Dan Ticktum left his qualifying run late, but did so in enough time to take pole for the first and the the third race around the Donington National Circuit.
Petru Florescu knew his weekend would be troubled. He’d had to replace his engine after a failure in the Thruxton test. This meant that he had a 10 place grid penalty for wherever he qualified. With this in mind he attempted to get up to speed quickly and was the first to set a competitive time of 1:13.470.
However; the times tumbled constantly for the first 10 minutes of the session. With Florescu’s time getting beaten by first, Sandy Mitchell on a 1:11.883, then Matheus Leist on a 1:10.404, before Lando Norris broke into the 1 minute 9 second mark.
Norris would beat his time at the top as many challenged him but could not get close enough. So with 12 minutes to go, Norris lead from Leist, Rafael Martins, Daniel Baybutt and Mitchell.
However; the man to break Norris’ grip on pole was Round 2 winner, Ricky Collard, as Ticktum made his move up to 2nd. Norris responded by setting a lap time in the 1 minute 7 second range. Meanwhile Martins found himself pushing too hard and was given a warning for track limits.
There were problems for some competitors including Ollie Pidgley who is competing in his first weekend for Richardson Racing. The car had throttle problems leaving the driver 21st as he could complete no more laps.
After a strong start there were off’s for Florescu, meaning he qualified 12th and will start at the back after his penalty. As well for the other rookie; Ameya Vaidyanathan, however, he impressed on his debut going 13th.
Sennan Fielding was unable to complete the end of the session as he was called into Parc fermé as Ticktum proceeded to go faster and take pole in both qualifying grids.
So in race 1, Ticktum is on Pole from Norris, James Pull, Gustavo Myasava, Mitchell and Martins. While in race 3, the top 6 are the same.
MSA Formula Donington Park Race 1 Qualifying Result
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MSA Formula Donington Park Race 3 Qualifying Result
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