keeffe.
“I don’t want to count my chickens before race three but let’s see what happens. All my focus is going to be on the start.”
Runner-up: Ben Hingeley, Fortec Motorsports
“It was a really good race. I struggled a bit as I was quite involved in the incident at the first corner, so I am not sure if I damaged a front-wing endplate or a front-wheel but I was struggling to turn right through the first corner and Druids which isn’t ideal. P2 though, I couldn’t be more happy. It has put us slightly on the back foot for the final race, as I am starting seventh, but I’ve got more points and that is all that matters.”
Third-place: Callan O’Keeffe, Douglas Motorsport
“I am a bit disappointed. I think we could have done a better job than what we did. I got a terrible start off the line. I am obviously disappointed as I think we had the speed at least to match Enaam Ahmed. Being out of racing last year and this being my first podium back, it does feel good in a way but at the same time, it is a weird emotion. We qualified 12th on Saturday and we’ve managed to get a podium out of it so hopefully we can keep building on it as this has been a recovery weekend. Big thanks to the Douglas Motorsport boys for putting in the hours.”
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