19th Oct, 2017

Mixed emotions for Omar Ismail on Silverstone bow

Solihull Editorial 2nd Jul, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

IT PROVED to be a mixture emotions for Omar Ismail on his debut in single seater racing in the third round of the Duo BRDC F4 Championship at the famous Silverstone GP circuit.

The 15-year-old had never tested at Silverstone before but in qualifying on May 30 he produced a fast lap on the dry surface to put him in ninth position.

In the first race Ismail made a bright start by making two places in the first corner before finishing in seventh position.

He started race two on the front row, which was very uncommon for his second race but the now wet track caused him problems and contact with another driver on the penultimate lap forced him to retire.

Ismail started the third and final race in 14th position and he pulled to as high as eighth with a series of superb overtaking manoeuvres.

But unfortunately he ran wide on a corner and spun on the slippery surface which put him down to 17th.

“It was a mixed weekend for me,” said Ismail. “I wasn’t expected to be contending with the leaders, so I am happy that I made a big impact coming into this championship and proved to any doubters that I have serious potential.

“I did have some incidents in races two and three and so results weren’t as high as they could have been, but overall it was a good debut and I am happy with how it went.

“Thanks to CDR for providing me with such a great car, and Kieren Clark for being such a great coach and mentor to me.”

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