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Ticktum wins Snetterton MSA Formula opener after Herta spins

by Peter Allen
Dan Ticktum

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Dan Ticktum bounced back from his exclusion from the last MSA Formula meeting to win the first race at Snetterton after early leader Colton Herta spun.

Herta had dominated the weekend so far, topping all three of Friday’s test sessions before taking a double pole. He then made a good start to the race to move into an early lead, but spun at Brundle on the second lap and fell down the order.

Ticktum had capitalised on a sluggish getaway for Herta’s front-row starting Carlin team-mate Lando Norris to move into second and then inherit the lead when Herta spun.

In a repeat of the last race before the summer break at Croft (from which the Fortec driver was last week excluded due to his race one clash with Norris) Ticktum, Norris and points leader Ricky Collard ran in close formation for most of the remaining distance.

Ticktum was able to extend his advantage in the closing stages, crossing the finish line 1.281 seconds clear of Norris, who had Collard 0.754s behind.

Sennan Fielding and Petru Florescu took fourth and fifth respectively, while world junior karting champion Enaam Ahmed claimed his best-yet finish of sixth.

The battle for seventh was an all-Double R affair, after Matheus Leist slipped behind Florescu, Ahmed and his team-mate Tarun Reddy on the opening lap.

Leist and Reddy swapped positions twice more before the Brazilian grabbed the upper hand on the final lap.

Reddy only just held onto eighth, a mere tenth ahead of a recovering Herta. By finishing ninth, the American secured a place on the front row of the reverse grid for race two, alongside Jack Barlow.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Dan Ticktum Fortec Motorsports 11 laps in 20:45.770
2 Lando Norris Carlin +1.281
3 Ricky Collard Arden +2.035
4 Sennan Fielding JHR Developments +4.733
5 Petru Florescu Carlin +6.333
6 Enaam Ahmed Arden +11.455
7 Matheus Leist Double R Racing +13.850
8 Tarun Reddy Double R Racing +14.082
9 Colton Herta Carlin +14.183
10 Jack Barlow MBM Motorsport +15.558
11 Toby Sowery Fortec Motorsports +22.796
12 Louise Richardson Richardson Racing +23.487
13 Rafa Martins SWB Motorsport +24.720
14 Jessica Hawkins Falcon Motorsport +39.002
15 Sandy Mitchell Arden +39.150
16 Darius Karbaley Falcon Motorsport +40.444
17 Jack Butel SWB Motorsport +44.300
18 James Pull JTR +1:09.519
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan JTR +1:12.676
20 Josh Smith Fortec Motorsports +1:35.282
21 Daniel Baybutt JTR +1:51.881
Not classified
Ollie Pidgeley Richardson Racing +5 laps