12 May Challenging weekend at Thruxton
The weekend was full of challenges for both Fortec drivers, Dan Ticktum and Josh Smith. Races two and three saw Ticktum retire after facing mechanical difficulties.
Ticktum started at seventeenth on the grid due to lack of pace in timed practice, as he was diagnosed with a loose fire extinguisher rubbing on the ignition system. Smith started the first race in sixteenth.
The safety car came on track at the end of the opening lap while stranded cars were retrieved from the circuit.
Smith finished the first race of the weekend in fifteenth after losing time with a pit stop during the race.
Within the last two laps, Ticktum had made significant gains, promoting him to seventh place. Due to just fifteen cars finishing the race, Ticktum’s seventh position resulted in pole position for race two.
Ticktum made a quick recovery in the second race after losing two places in the first corner. Just three minutes into the race, Ticktum had progressed back into the lead before he was slowed by fuel surge causing his engine to switch into ‘limp mode’.
After a visit into the pits, the team decided to retire Ticktum’s car from the race. Smith continued to race consistently, resulting in sixteenth position in the race.
Race three ended in another disappointing result. After starting in fifteenth, Ticktum suffered yet more mechanical issues after a reoccurrence of the fuel surge issue.
A retirement from the race was the only option. Smith crossed the line in thirteenth after starting on the grid from seventeenth.
The team are now looking forward to the next round at Oulton Park on the 6th and 7th June to push forward.