TEAM NEWS: Collard and Mitchell reign at Rockingham

TRS Arden drivers Sandy Mitchell & Ricky Collard with (right) Sennan Fielding

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TEAM NEWS 10 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – It was a mixed weekend for TRS Arden for rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the MSA Formula Championship held at Rockingham Circuit, Corby.

Testing on Friday was very close, with less than one second covering the top 11 drivers at Rockingham. Championship leader Ricky Collard was second fastest in the morning session just 0.176s off Carlin’s Lando Norris. After struggling to post a quicker time in the afternoon, Ricky ended up being fifth fastest overall on Friday just beating team mate Enaam to complete the top five. Enaam had a positive day finishing in the top six in both the morning and afternoon free practise sessions. Sandy’s morning session came to an end early doors after carrying too much speed in the chicane causing him to brush the wall as he came out on to the unyielding nature of Rockingham’s pit straight. However, in the afternoon he managed ninth fastest overall.

It was looking to be a wet qualifying on Saturday after early morning downpours, however, due to not being the first cars on circuit, a dry line soon appeared. Ricky had a disastrous qualifying after hooking a wheel on the kerb out of Gracelands (turn 8) and slid sideways into the barriers. This put an end to his session bringing out the red flags just 10 minutes in. Enaam posted the sixth fastest time and Sandy Mitchell completed the top 10.

Enaam had a great start in race one past Leist [Double R] and Fielding [JHR Developments] into fourth place, which is where he finished. Ricky made the best of his difficult situation, starting from 20th he managed to make seven places up by the end of lap one which saw him in 13th just before the safety car was deployed which then gave him a great opportunity to attack to finish in a good position for the reverse grid race. Sandy made a good start from 10th and got into 9th before the first corner before dropping back to 10th as Fortec’s Josh Smith gained his place back from Sandy. Sandy went on to finish 10th just missing out on the reverse grid pole position for race two. JTR’s Daniel Baybutt was given a 10-second penalty from eighth after misjudging the start which then gave Sandy pole and Ricky second for the reverse grid in race two on Sunday morning.

A great race for Arden’s junior MSA Formula team on Sunday morning, which saw all three drivers finish in the top six. Sandy made a great start from pole position, whilst Ricky suffered from wheel spin but managed to defend his second place until he took the lead on lap two, turn two from team mate Sandy. Ricky then managed to control his lead from there taking his fifth win of the season. Enaam brought home more solid consistent points, closely behind Sandy and Ricky, in sixth place from eighth on the grid. JHR’s Sennan Fielding took second place from Sandy after the safety car pulled in on lap four. Sandy finished third and claimed the Rookie class win.

Enaam was in the hunt for a podium finish with being the only front runner with new tyres for race three by lap five, he had made it into fourth which was unfortunately taken away from him on lap five due to a drive-through penalty. Sandy was also unfortunate of a drive-through penalty after also lying in fourth at the point when the penalty was issued. Ricky again had to drive from 20th and last on the grid, the legacy of his qualifying incident. However he made great progress and secured another eighth place finish to bring home some points.

Ricky Collard: “I apologise to the team for the mistake I made in qualifying, it cost us a great deal of points. The determination to succeed has been a real backbone in keeping my championship hopes alive. Another win at the weekend shows we still have the ability to win the championship and with a fresh mind at Silverstone I feel positive we can push for more wins and more importantly the championship.”

Sandy Mitchell: “I had a strong ninth place finish in race one. It was great to be back on the overall podium in race two and the top step of the rookie podium. It’s a shame that I was given a drive through penalty in error in race three. Now looking forward to Silverstone. Thanks to TRS Arden and all my sponsors.”

Enaam Ahmed: “We had some good top-five finishes and I’m very happy with the points we scored. Disappointed with the last race as I felt there was a podium on the cards but this makes me hungrier for Silverstone.”

Champ karter Enaam Ahmed secures TRS Arden seat in MSA Formula

21 January, 2015 – Another karting World Champion has signed to begin his car-racing career in MSA Formula, the new FIA-accredited single-seater series for junior drivers. He is Enaam Ahmed, who won both the European and World CIK FIA Karting World Championships in 2014, a feat previously achieved by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Londoner Enaam is joining the TRS Arden squad for his attack on the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship, and team boss Gary Horner is delighted: “We are very excited to have Enaam signed with our MSA Formula team. He has certainly impressed us with his performance in several championships last season and we are certain he can carry this through taking the next step up to focus on single seater racing.”

Enaam, who turns 15 next month, said: “I’m very excited to be with Arden, they’ve had good pedigree so I’m sure we’ll get on well. It was a hard decision but it was too good to turn down. The first half of the year will be about learning. I think it’s going to be the hardest F4 championship in the world. It will be a good stepping stone.”

Ahmed achieved five major titles last season: the CIK World Championship, winning all heats and the final from the pole by six seconds; the CIK European Championship; the WSK Super Masters; the Champions Cup and the Winter Cup. He holds the record for the youngest driver to win the karting double at just 14 – the previous record holder was a 15-year-old Lewis Hamilton.

He cut his motorsport teeth at the age of nine in cadet karts, in 2012 claiming the national Super One title and finishing second in the MSA Cadet championship. He moved into international KF Junior racing in 2013 with Ricky Flynn Motorsport, teamed alongside Lando Norris, against whom he will be pitched again this season in MSA Formula, Norris having signed with Carlin.

Ahmed, whose career is overseen by Edge Sporting Management, is the second of TRS Arden’s three drivers to be revealed. The squad confirmed its first pilot – British Super One Junior Max Kart Champion Sandy Mitchell – earlier this month.

MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and will be the British Touring Car Championship’s single-seater support series, enjoying live TV coverage and bumper raceday spectator attendance. The championship will be decided over 30 races; three at each of the 10 BTCC meetings to be held between April and October.

The winning driver will hold the title FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain, and will earn 10 Grand Prix Superlicence points to get his or her career off to a flying start, in addition to being awarded a career-enhancing test drive with a leading FIA Formula 3 team.