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Euro F3 Hungaroring: Ticktum and Ahmed share pole for Sunday races

British duo Dan Ticktum and Enaam Ahmed have claimed the pole positions for Sunday's two Formula 3 European Championship races at the Hungaroring

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner and Red Bull Junior Ticktum left it until the very last lap to depose Ahmed for the fastest time by just 0.023 seconds in his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen.

Ahmed had already clocked a 1m34.967s and a 1m34.960s in his Hitech GP Dallara-Mercedes, and the reigning BRDC British F3 champion looked likely to be celebrating a double pole, with race two's grid decided by fastest times and race three's by second fastest.

Ticktum had recorded a 1m34.999s, but had been dislodged for second by the Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes of Guan Yu Zhou, who lapped in 1m34.993s late in the session.

But Ticktum, whose Saturday win elevated him into the championship lead, left it until the last moment to pip Ahmed with a 1m34.937s.

Ticktum's earlier time was good enough for second on the race-three grid, meaning both races will feature he and Ahmed on the front row.

"I made a mistake on my second push lap, so I had a massive cooldown and the tyres came back to me," said Ticktum.

"I lost time in the last sector [on the final lap, due to the tyres being past their peak], but I made up more than enough in the first two sectors."

Zhou ended up third in front of Ferrari stablemate and fellow Prema runner Marcus Armstrong, with Hitech's Alex Palou fifth from the Carlin machine of Jehan Daruvala and the third Prema-run Ferrari junior, Robert Shwartzman.

On second-best times this quintet was reshuffled, with Armstrong moving up to third for race three, ahead of Daruvala, Zhou, Shwartzman and Palou.

Ben Hingeley continued his strong start to the season with eighth in his Hitech car ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) and Fabio Scherer (Motopark).

Prema's Mick Schumacher, who appeared to run into traffic, and Motopark's Juri Vips were outside the top 10, but on second-best times they were ninth and eighth respectively, with Habsburg completing the top 10 on the grid for race three.

Carlin made a decent step forward from its Saturday form, where its cars suffered among other things from lack of grip, but the team's pre-weekend points leader Sacha Fenestraz ended up a disappointing 13th and 12th.

Another fancied runner languishing in the order is Ralf Aron, who will line his Prema car up 15th for both races.

Qualifying one result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.937s
2 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.023s
3 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.056s
4 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.111s
5 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.185s
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.281s
7 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.333s
8 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.390s
9 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.396s
10 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.404s
11 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.416s
12 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.422s
13 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.582s
14 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.666s
15 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.671s
16 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.688s
17 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.823s
18 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.832s
19 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.165s
20 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.234s
21 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.384s
22 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 1.524s
23 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.556s
24 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2.058s

Qualifying two result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.967s
2 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.032s
3 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.267s
4 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.282s
5 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.321s
6 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.362s
7 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.455s
8 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.478s
9 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.575s
10 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.636s
11 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.653s
12 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.659s
13 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.665s
14 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.720s
15 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.782s
16 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.823s
17 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.921s
18 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.280s
19 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.281s
20 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.302s
21 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.427s
22 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.650s
23 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 1.657s
24 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2.296s


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