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F3 European Championship

Ticktum races hard for F3 second at Hockenheim

Dan Ticktum

#27 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Motopark Dallara Volkswagen)
Qualifying 1: 9th – Race 1 Grid: 9th – Race 1 Result: 5th
Qualifying 2: 15th – Race 2 Grid: 15th – Race 2 Result: 7th
Qualifying 2nd time: 10th – Race 3 Grid: 10th – Race 3 Result: 4th
FIA F3 European Championship position: 2nd – 306 points – after 30 of 30 races

At the end of an intense thirty-race FIA F3 European Championship, Dan Ticktum stands second in the points table. The Red Bull Junior can be proud of his four race victories and many more fine drives including those this last weekend at Hockenheim when troubled qualifying left him cutting through the pack into good points scoring finishes.

The 19-year-old Briton started the weekend with an outside chance of taking the championship that he had led for a number of rounds in the second half of the year. The German event began well enough when he and the Motopark Dallara Volkswagen were third quickest in Free Practice, less that half a tenth off the best.

"Unfortunately Qualifying just didn't come together, it was down to me and it just didn't happen," admitted Ticktum frankly. "The guys gave me a great car all weekend and in the races I showed what I could do with it. It was just unfortunate that I didn't get the best out of it in qualifying so we were coming from so far back. It was really unlike me but that is it."

Cutting through in all three races

"I really had to fight in the races and I think I managed to squeeze everything out of the car. I did a lot of overtaking, I enjoyed it. As I said I showed what I could do with the car but it was always going to be tough from where we were on the grid."

"Of course it's a shame I didn't win the championship. We did secure second which was the main thing this weekend and I'm happy about that."

Good times and great races

"I learnt a lot this year and there were plenty of high points. A few that come to mind are the win at Spa from tenth, winning at Silverstone and leading the championship. The team were great and we can be proud of what we've done," concluded the Red Bull Junior.