Ticktum Denies Team-mate Vips in Photo Finish in Norisring Finale

Daniel Ticktum - Motopark
Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Mere hours after being involved in a start-line crash that heavily damaged his Motopark car, Daniel Ticktum was standing on the top step of the podium at the Norisring after edging out team-mate Jüri Vips in a photo finish at the end of a stop/start final race of the weekend.

Marcus Armstrong led Ticktum into turn one on the opening lap, but the race was soon under safety car conditions as Alex Palou collided with Nikita Troitskiy, while both Jonathan Aberdein and Ben Hingeley also found themselves involved as a chain reaction took place.  Of the quartet, only Palou managed to continue, albeit until he returned to the pits when his suspension broke whilst running behind the safety car.

Eleven minutes of trailing behind the safety car, the red flag flew so the marshals could do their job and clear the track, having done a lacklustre job up until then, mainly due to having inadequate vehicles to retrieve the stricken cars.

The safety car was immediately out again on the restart after Keyvan Andres hit the barriers at the Dutzenteich hairpin even before he had crossed the start line, but on the following restart, Ticktum made his move on Armstrong for the lead, going around the outside of turn one to put himself into a perfect position into the following turn to assume the advantage at the front.

Before he could even complete the lap however, the safety car was out again as Artem Petrov was pushed into Sacha Fenestraz at Dutzenteich by Mick Schumacher.  Fenestraz was forced into retirement – the second time this weekend he was eliminated at Dutzenteich having hit the wall there in race one – and Schumacher was handed a time penalty post-race for the causing the incident.

Armstrong lost second to Vips when the race got underway again, with the Estonian getting the better of the New Zealander at Dutzenteich, with the Motopark ace then aiming for Ticktum.  The two ran nose to tail out of the final turns, and although Vips pulled out of the slipstream as the line approached, the gap between them was 0.057 seconds at the flag in Ticktum’s favour.

Armstrong held third despite late pressure from his Prema Theodore Racing team-mate Guan Yu Zhou, while Jehan Daruvala did likewise to hold on to fifth for Carlin ahead of Prema’s Ralf Aron, with the final two Prema entries – Robert Shwartzman and Schumacher – following them home.

Unfortunately for Schumacher, the penalty relegated him to fifteenth in the final result, promoting Enaam Ahmed to eighth for Hitech Grand Prix ahead of Carlin’s Ferdinand Habsburg and Motopark’s Sebastian Fernandez, with the Venezuelan scoring his first point of the season.

Following his crash with Ticktum in race one, Ameya Vaidyanathan was ruled out of the finale, with the Indian having been taken to hospital as a precaution post-crash, although he did not have a repairable car available to him in any case.

Norisring Race 3 Result

127Daniel TicktumGBRMotopark44:53.502
244Juri VipsESTMotopark+0.057
38Marcus ArmstrongNZLPrema Theodore Racing+2.532
41Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Theodore Racing+2.940
59Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin+3.810
67Ralf AronESTPrema Theodore Racing+4.607
710Robert ShwartzmanRUSPrema Theodore Racing+4.987
865Enaam AhmedGBRHitech Grand Prix+6.492
962Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin+6.822
103Sebastian FernandezVENMotopark+7.739
1112Artem PetrovRUSVan Amersfoort Racing+9.046
1218Julian HansesGERMa-Con+10.970
1333Marino SatoJAPMotopark+11.270
145Petru FlorescuROMFortec Motorsports+11.532
154Mick SchumacherGERPrema Theodore Racing+25.450
1613Fabio SchererSWIMotopark+1 Lap
RET11Sacha FenestrazFRACarlinRetired
RET15Keyvan AndresGERVan Amersfoort RacingRetired
RET39Alex PalouESPHitech Grand PrixRetired
RET16Nikita TroitskiyRUSCarlinRetired
RET23Jonathan AberdeinRSAMotoparkRetired
RET77Ben HingeleyGBRHitech Grand PrixRetired
DNS24Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlinDid Not Start