Ticktum Retires on the Last Lap to give Fielding Victory


Sennan Fielding inherited victory at Knockhill in MSA Formula after race-long leader Dan Ticktum broke down on the final lap before a red flag halted proceedings.

Ticktum had the best opportunity for victory having been given reverse pole after yesterday’s immaculate drive through the field. It would be a race lead he’d keep for most of the session. He stayed out of trouble in the first corner when Tarun Reddy and Jess Hawkins collided into the first turn, beaching their cars in the gravel.

The safety car was called as a result, which gave Josh Smith the best opportunity to cement his second position. However; Ticktum seemed unfazed by the Racing Steps Foundation driver as he quickly build up a lead.

Although it would be eradicated after a second safety car, he kept his composure to maintain his lead until the final lap. Unfortunately for him though, the car would experience technical difficulties, slowing him considerably and causing a pile up behind with Daniel Baybutt being spun off.

A red flag was called with Baybutt stuck on the track, but the results haven’t been counted back one lap, meaning it was Sennan Fielding who took victory in Knockhill. Fielding had spent much of the race in fourth, but made the most of the various incident to keep his composure and cross the line with a surprise victory.

Behind him was Colton Herta and Smith. An incident in the closing stages had seen Herta make a forcefull move to pass Smith. The young Brit would then rejoin the track taking out James Pull in the process. The entire incident allowed Fielding through into, what was then, second.

Behind the podium places was Sandy Mitchell. Once again he’d not featured for most of the race, but had been caught by the drivers behind in the latter stages. He maintained the pressure, and would inherit fourth on the line.

Meanwhile; another outstanding defensive display had allowed Enaam Ahmed to collect fifth. He was under pressure from the recovering Lando Norris in the early stages, but like on Saturday, he maintained the position until a lunge by Norris saw him wiped out by Baybutt, causing the second safety car.

Rounding out the top six was Matheus Leist, in a race that saw only 11 cars make it back to the pitlane after taking the chequered flag.