Enaam Ahmed drove for B-MAX Racing with Motopark on day one of Super Formula’s post-season Fuji Speedway rookie test, marking his first driving since leaving the FIA Formula 3 Championship.
After a race-winning campaign in SF’s supporting Super Formula Lights series with B-MAX in 2019, London-based Ahmed returned to Europe this year to race in FIA F3. His season only lasted three rounds before he left, and he has not raced since.
The 20-year-old was one of three drivers in action for B-MAX on the first day of the test, with team boss DRAGON and Formula Regional Japanese Championship racer Nobuhiro Imada also sampling the team’s cars.
The driver who set the pace was newly crowned three-time SF champion Naoki Yamamoto, who was driving for Nakajima Racing rather than his usual Dandelion Racing outfit.
His Tuesday morning benchmark of a 1m20.338s was 0.149 seconds faster than usual team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi’s afternoon best.
Besides the B-MAX crew, the other ‘rookies’ to take part in the test included new SF Lights champion Ritomo Miyata at TOM’S, who is all but guaranteed a full-time SF promotion next year after starring in his first two races in 2020, FRJC champion Sena Sakaguchi at INGING and SF Lights racer Shunsuke Kohno at ROOKIE Racing.
Miyata was fastest in the SF Lights test that ran alongside on Tuesday, heading Rn-sports’ Atsushi Miyake – the 2019 Japanese Formula 4 runner-up – by 0.142s.
B-MAX’s ex-Formula V8 3.5 racer Yu Kanamaru was third fastest, ahead of Kohno (RS Fine) and TOM’S-driving Toyota proteges Hibiki Taira, who is the new Japanese F4 champion, and Kazuto Kotaka.
|1||Naoki Yamamoto||Nakajima Racing||1m20.338s||81|
|2||Nirei Fukuzumi||Dandelion Racing||1m20.487s||+0.149s||94|
|3||Tomoki Nojiri||Team Mugen||1m20.501s||+0.163s||75|
|4||Toshiki Oyu||Nakajima Racing||1m20.648s||+0.310s||84|
|7||Tatiana Calderon||ThreeBond w/ Drago Corse||1m20.935s||+0.597s||70|
|8||Ryo Hirakawa||Team Impul||1m21.252s||+0.914s||84|
|11||Kazuya Oshima||ROOKIE Racing||1m21.434s||+1.096s||37|
|12||Sacha Fenestraz||Kondo Racing||1m21.520s||+1.182s||103|
|14||Kenta Yamashita||Kondo Racing||1m21.588s||+1.250s||98|
|16||Enaam Ahmed||B-MAX Racing w/ Motopark||1m22.186s||+1.848s||94|
|17||Shunsuke Kohno||ROOKIE Racing||1m23.003s||+2.665s||51|
|18||Nobuhiro Imada||B-MAX Racing w/ Motopark||1m24.571s||+4.233s||48|
|19||DRAGON||B-MAX Racing w/ Motopark||1m25.580s||+5.242s||24|