It was a great weekend for Dan Ticktum who managed to not only take home the first two victories of his MSA Formula career, but also build up a large lead in the drivers championship. He spoke about his sensational weekend.
Lando Norris had been the star of Brands Hatch, but at Donington Park, it had been Ticktum who was the man to beat. He started his weekend off in good form by managing the fastest time in Thursday practice. Going into Saturday he looked to improve. He had been quiet for most of qualifying, but set two quick laps at the end of the session to ensure he was on pole for race 4 and race 6.
The first race of the weekend went as planned for the fifteen-year-old. As his rivals battled behind he managed to run off and win the race by eight seconds, the largest of the season. While he managed to move up to fifth after starting eighth in race 5 of the season.
Now the championship leader, he was thrown a lucky break as rival Norris was involved in a large crash sequence on the first lap. With many of his rivals struggling, he hung on after the safety car to take his second victory.
“It’s been an amazing weekend with two victories and two poles” said Dan. “Race 2 was also very important for the Championship as I managed to be consistent and make my way through the field avoiding any contact. I really want to thank the team for giving me such a great car. I’m so looking forward to the rest of the season.”
While the Fortec Motorsport team were also pleased with his work. “Dan and the team have had a brilliant weekend, we couldn’t have asked for a better one.” spoke Dan Mitchell, the Fortec team manager.
“We now have to work even harder because everyone else will be playing catch up and we need to keep them behind us. Dan has been fantastic and has shown how talented he is by leading from the front and keeping out of trouble when he had to make his way through the field.”
Dan Ticktum now leads the championship by 27 points over his nearest rival and fellow race winner, Ricky Collard. But with no drop points, consistency will be key. He cannot afford to rest on his laurels with the field catching up.