Macau GP: Ticktum takes dominant victory

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Macau GP: Ticktum takes dominant victory
By: Marcus Simmons
Nov 18, 2018, 9:33 AM

Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum took victory in the Macau Grand Prix for the second successive year after a crash-marred race.

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Ticktum led from start to finish in a race that was red-flagged for a lengthy period following a shocking accident for Sophia Florsch and Sho Tsuboi.

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Following an early safety car, Florsch was running 16th when the race restarted. Florsch arrived at Lisboa with two wheels missing after contact along the straight, was launched over the kerb and then ramped over Japanese F3 champion Tsuboi, who was just turning into the corner in 14th position.

The German went over the barriers, through a safety fence and into a marshals’ and photographers’ area. Florsch, Tsuboi, two photographers and one marshal were transported to hospital; all were conscious.

Ticktum made a very early break at the restart to put a gap on Sacha Fenestraz, who had slipstreamed past Callum Ilott and front-row starter Joel Eriksson at the initial getaway.

Eriksson left his braking to the very last moment to squeeze down the inside of Fenestraz and take second place, before setting off after Motopark team-mate Ticktum.

The BMW DTM racer’s chase of Ticktum seemed forlorn, but he got another bite of the cherry when Enaam Ahmed crashed out of 11th place at Moorish, his third shunt of the weekend.

There were only four laps of racing remaining when the safety car returned to the pits, and within two tours Ticktum had extended his lead to 1.513 seconds, He finally crossed the line 1.208s clear of Eriksson, while Carlin-run Renault F1 junior Fenestraz completed the podium.

Jake Hughes took fourth for Hitech GP, and was closing in on Fenestraz over the late stages.

Ilott lost out in the slipstream not only at the start, but also at the red-flag restart, when F3 European champion Mick Schumacher passed him for fifth. Ilott then got engaged in a cat-and-mouse battle with Ralf Aron, with the Estonian getting through to chase Prema Powerteam stablemate Schumacher home.

Motopark’s new Red Bull Junior Juri Vips, who had fallen to 10th on the opening lap, also got past Carlin F3 returnee Ilott to take seventh on the final lap at Lisboa.

Prema-run Ferrari juniors Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman completed the top 10.

The initial safety car was caused by two separate crashes at Lisboa on the first lap: Marino Sato shunted on the exit, while Alex Palou went into the barrier on the entry, and Charles Leong and Keyvan Andres got caught up in a chain-reaction collision behind the Spaniard.

Macau Grand Prix, race results

 Cla   Nº   Driver   Car / Engine   Laps   Time   Delay 
1 Dan Ticktum Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'22.108  
2 Joel Eriksson Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'23.316 1.208
19 Sacha Fenestraz Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'24.613 2.505
30 Jake Hughes Dallara/Mercedes 15 46'25.629 3.521
9 Mick Schumacher Dallara/Mercedes 15 46'26.650 4.542
10 Ralf Aron Dallara/Mercedes 15 46'28.514 6.406
3 Jüri Vips Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'29.060 6.952
18 Callum Ilott Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'30.448 8.340
11 Marcus Armstrong Dallara/Mercedes 15 46'31.705 9.597
10  12 R.Shwartzman Dallara/Mercedes 15 46'33.948 11.840
11  5 F.Habsburg Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'34.901 12.793
12  8 Guan Yu Zhou Dallara/Mercedes 15 46'35.569 13.461
13  17 Jehan Daruvala Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'36.093 13.985
14  32 Ritomo Miyata Dallara/Toyota 15 46'39.042 16.934
15  15 Yuhi Sekiguchi Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'40.805 18.697
16  26 Frederik Vesti Dallara/Mercedes 15 46'41.881 19.773
17  22 Toshiki Oyu Dallara/Toda 15 46'45.456 23.348
18  20 Y.Katayama Dallara/Volkswagen 15 46'54.981 32.873
19  21 Sena Sakaguchi Dallara/Toda 15 46'57.353 35.245
20  33 Dragon Dallara/Volkswagen 15 48'11.071 1'48.963
29 Enaam Ahmed Dallara/Mercedes 8 29'33.341  
31 Sho Tsuboi Dallara/Toyota 3 9'30.112  
25 Sophia Flörsch Dallara/Mercedes 3 9'31.767  
27 Ukyo Sasahara Dallara/Tomei 1 3'53.373  
23 Keyvan Andres Dallara/Mercedes 0    
6 Marino Sato Dallara/Volkswagen 0    
28 Charles Leong Dallara/Mercedes 0    
16 Alex Palou Dallara/Volkswagen 0
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Series F3
Event Macau GP
Author Marcus Simmons