Race 1 Podium, Ticktum and Verhagen

Formula Renault Eurocup - Ticktum wins in Hungary

#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Qualifying 1: 1st (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 1st – Race 1 Result: 1st
Qualifying 2: 5th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 10th – Race 2 Result: 9th
Qualifying 2/2: 6th (Group B) – Race 3 Grid: 11th – Race 3 Result: 7th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 6th – 70 points – after 11 of 23 races

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 4th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 8th – Race 1 Result: DNF (Incident)
Qualifying 2: 13th (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 24th – Race 2 Result: 25th
Qualifying 2/2: 9th (Group A) – Race 3 Grid: 18th – Race 3 Result: 18th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 10th – 33points – after 11 of 23 races

#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 5th (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 9th – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 2: 6th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 12th – Race 2 Result: 11th
Qualifying 2/2: 15th (Group B) – Race 3 Grid: 28th – Race 3 Result: 24th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 12th – 29 points – after 11 of 23 races

An excellent maiden win for Dan Ticktum in Race 1 at the Hungaroring with Neil Verhagen taking third was a fabulous start for the Formula Renault Eurocup weekend in Budapest. 18-year-old Briton Ticktum continued to score points in Races 2 and 3 and jumped to 6th in the points table.

It was a frustrating weekend for 16-year-old Dutchman Richard Verschoor who had pace but no luck and 16-year-old American Verhagen also lacked a bit of good fortune, just missing out on a point in Race 2 after his breakthrough drive in Race 1.

Ticktum charging

"A very good weekend," stated Ticktum simply. "I had my chances and took them. The win was the big thing of course but the points in the other two races were also very good. This is a very competitive series and not too many people score a win in their first year so that is fantastic and I couldn't be happier."

"It was a wet first qualifying and I love the wet, it's all about the driver and so I could put it on pole. I'm improving every time I go out, we've got a bit of work still to do with the dry qualifying and that's what we'll be concentrating on but it was a great weekend and I loved the last race, went round the outside of two cars at the first corner and inside another at turn two, that was a lot of fun and brought us some good points."

"For sure we can still improve and we are going to do that."

Verhagen on the box

"Yes it was fantastic to get on the podium but not at all easy. I got a really good start and passed 4 straight away and another later in the first lap. On the restart I got ahead of Aubry and managed to hold him off for the whole race which I think is a pretty good achievement as he won both races today."

"It is certainly more like the result we had been looking for and it is the hard work paying off. Working with the team since Monaco to make sure we started the weekend in the best possible way and I enjoyed the track from the start, it suited my style and we had the pace through the weekend."

"Today was frustrating because of the grid positions and it is so difficult to overtake here. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of keeping to track limits in Qualifying 2 yesterday but it seems the officials didn't see it the same way," explained Verhagen who lost five of his laps. "That certainly cost us what I think would have been two more pints scoring finishes today. I did manage to get from 12th to 11th in Race 2 and perhaps with a couple more laps I would have made it to 10th but that was it."

"Overall I'm happy with the progress, I learn't more lessons, including the track limits situation and we'll keep going forward."

Verschoor with speed but

Overcoming something that knocked him out the Wednesday before the race, Verschoor was all set to fight at the front but suffered a frustrating weekend. "It should have been so so much better than it was, really frustrating. Typical of the way the weekend went were the red and yellow flags that wrecked my Qualifying 1 every time I was on a really quick lap. I was 4th fastest in my group but should easily have been P2 and even fighting for P1, I couldn't believe it."

"In the second Qualy I lost two good laps for exceeding track limits and that is my mistake but it put us a long way back. My best chance was Race 1. I got a really good start and went from 8 to 6 but then got hit, I was on the outside looking to go to p5 or p4 but that bumped me back to P9. Then there was one safety car, after that I made up 3 positions, then safety car again. After that I tried to overtake P6 but inside us someone overdid it and I was taken out completely."

"It was that kind of weekend, the pace was there again but not the luck or the qualifying we needed so we know what we've got to do. I'm sure it is going to come right, we have speed and I'm learning all the time."