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F3 World Cup - Ticktum takes provisional pole in Macau

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Last year’s winner out front in FIA F3 World Cup Qualifying

Dan Ticktum holds provisional pole position for the Macau GP Qualification Race after edging out Callum Illot and Mick Schumacher during the opening FIA F3 World Cup qualifying session.

The scheduled 40-minutes of running was interrupted by three red flag periods and was eventually denied a final lap shootout when TODA Racing’s Sena Sakaguchi crashed towards the end of his final lap.

Motopark Academy’s Ticktum and Carlin’s Illot traded blows throughout much of the session with the former eventually getting the better of his fellow Briton by just 0.132s.

Schumacher joined the front-running party relatively late after a low-key start to proceedings for the German. The reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion found his groove in the closing minutes to move into third.

The Hitech GP pair of Hon Chio Leong and Enaam Ahmed endured almost identical accidents, as both got things wrong through Police Corner in separate moments.

Ahmed’s impact looked to have ensured a final lap shootout with the session restarting with a little less than five minutes remaining. The tension was mounting as Ticktum and SJM Theodore Racing by Prema’s Schumacher left the pits for one final time, but any chance to improve was unfortunately scuppered by Sakaguchi’s off, which brought out the yellow flags in the final sector.

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When the dust settled, Jake Hughes made it three Britons in the top four as he fared far better than his Hitech GP team-mates.

Yuhi Sekiguchi impressively proved to be Japan’s highest challenger with fifth place as he pipped Pau street circuit race winner Sacha Fenestraz.

Motopark Academy’s Joel Erikkson was running well in the early minutes, but eventually had to settle for seventh, whilst B-MAX Racing’s Alex Palou was next up in the order.

Ferdinand Habsburg made it three Motopark cars in the top nine with dominant Japanese F3 Champion Sho Tsuboi in tenth.

All 28 drivers competing for this year’s prestigious FIA F3 World Cup in Macau will have it all to do again tomorrow with Free Practice 2 and then Qualifying 2 ultimately deciding the grid for Saturday’s Qualification Race. The finishing order on Saturday will then determine the starting order for Sunday’s Final.

You can watch a livestream from all FIA F3 and GT World Cup sessions from Macau via www.fia.com and the FIA Facebook Page

Provisional classification: