TICKTUM SET FOR EUROCUP MOVE

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Bri­tish racer Dan Ticktum is ex­pected to contest the For­mula Re­nault Eurocup this season.

The 17-year-old made a re­turn to rac­ing in Oc­to­ber last year in the Euro­pean For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship at Hock­en­heim, hav­ing served a 12-month ban for an in­ci­dent dur­ing his 2015 MSA For­mula cam­paign.

Ticktum then con­tested the F3 Ma­cau Grand Prix, fin­ish­ing eighth in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion race be­fore get­ting in­volved in a race-end­ing ac­ci­dent in the fi­nal, as well as the BRDC Bri­tish F3 Au­tumn Tro­phy. He had pre­vi­ously looked set to contest a full-time cam­paign in Euro­pean F3 this year, but Ticktum has re­cently tested with FR2.0 teams R-ace GP, Tech 1 Rac­ing and Ar­den Motorsport and is weigh­ing up his op­tions for 2017.

His man­ager, In­fin­ity’s Harry So­den, said: “Re­nault are push­ing hard as a man­u­fac­turer, and the cham­pi­onship is look­ing fan­tas­tic. There are 10 rounds, a lot of grand prix tracks, and they go to Monaco and Pau. It’s half the money of F3 and a great step­ping stone from MSA For­mula [now Bri­tish F4].

“It took him a few days to get used to the car with dif­fer­ent down­force and tyres, but he’s adapted to it well.”

Aside from Ticktum’s an­nounce­ment, the team that car­ried Lando Nor­ris to the 2016 Eurocup ti­tle has an­nounced three driv­ers for next season. Josef Kauf­mann Rac­ing will run Red Bull Ju­nior Luis Leeds, the Aus­tralian step­ping up into the series after fin­ish­ing third in the Bri­tish F4 Cham­pi­onship this season. He will also contest the Toyota Rac­ing Series in New Zealand.

He will be joined by Sacha Fen­es­traz, who switches from Tech 1 after scor­ing two wins dur­ing his rookie cam­paign, and Yifei Ye, the Chi­nese driver who dominated this season’s French F4 Cham­pi­onship.

Dan Ticktum

Ticktum tested with Tech 1 at Sil­ver­stone

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