20 Apr Podium filled weekend at Doninigton
After gaining a double pole position in qualifying, Dan Ticktum dominated the first race of the weekend from the beginning. After making a clean getaway, Ticktum sped ahead. By the end of the opening lap, he had gained a 0.5s advantage over Myasava.
After losing a few places off the starting line, Smith was on charge and managed to gain back some positions.
Halfway through the race and Ticktum was continuing to increase the gap with a 2.6s lead. Smith suffered a number of problems during the race resulting in two trips to the pits and failure to finish the race. Ticktum continued to push his pace throughout the race resulting in the largest margin victory in the season so far with over a seven second gap with his closest pursuer, Pull.
The second race of the weekend saw both Fortec drivers take the rookie podium. After a reverse grid start, Ticktum gained a place in the first lap and continued to push on in order to progress to sixth by the second lap. Half way through the race and a battle for fifth was underway. Ticktum had the edge managed to take the place. After ten laps, Smith had progressed to fifteenth and continued to push forward. In the final lap, Smith managed to gain thirteenth place, resulting in third on the rookie podium. Ticktum also made the rookie podium after finishing in fifth overall.
The final race at Donington saw yet another successful race from Dan Ticktum. Josh Smith also made significant progress in the race, gaining four places. Ticktum was quick off the line, increasing his lead.
After a chaotic start further down the grid, the safety car was soon deployed. In lap 6 the safety car was in and Ticktum executed his restart perfectly to regain control of the race.
Ticktum continued to distance himself from the pack to finish with a well-deserved second race win. Smith finished the race in ninth.
“The two pole positions really helped us this weekend. The first race was all about maintaining a calm and consistent race pace. In the second race we were to get as many points as we could with the older set of tyres. During the last race I was pushing as I didn’t have worry about the tyres too much. Overall we had a good last race and could set some impressive track times, so it has been a positive weekend.”
“Generally, I got a really good start. I made quite a few places with drivers in front spinning off. I made a little mistake of my own on the opening lap and from then on there was a safety car for a few laps which dragged on a bit. When the safety car was no longer there, I pushed on and yo-yoed a bit with Ahmed but eventually ended up in ninth. Overall, it was good result in the end: top ten and looking forward to Thruxton”.