DAMS’ Dan Ticktum dominated the F2 British Sprint Race to clinch a maiden victory, despite surviving a dramatic finish which saw him win by just 0.376s from Christian Lundgaard.
Ticktum led from lights to flag despite British compatriot, Callum Ilott rapidly closing in mid-race until he spun and stalled his car at Club corner on lap 15 to trigger a safety car.
Drivers consequently had to drive through the pits which offered Lundgaard a free pit stop, of which he executed to near perfection as he fought back to second at the flag and just 0.376s off catching Ticktum who didn’t stop for fresh tyres.
Speaking post-race on his win, Ticktum said; “It feels just as good – even without the fans – and I am over the moon to be honest. I haven’t crossed the line first in a while, so it feels good and it is a nice confidence boost.
“I don’t know what to say really, it was a very tough race all the way through.”
Louis Deletraz rounded out the podium placings despite not opting for a free pit stop, although a mistake at Abbey saw him concede second on the final lap to Lundgaard.
Jehan Daruvala, Nikita Mazepin, Felipe Drugovich, Nobuharu Matsushita and Jack Aitken complete the top eight finishing positions, which earns them valuable points.
Robert Shwartzman failed to finish in the points but leads Ilott by eight points as Lundgaard stays third, despite reducing his deficit to Shwartzman down to just 12 points.Embed from Getty Images
Ticktum made a clean getaway to lead from Lundgaard who quickly passed Ilott, Deletraz and Drugovich in the opening four corners.
Further behind the pair, Ilott had made a poor start and as he turned into Village on the inside line, Yuki Tsunoda cut across and got spun around into retirement by a helpless Ilott who was served a five second time penalty as a consequence by Stewards.
Ticktum soon began to stretch his lead over Lundgaard as Ilott soon passed Drugovich for fourth, before the Brazilian got further demoted by Mazepin with both unaware of Guanyu Zhou maximizing slipstream and DRS to take both for fifth into Stowe.
Lundgaard soon began to struggle on the tyres whilst Ilott quickly caught and passed both Deletraz and Lundgaard at Brooklands and Stowe respectively for second on lap 13.Embed from Getty Images
Ilott soon set about hunting down Ticktum for the lead but just as he found himself within DRS range at end of lap 15, he spun and stalled his Uni-Virtuosi at Club corner to send him out of the race as the safety car was deployed.
Drivers were instructed to go through the pit lane with Lundgaard deciding he would be the first to stop from second position for medium tyres, whilst Sean Gelael did the same further down but a loose wheel nut saw him retire from the race at the end of the pit lane.
Prema decided to double stack Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman a lap later which backfired, with both drivers finishing outside the points in 13th and 14th positions respectively after failing to take advantage of the fresher medium rubber.
Once racing resumed on lap 19, Lundgaard quickly passed Mazepin at Village to take fourth before then passing Zhou into Brooklands a lap later to set up a last lap dash, benefitting from Deletraz running wide at Village on the last lap.
Alas, Lundgaard just ran out of time to catch and pass Ticktum for victory as he fell 0.376s short, with Deletraz completing the podium ahead of Daruvala who passed Mazepin for fourth at the final corner.
Zhou meanwhile finished ninth after getting out of shape and spinning at Becketts. which benefitted Aitken who collected a point in eighth place at his home event.
|1||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||21||39m 50.019|
|2||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||21||+ 0.376|
|3||Louis Deletraz||Charouz||21||+ 2.697|
|4||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||21||+ 6.257|
|5||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||21||+ 6.483|
|6||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||21||+ 8.459|
|7||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||21||+ 8.956|
|8||Jack Aitken||Campos||21||+ 9.782|
|9||Guanyu Zhou||Uni-Virtuosi||21||+ 10.848|
|10||Marcus Armstrong||ART GP||21||+ 10.995|
|11||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||21||+ 17.417|
|12||Marino Sato||Trident||21||+ 18.643|
|13||Robert Shwartzman||Prema||21||+ 22.320|
|14||Mick Schumacher||Prema||21||+ 26.230|
|15||Guilherme Samaia||Campos||21||+ 28.531|
|16||Roy Nissany||Trident||21||+ 31.974|
|17||Pedro Piquet||Charouz||21||+ 41.395|
|18||Giuliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||21||+ 1 Lap|
|19||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||19||+ 2 Laps|