Dan Ticktum wins F3 race two at Spa from 10th on the grid

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Dan Ticktum won a thrilling second race of the Formula 3 European Championship Spa round to propel himself into the points lead

Dan Ticktum wins F3 race two at Spa from 10th on the grid

Red Bull junior Ticktum rose from 10th on the grid to defeat Motopark team-mate Fabio Scherer in a tight battle.

The Motopark duo were gifted places at the start, when Mick Schumacher wheelspun away from pole.

As Ralf Aron accelerated into the lead from the outside of the front row in his Prema Powerteam car, his team-mates Schumacher and Guan Yu Zhou made contact, with Schumacher sustaining a puncture and Zhou front-wing damage - the fourth Prema driver, Marcus Armstrong, ran wide at La Source in avoidance.

Juri Vips therefore rose from sixth to second in his Motopark car and onto the tail of fellow Estonian Aron, F3 rookie Vips slipstreaming into the lead on the Kemmel straight on the second lap.

Two laps later pre-race series leader Aron tried to retake the lead at the same spot and the duo collided, forcing both out of the race.

Scherer inherited the lead ahead of Prema's Robert Shwartzman and Ticktum, before Ticktum passed Shwartzman on the Kemmel straight on the sixth lap.

Two laps later Ticktum made his move to pass the Swiss, having to defend into Les Combes to protect his hard-won advantage.

That lead lasted only a lap, as Scherer moved back in front, before Ticktum made the decisive pass on the 11th lap of 16.

He was already in front at the exit of Raidillon, and then once again had to defend into Les Combes.

Although Scherer, whose tyres were fading, made a couple of feints over the following laps, Ticktum was able to hang on and had broken the tow with a lap to go.

"Most of the season us a team have been fighting each other quite a lot to the detriment of the whole team," said Ticktum.

"This race we showed each other a lot of respect, although I'm sure it was horrible for Fabio when I was catching.

"When I was in front, I'd try to build a gap in sector two but in sector three and one he'd be right there again."

Scherer in turn had his hands full with first-race winner Jehan Daruvala, who had stormed through from 12th on the grid in his Carlin car.

Despite a mistake at Pouhon, Daruvala was right on Scherer's tail as they crossed the line, but couldn't quite find a way past.

Shwartzman lost fourth place to fellow Russian Nikita Troitskiy with three laps to go, but Troitskiy then dropped places and ended up eighth.

Shwartzman therefore took fourth from Enaam Ahmed, while the recovering Armstrong passed Carlin's Sacha Fenestraz for sixth on the final lap.

Jonathan Aberdein was ninth in his Motopark car, while Carlin driver Ferdinand Habsburg - who like Armstrong lost places when he was forced wide at La Source after the start - wrested the final point away from Alex Palou on the final lap.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 16 36m17.073s
2 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 16 1.483s
3 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 16 1.666s
4 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16 5.587s
5 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 16 7.005s
6 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16 7.610s
7 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 16 7.706s
8 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 16 9.088s
9 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 16 9.442s
10 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 16 10.439s
11 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 16 12.296s
12 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16 13.405s
13 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 16 17.281s
14 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 16 18.427s
15 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 16 18.866s
16 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 16 20.511s
17 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16 22.281s
18 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 16 28.054s
- Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 12 Retirement
- Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 11 Retirement
- Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 8 Retirement
- Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 3 Retirement
- Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 3 Retirement
- Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1 Retirement


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