Zandvoort F3: Aron wins again despite Ticktum clash

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Zandvoort F3: Aron wins again despite Ticktum clash
By: Marcus Simmons
Jul 14, 2018, 2:37 PM

Ralf Aron’s perfect Saturday continued when he made it two wins out of two in the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Zandvoort.

Aron emerged in front from a three-abreast dive into Tarzanbocht with poleman Dan Ticktum and third starter Mick Schumacher.

In an almost carbon-copy of his first-race start with Guan Yu Zhou, Aron got a better getaway than the pole-sitter and squeezed down the inside.

But Schumacher got a better launch than both and, when Aron moved left to take his line for Tarzan, he made contact with Ticktum.

The Red Bull Junior in turn clipped Schumacher, sending the German onto the dust on the brakes, from where he spun deep into the gravel trap.

With midfielders Enaam Ahmed and Jehan Daruvala also coming to grief at Tarzan - Ahmed earning a three-place grid penalty for Sunday's race - and Ben Hingeley and Ameya Vaidyanathan doing the same two corners further on at Hugenholtzbocht, the race went under safety car.

Aron got a good restart, and his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes was over a second clear of Ticktum’s Motopark car after one lap of green-flag racing.

Championship leader Marcus Armstrong tried a move around the outside of Ticktum at Tarzan, then cut back on exit to move in front.

Ticktum got onto the dust, and the lost momentum allowed Zhou through at the following Gerlachbocht.

From then on it was a Prema 1-2-3 to the finish, and although Armstrong got the gap to Aron down to half a second the Estonian was never threatened as he moved to second in the championship, 4.5 points behind Ferrari junior Armstrong.

Ticktum’s adventurous race continued when, with five laps remaining, he locked up into the chicane, allowing the Hitech GP car of Alex Palou into fourth.

Carlin’s Ferdinand Habsburg was also a beneficiary, getting a double tow off Palou and Ticktum to sweep around the outside of Ticktum at Tarzan for fifth.

Robert Shwartzman (Prema) held off the Motopark machine of Juri Vips for seventh for the duration, while behind them a great little dust-up between Motopark men Fabio Scherer, Marino Sato and Jonathan Aberdein eventually fizzled out, with the trio finishing in that order.

Race results

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam 35'59.714
2 Marcus Armstrong Prema Powerteam 1.684
3 Guan Yu Zhou Prema Powerteam 2.524
4 Alex Palou Hitech GP 3.659
5 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 5.509
6 Dan Ticktum Motopark 6.853
7 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam 7.879
8 Juri Vips Motopark 9.552
9 Fabio Scherer Motopark 9.908
10 Marino Sato Motopark 13.034
11 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark 15.664
12 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin 16.05
13 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin 16.763
14 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark 18.207
15 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing 18.936
16 Julian Hanses ma-con 22.083
17 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing 24.861
18 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing 25.42
19 Petru Florescu Fortec 28.516
Ret Jehan Daruvala Carlin
Ret Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam
Ret Enaam Ahmed Hitech GP
Ret Ben Hingeley Hitech GP
Ret Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin
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Series F3 Europe
Event Zandvoort
Location Zandvoort
Drivers Ralf Aron , Dan Ticktum , Guanyu Zhou , Marcus Armstrong
Teams Prema Powerteam
Author Marcus Simmons
Article type Race report