Fielding claims his maiden MSA Formula race victory

  • Sennan Fielding battles through from third on the grid to nab a decisive Oulton Park win for JHR Developments
  • Matheus Leist second for Double R as Dan Ticktum takes the Rookie honours

OULTON PARK 6 JUNE, 2015 – Just as Ricky Collard proved earlier this afternoon, a fast start is what you need for success at Oulton Park and in this evening’s reverse-grid race it was Sennan Fielding who underlined the point. Fielding’s JHR Developments machine made a rocketship getaway from third on the grid to slice between front-row men Dan Baybutt (JHR) and Dan Ticktum (Fortec) to seize the lead into the first turn.

Fielding kept the hammer down to emerge at the end of the opening lap with a handsome three-second lead over Baybutt, and though his leading pursuer soon became Double R’s Matheus Leist, who broke the hours-old Oulton Park lap record as he chased, Fielding was not to be denied his and his team’s maiden MSA Formula victory, and with it the Ford £1000 winner’s cheque.

“I made an extremely good start,” said Sennan, “and I wasn’t really expecting to… Everything just came together for me and I managed just to get away and by the time I got to Cascades I already had a big lead. After that I knew I had just not to make any mistakes and keep the lap times steady. We put new brake discs in the car after race one and I wasn’t sure how long they would take to bed in; I had to work them quite hard to get them working well.”

Leist, who from P6 also made a brilliant start, crossed the finish line two seconds behind Fielding and the Brazilian was pleased with his progress and the result, which takes him to within three points of the championship top three: “It’s really great to start P6 and finish second,” said Matheus. “The car was good – we made some changes after the first race – and now the championship is looking good for me too.”

Having been passed by Leist on lap two, Baybutt clung to third for a further two laps before being overcome by Ticktum and dropped to fourth. Said Baybutt: “It’s not that I made a bad start but the guy behind me got an exceptional one… I struggle on cold tyres; once they warm up and get going I’m fine.” Ticktum’s third place gave him his seventh Rookie class win of the year.

Petru Florescu might have been Carlin’s highest-placed finisher; the Romanian ran fifth up to lap five, when he was summoned to the pit lane for a drive-through penalty having been deemed to have anticipated the start. MBM’s Jack Barlow inherited fifth, leading a gaggle of closely matched cars for the duration, with Carlin man Colton Herta sixth ahead of SWB’s Rafael Martins, Lando Norris (Carlin) and race one winner Ricky Collard (Arden).

Tarun Reddy completed the top 10 for the Double R team, ahead of Sandy Mitchell’s Arden car and Darius Karbaley for Falcon. James Pull put behind him his first-race crash to secure 13th for JTR, with Toby Sowery (Falcon) 14th ahead of the penalised Florescu.

Josh Smith (Fortec) and Enaam Ahmed (Arden) made contact on the opening lap; Smith retired but Ahmed was able to continue after repairs to finish 20th. Ameya Vaidyanathan (JTR) failed to make the grid after a fuel line problem.

Provisional results Round 11 Oulton Park 6 June 2015
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 20m 58.718s / 95.49mph
2 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +2.032s
3 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec +10.379s
4 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +16.076s
5 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM +17.719s
6 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin +18.463s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB +19.009s
8 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin +19.491s
9 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +20.203s
10 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R +20.777s etc

Fastest lap Leist 1m 22.807s / 96.77mph Rec

Rookie class 1 Ticktum, 2 Baybutt, 3 Martins, 4 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden, 5 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon, 6 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin, 7 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Collard 157 points; 2 Norris 142; 3 Ticktum 137; 4 Leist 134; 5 Mitchell 88; 6 James Pull 79; 7 Herta 73; 8 Fielding 72; 9 Barlow 66; 10 Martins 58 etc
Rookie class 1 Ticktum 212; 2 Baybutt 150; 3 Mitchell 143; 4 Martins 134; 5 Florescu 113; 6 Ahmed 112 etc