• Fortec’s Dan Ticktum repeats his Snetterton form to lead the way in well-supported test day at Silverstone
SILVERSTONE, 16 March, 2015 – Dan Ticktum dodged the Silverstone showers today to put the Fortec team on top of the timesheets in the penultimate collective timed test day of the pre-season. Fifteen-year-old Ticktum battled back from problems in the wetter morning sessions which left him 17th of the 18 of the day’s runners, to go quickest in the early afternoon session when the track was at its quickest.
Dan’s Ford EcoBoost-powered chassis lapped the 1.6-mile Silverstone National track in 56.819s: he was the only driver under the 57-second barrier and, as at Snetterton earlier this month, was comfortably quicker than his closest rival, Carlin’s Colton Herta, who was 0.278s adrift. Ticktum also topped the final and wettest session of the day, by six-tenths.
Herta’s team-mate Lando Norris, who headed the morning tests with a 58.101s lap, bettered his time to 57.144s to end the day third fastest overall ahead of TRS Arden drivers Ricky Collard and Sandy Mitchell. JTR’s Dan Baybutt completed the top six, with Double R’s new Brazilian signing, Matheus Leist, impressing on his official debut with seventh-best time.
The MBM team gave the first of its MSA Formula chassis a shakedown run today with Jack Barlow at the wheel, while Falcon Motorsport made progress with its new car, Connor Hall driving.
The final test day of the run-up to the championship’s start is at Rockingham on Wednesday.
Testing times Silverstone 16/3/15 (am/pm)
1 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR Fortec / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:04.880 / 56.819
2 Colton HERTA / USA Carlin / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 58.548 / 57.097
3 Lando NORRIS / GBR Carlin / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 58.101 / 57.144
4 Ricky COLLARD / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 58.336 / 57.188
5 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 58.593 / 57.292
6 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR JTR / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:00.272 / 57.623
7 Matheus LEIST / BRA Double R / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 58.825 / 57.665
8 Enaam AHMED / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 59.440 / 57.741
9 James PULL / GBR JTR / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:00.943 / 57.796
10 Josh SMITH / GBR Fortec / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:02.820 / 57.862