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Ticktum Cruises to Macau Qualifying Race Victory

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Dan Ticktum - Macau Qualifying Race
Credit: Davide Pastanella / Red Bull Content Pool

Dan Ticktum backed up the strong pace he has shown thus far at the Macau Grand Prix with victory in the qualification race.

The Briton was untroubled from lap two, although he did have to avoid a stray dog on the track.

At the start, fellow front-rower start Callum Ilott slipstreamed his countryman into the Mandarin kink to take the lead – holding on despite an oversteery moment at Lisboa.

Ticktum remained on his tail to pass the Ferrari Driver Academy member to cross the line already 1.3 seconds ahead.

Further back BMW DTM driver Joel Eriksson passed Sacha Fenestraz for third, but got boxed in which allowed the Renault F1 junior to repass.

On lap three, Ticktum encountered a dog on the track, having to go wide to avoid it with the safety car deployed to retrieve it.

When the racing restarted, Ticktum broke away from his countryman and was just under nine tenths of a second ahead at the line.

Eriksson quickly took the position back off Fenestraz, and also came close to taking Ilott as well.

The Swede got the move done on the Carlin driver the next lap, squeezing past on the inside and making light contact with the barrier.

With four laps to go, Eriksson was 1.675s adrift of Ticktum and could not prevent his Motopark team-mate from extending his lead.

On the final lap, Ticktum eased up to finish just one and a half seconds ahead of Eriksson, with Ilott in third.

Fenestraz tried a move on his Carlin team-mate on the penultimate lap but to no avail and had to settle for fourth place.

Fifth had been looking to go to Guan Yu Zhou who had run in that position for most of the race ahead of Jake Hughes, however the Chinese driver crashed on the final lap.

Therefore the position went to Hughes ahead of FIA European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher.

Newly signed Red Bull Junior Team member Jüri Vips, started down in fourteenth but fought his way up the field and passed Marcus Armstrong with three laps to go to win the battle of the debutants.

Rounding off the top ten were Prema duo Ralf Aron and Robert Shwartzman who passed Marino Sato on the final lap.

Other incidents in the race, other the Zhou’s, included Sena Sakaguchi crashing at Maternity Bend on the opening lap, Ritomo Miyata hitting the wall at Lisboa on lap seven, and Frederik Vesti also came to grief at Lisboa.

The Macau Grand Prix gets underway at 15.30 local time tomorrow.

2018 Macau Grand Prix Qualification Race Results

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