Silverstone European F3: Dan Ticktum snatches win and points lead

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Dan Ticktum took victory and reclaimed the series lead in a thrilling first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Silverstone

Red Bull Formula 1 team junior Ticktum pulled off a superb manoeuvre at Stowe corner on long-time leader Sacha Fenestraz with four laps remaining to claim the win in his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen.

Ticktum had qualified third, and bogged down at the start before dipping the clutch again, just holding off team-mate Jonathan Aberdein in the opening corners.

Up front, Prema Powerteam's Ferrari Driver Academy starlet Guan Yu Zhou challenged polesitting Renault F1 junior Fenestraz for the lead.

A bid from Zhou on the Carlin car of Fenestraz at the Brooklands left-hander didn't come off for the Shanghai racer, and allowed Ticktum momentum into the long Luffield right-hander.

Ticktum went right around the outside of Zhou to snatch second place, before setting off after Fenestraz.

For lap after lap Ticktum would get into Fenestraz's slipstream, but didn't quite get close enough to pull off a move for the lead.

On lap 15 of 19, he tucked in behind Fenestraz on the Hangar Straight and made his pass into Stowe - although Fenestraz attempted to hang on around the outside, he had to give best and Ticktum instantly pulled out a two-second advantage.

A late full course yellow - caused when a left-rear puncture sent Ralf Aron spinning into the gravel at Stowe - failed to unsettle Ticktum and he brought the car home for the win.

"When the top three drivers are all a very similar pace, it's very difficult to overtake, as I proved," said Ticktum, "but as Sacha's tyres got relatively worse, mine stayed OK.

"My pass on Zhou was on the limit of everything - it was pretty good.

"Even my pass into Stowe on Sacha was a bit of a lunge as well - I had to make my opportunity count, and once I got in front it was all right."

Aron's puncture was the third for Prema Powerteam in the race, with first Mick Schumacher departing from fourth place, and then Zhou pitting from third - all deflations were at the left-rear.

That should have promoted Motopark man Aberdein to third, but he lost ground at the restart after the FCY, and Enaam Ahmed slipped through into third with his Hitech GP car.

Aberdein also lost a position to Motopark team-mate Juri Vips, who moved up from 10th on the grid to finish fourth, and as he did so the South African launched himself over the kerb on the exit of Club before settling for fifth.

Pre-race championship leader Marcus Armstrong lost places in the opening corners in his Prema car, but progressed to sixth via a stunning outside pass on Hitech's Alex Palou at Copse - Palou finished seventh.

Robert Shwartzman held off Jehan Daruvala in the battle for eighth, while second-race poleman Fabio Scherer claimed the final point in his Motopark car.

Race one result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 36m13.442s
2 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 19 1.458s
3 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 19 11.498s
4 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 12.659s
5 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 14.252s
6 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 19 15.530s
7 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 19 16.170s
8 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 19 16.829s
9 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 19 17.457s
10 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 20.522s
11 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 19 22.520s
12 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 22.922s
13 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 19 28.715s
14 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 19 31.592s
15 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 33.739s
16 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 19 34.608s
17 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 19 45.138s
18 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 19 46.270s
19 Charles Leong Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 19 47.583s
20 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 19 49.205s
- Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16 Retirement
- Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 15 Retirement
- Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 7 Retirement
- Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 6 Retirement

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