Dan Ticktum Silverstone

Formula Renault Eurocup – Silverstone podium for Ticktum

#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Qualifying 1: 7th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 14th – Race 1 Result: 10th
Qualifying 2: 2nd (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 2nd – Race 2 Result: 3rd
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 9th – 16 points – after 4 of 20 races

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 4th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 8th – Race 1 Result: 7th
Qualifying 2: 5th (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 9th – Race 2 Result: 6th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 7th – 21points – after 4 of 20 races

#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 14th (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 27th – Race 1 Result: DNF (Incident)
Qualifying 2: 15th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 29th – Race 2 Result: 16th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 12th – 12 points – after 4 of 20 races

Third in the Formula Renault Eurocup Race 2 at Silverstone and best Rookie was a great result for Dan Ticktum. Fellow Red Bull Junior Richard Verschoor picked up a seventh and a sixth with Neil Verhagen overcoming a rain wrecked qualifying with a storming drive from the back in Race 2.

Ticktum happy at home

The 17-year-old Briton is clearly developing impressively in his first Renault Eurocup season. "That was a really good day, I'm happy with that, good to get on the podium. I did get to the front early on and I could have been a bit more aggressive defending that but I wanted to finish, wanted to get a good race in the bank. I haven't been at the sharp end of a race for a while so it was important to get a good finish here."

"Saturday wasn't quite as good, the qualifying could have been better, a bit me, a bit the car but obviously that was better today, second in the group was OK, might have been even better but I got the flag early, everyone was going faster and faster, just a question of who was last to finish in a way but still it was good."

"So with a good result behind us we've got some momentum going and I think we can carry that through the next races, an important step forward this weekend."

Verschoor not content

A solid weekend for the 16-year-old Dutchman but he is looking for more. "Well, not too bad, we want to do better. This is a tough track to learn. Even drivers with more experience than me struggle to learn to go well here and for a new guy like myself it is very difficult. I already improved, from practice to qualifying we made a big step and it is so close, just a few thousandths makes a big difference to your grid position."

"Today in qualifying I made a mistake otherwise we would have been higher up. The race today was good but early on I made a mistake defending and lost three places, I got them back quick enough but I shouldn't be making mistakes. We've got work to do, I need to improve my driving and I think we can also make the car better so it wasn't a bad weekend but we can certainly do better."

Verhagen making the best of a learning experience

A storming drive for the 16-year-old American from 29th to 16th in Race 2 was a great way to end a difficult weekend. The wet and variable conditions were a tough new experience for someone brought up racing in the dry in the US. "Yes it was a big learning experience, red flags and wet track in qualifying didn't help us at all. It was a lot to take in but I certainly learnt a huge amount this weekend."

"In the first race, a guy in front burnt his clutch at the start and the others fanned out and missed him. I didn't see it until I was moving too fast and had nowhere to go, we were OK, only the front of my car was damaged but that was Race 1."

"Race 2 today was a whole lot better, at least I got to the first corner and though overtaking here is very difficult there were safety periods and from the start and the restarts is where I made most of the passes. That was all good experience, we had some race pace and I enjoyed that so we go to the next race knowing that I learnt a lot here and we can go forward."

The three Juniors have no time to rest as they are straight off to Pau and the very different street circuit next weekend.