Ticktum surges to maiden pole at Wet Hungaroring


Daniel Ticktum will start race one from pole position in Hungary - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Daniel Ticktum took advantage of the favourable weather conditions that Group B had during qualifying at the Hungaroring to secure his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series pole position on Saturday morning.

A wet track greeted the thirty drivers, but the fifteen drivers in Group A had the worst of the conditions, and despite Sacha Fenestraz topping his session, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver was forced to watch Group B go faster, which enabled Ticktum to grab pole position, the first in the series for both himself and his Arden Motorsport team.

Fenestraz will start second as a result of topping his group, while row two sees Gabriel Aubry of Tech 1 Racing alongside the impressive Thomas Randle, racing in the category for the first time this weekend for the AVF by Adrian Vallés squad, with both drivers having set the second best times in their respective sessions.

Max Defourny will start fifth for R-ace GP, but it was an otherwise disappointing session for the French team, with Robert Shwartzman eleventh and championship leader Will Palmer twenty-second after suffering with apparent technical issues during the session. The fourth R-ace GP car of Raul Guzman will line-up twenty-third.

Thomas Maxwell will line-up alongside Defourny in sixth for Tech 1 Racing, who saw Max Fewtrell crash out of the session, with the Briton set to start thirtieth and last as a result.

Aleksandr Vartanyan of JD Motorsport will start seventh ahead of the Red Bull-backed MP Motorsport duo of Richard Verschoor and Neil Verhagen, while Najiy Ayyad bin Abd Razak of Fortec Motorsports surprisingly completes the top ten.

Hungaroring Race 1 Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
133Daniel TicktumGBRArden Motorsport1:56.198
211Sacha FenestrazFRAJosef Kaufmann Racing1:57.670
34Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing1:56.400
416Thomas RandleAUSAVF by Adrian Valles1:58.615
59Max DefournyBELR-ace GP1:56.479
65Thomas MaxwellAUSTech 1 Racing1:58.909
723Aleksandr VartanyanRUSJD Motorsport1:56.605
829Richard VerschoorNEDMP Motorsport1:59.031
931Neil VerhagenUSAMP Motorsport1:56.937
1020Najiy Ayyad bin Abd RazakMALFortec Motorsports1:59.341
1110Robert ShwartzmanRUSR-ace GP1:57.172
1217Alex PeroniAUSFortec Motorsports1:59.345
1313Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles1:57.300
141Yifei YeCHNJosef Kaufmann Racing1:59.454
1530Jarno OpmeerNEDMP Motorsport1:57.370
166Thomas NeubauerFRATech 1 Racing1:59.781
1730Bartlomiej MireckiPOLBM Racing Team1:57.389
1834Ghislain CordeelBELArden Motorsport1:59.894
1993Zane GoddardAUSArden Motorsport1:57.538
202Luis LeedsAUSJosef Kaufmann Racing2:00.129
2126Presley MartonoINOMark Burdett Motorsport1:57.578
228Will PalmerGBRR-ace GP2:02.353
2312Raul GuzmanMEXR-ace GP1:58.000
2425Julia PankiewiczPOLMark Burdett Motorsport2:02.692
2521Sun Yue YangCHNJD Motorsport1:58.040
2615Axel MatusMEXAVF by Adrian Valles2:04.085
2719Frank BirdGBRFortec Motorsports1:58.169
2818Aleksey KorneevRUSFortec Motorsports2:07.996
2922Jean Baptiste SimmenauerFRAJD Motorsport1:58.295
307Max FewtrellGBRTech 1 Racing2:17.934