Colton Herta takes maiden MSA Formula victory at Snetterton


Colton Herta won his first MSA Formula race of the season to give another win to the ever successful Carlin team. The American managed to make the most of the front row start, moving into the lead before the safety car period at Snetterton.

The grid saw the first ten from the opening race reversed, meaning that Jack Barlow was on pole ahead of Herta who was hoping to improve after his spin in the opening race on Saturday.

Barlow had a good start with the rest of the pack safely feeding through the complex. He built up a small gap after the first lap, leading from Herta and Tarun Reddy as they’d started on the grid. Meanwhile Petru Florescu saw his race turn sour after a poor opening lap meant he fell to eleventh.

Dan Ticktum started to make progress through the field, moving up to fifth from tenth, by lap two. However; a poor weekend for Sandy Mitchell got worse after a spin at the Montreal Hairpin seeing him retire. This would bring out the safety car, but not before Herta made the move for the lead at the start of the third lap.

During the neutralised period, Ollie Pidgley came into the pits to replace his front wing, continuing at the back, while Ameya Vaidyanathan was also removed from the track after beaching his car on the kerb.

With six minutes to go, the safety car came in allowing Herta to stretch a lead over Barlow and Reddy behind, while Enaam Ahmed looked to defend from the on pace Ticktum and Sennan Fielding.

However; disaster for Matheus Leist saw him pull into the pits after an overheating engine. At the same time, Barlow was controversially given a drive through penalty for a jump start.

As the race came to a close, it was clear that Ticktum and Fielding were not finished and moved up yet another place along with Toby Sowery at the expense of Reddy as Barlow took his drive through.

As the flag fell, Herta won the race by a dominant three seconds over Ticktum and Fielding, while Sowery claimed fourth from Reddy and championship leader Ricky Collard, with Ahmed and Lando Norris rounding out the top eight.

Herta will be on pole for race three at 15:20 local time.