Ticktum comes of age - High drama as British teen takes Macau Grand Prix

Sports | 20 Nov 2017

Daniel Ticktum of Britain won the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix in stunning fashion, after race leaders Sergio Sette Camara and Ferdinand Habsburg crashed at the final corner.

The key moment for the 18-year-old Ticktum - racing for the Motopark with VEB team - was on the penultimate lap when he moved up from fifth to third with a well-judged slipstream past fellow Briton Lando Norris and German driver Maximilian Gunther on the run down to Lisboa.

That put Ticktum in perfect position to snatch victory when his teammate Sette Camara and Carlin driver Habsburg both crashed.

Habsburg swiped the barriers exiting the corner as he tried to pass Sette Camara, who also lost control. That opened the door for Ticktum to take the checkered flag for the biggest win of his career.

"That was an incredibly eventful race," said Ticktum, who had started from eighth on the grid.

"Up until this race I've had a pretty unlucky weekend, so I was due a bit of luck with what happened at the final corner. But there are no words to describe what it was like coming across the line."

Norris, 18, took second place for Carlin, with 19-year-old Estonian Ralf Aron finishing third for Van Amersfoort Racing. Habsburg managed to get across the line in fourth place despite only having three wheels on his car.

It was a frustrating end for Sette Camara, who had moved to the front of the field on lap three after a full course yellow restart resulted in an incident between pole position man Callum Ilott of SJM Theodore Racing by Prema and Motopark with VEB's Joel Eriksson.

Italian Edoardo Mortara, meanwhile, achieved a milestone when he won the SJM Macau GT for Mercedes- AMG Team Driver Academy, beating Dutchman Robin Frijns of Audi Sport Team WRT.

That took Mortara's victories on the Guia Circuit to six - two in Formula 3 and four in the GT race.

"It was easy to make mistakes, but in the end it worked out perfect," Mortara said of a race that started with a safety car to allow drivers to acclimatize to the damp but drying track.

Rob Huff stormed to a record ninth Guia Race victory, making him the most successful competitor in the 64-year history of the grand prix. The 37-year-old Briton broke motorcycle rider Michael Rutter's all-time record of eight wins.

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