TICKTUM SET FOR EUROCUP MOVE
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.
Ticktum tested with Tech 1 at Silverstone