F4 British Championship

Ticktum Extends Championship Lead as Rivals Falter

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Dan Ticktum used his pole position in the best possible way by taking the race victory and fastest lap. However; the race was defined by a large sequence of crashes in the first lap. Resulting in four retirements and a ruined race for Lando Norris.

Before the race even started, Matheus Leist, the race five winner, spun from near the back of the grid meaning he was unable to start. Ticktum lined up on pole as the top six on the grid was the same top six as race three’s grid after many of the drivers got two competitive laps in during qualifying. Alongside him on the grid was Norris, with James Pull and Gustavo Myasava behind.

The twenty-minute race started with a good get away from Ticktum as Norris had wheel spin. As a result Norris pulled over to the opposite side of the race track and clipped the front wing of Myasava. This resulted in the Carlin driver getting a puncture.

Into the first corner, Myasava hit Sandy Mitchell, thus resulting in Mitchell spinning into the gravel while there was close racing behind, resulting in Rafael Martins running over the grass and coming back onto the track at Old Hairpin spinning and causing carnage behind. This finally triggered the safety car as Norris pitted with his flat tyre. This allowed him to catch the pack at the back, now in seventeenth.

While under the safety car, Ticktum now lead from Pull, Ricky Collard, Sennan Fielding and Colton Herta. Fielding had made the best start having gained six positions in the first lap. There had been red and yellow flags in the final corner after some gravel had been driven onto the track.

The race restarted with eleven minutes to go, when it did, Collard made the bold move into Redgate to take second from Pull. Despite this, Pull kept pace and was within a second of him for most of the race.

Ticktum used this time to build his lead as the others fought setting the fastest lap. Herta had his own problems after damaging his wing, however continued unaffected. Norris made good progress up the field and over the nine minutes of racing managed to move up to tenth taking some vital points.

Fielding and Louise Richardson ran into problems and had to pit. So at the finish, Ticktum claimed his second win of the season and extends his championship lead, he was joined by Collard and Pull on the podium with Herta and Jack Barlow behind.

MSA Formula Donington Park Race 3 Result

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