The 2016 Duo BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy took place at Snetterton over the weekend of October 29/30, and the Douglas Motorsport drivers put on an impressive display, with a car in the top 3 in every race, including 2 cars in the top 3 of race 3.
Recently crowned German Formula 4 Champion, Joey Mawson, made his F3 debut with Douglas Motorsport and ran at the front of each race and challenged for the lead. He went into race 4 with a chance of winning the title and would have started on pole as a result of the pace he showed all weekend, however the worsening fog at the racetrack meant the final race was called off, handing the title to Enaam Ahmed, who led after race 3.
Former Ginetta Junior champion Jamie Caroline, after spending some time testing the car the weekend previous, impressed over the weekend and his continued improvement resulted in a third place finish in race 3, giving Douglas Motorsport a double podium finish, 2nd and 3rd place. After race 3 Jamie was in fifth place overall and was in contention for an overall third place finish, had race 4 gone ahead.
Overall it was a successful weekend for the Douglas team, with two drivers gaining their first experience of British F3, and only losing out to a driver with a full season of F3 behind him. Enaam Ahmed, who drove for the team for the entire 2016 season, was able to use the experience he gained with the team to win the overall trophy, and it is a testament to the entire Douglas team and the experience within the race team to see former drivers develop and go on to further success. Enaam’s former Douglas team-mate, Thomas Randle, is now impressing in the Formula V8 3.5 Series. In the series finale, and only his second meeting of the series, he managed to lead the race for a time before finishing in an impressive 11th place.