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Ticktum The MSA Formula Pace-Setter At Silverstone

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Daniel Ticktum topped his second MSA Formula test day of the pre-season, adding a fastest time at Silverstone today (16th March) to one at Snetterton at the start of the month.

A total of eighteen drivers took the track across six forty-five minute sessions over the course of the day, during which they had to dodge some rain showers to set their best times around the 1.6 mile National layout.

Fortec Motorsport’s Ticktum was the quickest when the track was at its best in session four, his best lap of 56.819s putting him over quarter of a second clear of his closest rival, Carlin’s Colton Herta.

Herta’s team-mate Lando Norris continued his strong pre-season with the third fastest time on the day, with himself, Herta and fourth-placed Ricky Collard split by just 0.091s at the end of the day.

Collard’s Arden stablemate Sandy Mitchell was not far behind with a 57.623s lap, while over three tenths of a second further adrift to complete the top six was Daniel Baybutt. An impressive seventh meanwhile was Matheus Tobias Leist, who was confirmed earlier today at Double R Racing.

Enaam Ahmed, James Pull and Josh Smith rounded out the top ten for Arden, JTR and Fortec respectively, with 1.043s splitting the top ten at the end of the day, with Petru Florescu 0.236s behind Smith in eleventh.

Alongside the teams who have been out all winter, MBM gave their first chassis a shakedown run with ex-Formula Ford front-runner Jack Barlow at the wheel, while Falcon Motorsport made progress with its new car in the hands of Connor Hall.

Darius Karbaley made his first outing meanwhile with Richardson Racing alongside Greg Holloway, while the as yet unconfirmed Ameya Vaidyanathan was in action again with Team Pyro. The final timed pre-season test day comes at Rockingham on Wednesday (18th March).

Full results from the testing can be found here.

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