Red Bull Junior Team member Dan Ticktum took victory in the Macau Grand Prix for the second time in his career.
In 2017, Ticktum claimed the victory in dramatic fashion after Sergio Sette Camara and Ferdinand Habsburg running first and second crashed at the final corner on the final lap to hand Ticktum the victory.
This year was quite a different story.
The Briton led from start to finish, having dominated this weekend but the race was overshadowed by a horrific crash for Sophia Flörsch and Sho Tsuboi which caused a length red-flag period.
Flörsch’s car flew over the barrier after being launched over the top of Tsuboi’s car at Lisboa Bend on lap four. Both drivers were transferred to hospital, as well as two photographers and a marshal.
After the lengthy delay to repair the broken fencing, Ticktum got away well at the restart although he briefly came under pressure from the chasing Joel Eriksson after the Swede had passed Sacha Fenestraz at the restart.
But, just as he had all weekend, Ticktum had plenty of speed in hand and pulled away from those behind.
The safety car was out once again Enaam Ahmed crashed out at Moorish, his third shunt of the weekend.
Only four laps were remaining when the safety car returned to the pits, and within two laps Ticktum’s lead was at one and half seconds.
The Motopark driver finally crossed the line 1.2 seconds clear, with Carlin‘s Sacha Fenestraz in third.
Jake Hughes claimed fourth and was closing in on Fenestraz in the latter stages.
Callum Ilott lost out at the start and at the red-flag restart, when FIA European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher passed him for fifth.
Ilott found himself engaged in a battle with Ralf Aron with the Estonian passing the Briton to trail his Prema team-mate home.
Aron’s countryman Jüri Vips, battled his way through an got himself up into seventh place.
As a result, Ilott led his fellow Ferrari Driver Academy members Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman home in eighth, ninth and tenth.
Other incidents in the race, that caused the initial safety car was due to two separate crashes at Lisboa on the first lap.
Marino Sato crashed on the exit, while Alex Palou went into the barrier on entry, and Hon Chio Leong and Keyvan Soori Andres got caught up reacting to Palou.
2018 Macau Grand Prix Results
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