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Ticktum Claims Macau GP Pole in Chaotic Qualifying Session

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Dan Ticktum Macau GP Q2
Credit: Davide Pastanella / Red Bull Content Pool

The 2017 Macau Grand Prix winner Dan Ticktum produced two sensational laps to claim pole for the FIA F3 World Cup Qualification Race tomorrow.

After Thursday’s qualifying, Ticktum was already on provisional pole, after a tense battle with Callum Ilott, but was unable to improve on his best lap in the early stages.

Ilott remains second on the grid, with the Carlin driver lucky to have emerged unscathed after a near miss with Marino Sato at Post 16 Bend on his final lap after the Motopark driver spun into the barriers ahead of him.

The Ferrari Driver Academy member had gone to pole  on his first flying lap following a late full-course yellow caused by Enaam Ahmed crashing at R Bend.

In the final six minutes, Ticktum made the time count as he delivered two laps that were good enough for pole.

The chasing Ilott made inroads into his fellow Britons time but it was not enough.

Almost at the same time as Sato’s crash, Ukyo Sasahara crashed at R Bend and BMW DTM driver Joel Eriksson was unable to avoid him meaning that the red flags brought the session to a premature end.

Sacha Fenestraz saved his best for last as he produced a brilliant lap to grab third at the end of the session, before the Sasahara-Eriksson incident.

Despite the incident, Eriksson ended up fourth ahead of Guan Yu Zhou and Jake Hughes as the FIA European Formula 3 Championship drivers led the way.

Before his crash, Sato put in an impressive performance to qualify seventh, and shares the fourth row with best placed Macau debutant Marcus Armstrong who crashed at the Melco hairpin halfway through the session.

Mick Schumacher could not match his session topping free practice time and qualified in ninth, with his Prema machine slowing on the final lap for unknown reasons. Lining up alongside him is team-mate Ralf Aron.

Other incidents in the session included Keyvan Andres collided with Yoshiaki Katayama at Lisboa, while Sho Tsuboi dropped it at the Solitude Esses causing an early red flag.

After being the best placed Van Amersfoort Racing driver all weekend Sophia Flörsch had an incident on the mountain meaning she is down in twenty-fourth.

The qualifying race gets underway at 9.00 local time and runs for ten laps.

Macau Grand Prix Qualifying 2 Results

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