Dan Ticktum Turns the Tables in Race Two Triumph

by Connor Jackson

Dan Ticktum succeeded where he failed in race one, by getting a clean start and pulling away in the second BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy race. He built a four second gap over the course of the 12 lap race. Though it will be Enaam Ahmed who comes away with the points lead.

After his disaster in race one, Ticktum made a strong start, building momentum in the opening lap. It was race one winner Ahmed who had beaten Joey Mawson off the line, but the Australian was not prepared to settle back.

There was a queue forming behind sixth place Tarun Reddy, who had made a promising start, gaining places in the opening lap.

Back at the front, Ticktum repeated Ahmed’s blistering start, breaking away by three seconds in just two laps. This was mostly due to Ahmed holding up Mawson and Marcus Armstrong. While the Kiwi driver had made minimal impact in the opening encounter, he was back on form as the drivers proved their worth.

The setting sun greeted the drivers as Ticktum continued to set fastest laps and build the gap over Ahmed. The Carlin driver was struggling to hold off the plight of his Australian rival, though Armstrong continued to fall back.

Frustratingly for Ben Hingeley, he was given a 10 second penalty for jumping the start, dropping him to the tail end of the top ten. Elsewhere, James Pull, who was now classified sixth, held off Callan O’Keeffe after a late challenge from the South African.

As the flag fell, it was Ticktum who took the win by over four seconds. Ahmed came home second, thus securing the championship lead as Mawson resigned himself to the final podium slot.

Armstrong set a string of fastest laps in the closing laps, but couldn’t do anything about the podium fight in front. Reddy would receive a time penalty for an incident at the start, pushing him behind O’Keeffe in the order. In the final two laps, O’Keeffe had jumped in front of Pull, who would be seventh with Hingeley in eighth after his ten second penalty.

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