Ticktum takes Race 1 win to put championship back on track

Dan Ticktum claims his third win of the MSA Formula season to help his championship chances after being disqualified from the last race weekend. The win was gifted after Colton Herta spun out from the lead having taken pole.

Herta started on pole after an impressive qualifying session, having an impressive start. While behind, Ticktum moved up one position after taking Lando Norris at the start. Ticktum continued to improve, as he started to put pressure on Herta for the lead going into lap two.

The other championship contender, Matheus Leist, had a poor start dropping from sixth to ninth on the first lap.

The second lap saw drama for the leaders with Herta spinning from his lead after getting sideways at Brundle, dropping all the way to 11th. Ticktum had to avoid the spinning Carlin car allowing Norris and Ricky Collard to catch up.

The top three started to break away with Sennan Fielding in fourth, now under pressure from Petru Florescu. Meanwhile, Herta tried to make progress setting the fastest lap with twelve minutes to go, moving up to tenth.

At the half way stage Ticktum lead Norris and Collard, with the third place driver, now over 2 seconds ahead of a slower Sennan Fielding. While Josh Smith pits after a broken rim and Sandy Mitchell ran off in sector one, dropping him well outside the top ten.

With five minutes remaining, Ticktum stretched his lead to half a second, because Norris was more focused on the pressure from Collard behind. Leist continues to make progress, as he diced for seventh with Tarun Reddy, however, this allowed Herta to catch up, going side by side with the Indian driver across the line.

Ticktum took the chequered flag to claim his third win of the season from Norris and Collard in the first race at Snetterton. Fielding finished a lonely fourth ahead of Florescu and Enaam Ahmed.

Behind them, Leist beat Reddy and Herta for seventh place, with Jack Barlow finishing tenth and claiming reverse grid pole for round 15.