Omar had yet another successful race weekend at the legendary Brands Hatch GP circuit at the beginning of August, adding yet another podium to his tally so early in his career in single seater racing.
After struggling in free practice, Omar had to give one of his best comebacks to date come qualifying, and due to his hard work off the track beforehand and total focus during qualifying, Omar was able to secure 5th place.
Omar made a messy start from 5th in race 1, losing one in the first couple of corners. After things settled on the first lap, there was no overtaking throughout the whole race due to the nature of the circuit, and so Omar finished the first race in 6th.
Omar started Race 2 in 3rd and got up to 2nd during the race, and was running in 2nd for most of the race until the penultimate lap where a last minute overtaking manoeuvre caused Omar to drop a wheel on the grass and spin. Despite this, Omar made a blistering recovery drive and finished the race in 7th. “I was a little disappointed with race 2, but I’m glad I kept my focus and made a good recovery.”
Come the final race of the day, and Omar is starting on the front row alongside the championship leader and all-weekend-pacesetter Will Palmer. He made a good getaway from the line, and challenged Palmer for the lead in the first corner, but it wasn’t quite enough and so Ismail had to settle for second at the end of the first lap. Will extended his lead from Ismail who was under constant pressure from Ciaran Haggerty in third, which forced Omar to defend on the last lap, however he was able to fend off Haggerty to keep second and add another podium to Omar’s tally. “It has been quite an eventful weekend so it’s good to end on a high. Towards the end of the race I lost a bit of grip as the tyres started to go off so Haggerty caught me but I knew where I needed to defend to keep second. Palmer’s pace has been great all weekend so I think I did well to keep him in my sights for most of the race.”