Collard bids to lead home the Ford-powered MSA Formula racers at Thruxton

  • Hampshire driver Ricky hoping for home-track advantage as he bids to improve his qualifying performance and bag more EcoBoost race wins
  • Daniel Ticktum leads championship and Rookie class after solid start to his maiden season of racing

2 May, 2015 – After scoring one race win and a hat-trick of podium finishes in the opening two meetings of the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship season, Hampshireman Ricky Collard is ready to step up his performances next weekend (9/10 May) at his home circuit of Thruxton.

The 18-year-old Eversley-based TRS Arden driver has been one of the consistently quick drivers, not once in six races finishing outside the top six, and knows exactly where he needs to improve if he is to displace his 15-year-old rival Dan Ticktum as the consistent race winner. “I just haven’t extracted the most from myself in qualifying: I have been too aggressive on the tyres and that has compromised my performance,” says Ricky, son of BTCC racer Rob Collard.

“Aggression has paid off for me in the races – that’s why I have managed to come through the field to finish well, because of my aggression. I have no problem in fighting my way through in the races, but if I can improve in qualifying and start more races from the front, then I can finish more races at the front.”

Collard was pleased with his performance in pre-event testing at Thruxton, where he ended the day third fastest overall behind championship leader Ticktum and TRS Arden driver Sandy Mitchell, and also with the way his 1.6-litre turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine has performed: “The engine has been great because they are all so equally balanced across the field; no-one has a power advantage and the reliability has been excellent. Testing went well for me at Thruxton and I am going there with the expectation of winning. I am not looking for a top-five finish; I am there purely to win. It adds a bit more pressure, but it’s great to have a home race, because all my sponsors, family and friends will be there.”

It is Fortec driver Ticktum who has the championship momentum; he leads Collard by a handsome 27 points after executing two impeccable pole-to-flag wins at Donington Park last month. Ticktum, new to car racing this year, is so far unbeaten in the championship’s rookie class.

With four different winners in the opening six races, Ford’s new MSA Formula has got away to a spectacularly competitive and exciting start, not least because four of those Ford EcoBoost-powered races have been won by super-talented 15-year-olds. Carlin man Lando Norris is the other double winner thanks to his successes at Brands Hatch in early April but, after a middling time at Donington, Lando is only fourth in the championship and is looking to regain lost ground.

The other race winner is Double R’s exciting 16-year-old Brazilian talent Matheus Leist, who romped away with the Donington reverse-grid race from the pole to mark himself down as one to watch. With three podiums under his belt, JTR’s James Pull is looking like a contender for race victory soon, with his team-mate Dan Baybutt not far behind and shaping up to be Ticktum’s chief rival for rookie class honours.

MBM’s Jack Barlow has some less than fond memories of Thruxton – it was there a year ago that he crashed in Formula Ford testing and brought a premature end to his season. He’s bounced back well from injury and the disappointment, however, and two fourth-place MSA Formula finishes suggest he will be a podium visitor soon.

JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding was a Donington podium man and has been quick at every circuit so far visited, including Thruxton, where he topped one of last month’s test sessions. The other championship top-10 men are Colton Herta, youngest in the field and showing signs of steady improvement as he gets to grips with his Carlin machine, and Leist’s team-mate and countryman, Gustavo Myasava, who has proved spectacular on occasion.

Collard will not be the only Hampshire driver in action next weekend: 17-year-old Ollie Pidgley, from Downton, made his debut at Donington and will return at Thruxton with Richardson Racing, alongside Louise Richardson. Louise, the only non-teenager in the field, should be one to watch as she gains experience with the MSA Formula chassis.

Arden team-mates Sandy Mitchell and Enaam Ahmed are closely matched in speed and results so far – and came rather too close to each other at Donington – and both undoubtedly have the speed to get on terms with the frontrunners before long, and the same is more than true of Ticktum’s Fortec running mate, Josh Smith, who is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation.

SWB Motorsport’s Rafael Martins impressed with his pace at Brands Hatch but spent more time off the track at Donington than on it… If the Brazilian can keep his head next weekend he will be at or near the front. The championship top 15 is completed by Double R’s Tarun Reddy, who is one of two Indian drivers in the series, the other being JTR’s Ameya Vaidyanathan. Falcon’s Darius Karbaley has been a steady rookie improver, as has Carlin’s Romanian talent Petru Florescu, with Jerseyman Jack Butel settling in well at SWB Motorsport.

Thruxton timetable
Saturday 9 May 1100 Qualifying; 1500 Race 1
Sunday 10 May 1045 Race 2; 1515 Race 3

On TV Live ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1515

Event details & tickets thruxtonracing.co.uk

Ticktum tiptoes to his second MSA Formula victory

  • Dan leads from pole to flag again to extend championship lead
  • Crafty Ricky Collard pinches second from James Pull at safety car restart

DONINGTON PARK 18 APRIL, 2015 – Fifteen-year-old Dan Ticktum emerged on top of a chaotic Donington Park MSA Formula finale to collect the second win of his car-racing career and further extend his championship lead.

While his maiden win for Fortec on Saturday was a relatively straightforward affair, on this occasion Dan had to cope with a length safety car period and ensuing restart. All of which the West Sussex driver took in his stride on the way to completing the race six seconds clear of his closest pursuer.

The safety car had to be brought into play for four laps after several cars left the track on the opening lap and had to be recovered to safety. The first to fall by the wayside was Round 5 winner Matheus Leist, whose Double R car suffered mechanical problems on the green flag lap and had to pull off. At the start, Leist’s team-mate and countryman Gustavo Myasava attempted a repeat of the lightning getaway he executed from fourth on the grid on Saturday; alas all he succeeded in doing was damaging his front wing on the rear tyre of Carlin’s Lando Norris, and then ricocheting into Sandy Mitchell’s TRS Arden machine. Myasava and Mitchell ended their races in the gravel trap at Redgate; Norris was forced to the pits for a new rear tyre.

A couple of corners further on, Rafael Martins (SWB) was nerfed off the track and into the infield, where he came to rest in an awkward position, all of which combined to necessitate the safety car. This at least played into Norris’s hands, who was able to return to the track after his swift stop without losing a lap.

Ticktum had never led a race under the safety car but nonetheless did exactly as he was taught and executed his restart perfectly to regain control of the race. Immediately behind him, James Pull (JTR) fared less well at the second getaway and slipped to third under attack from Ricky Collard (Arden) into Redgate. At the end of the first proper racing lap Ticktum led Collard by 0.9s and, although Ricky managed to narrow the leader’s advantage slightly the next time around, thereafter the gap increased inexorably.

Pull closed right on to Collard’s tail in the closing stages but found neutral instead of fourth gear on the penultimate lap and slipped back once more. Ticktum finished 6.0s clear of Collard to scoop the £1000 victory prize, Ricky taking his third podium of the season to move into championship second, with Pull a further second adrift for his fourth podium finish.

Winner Dan Ticktum: “The safety car played a big role in the race. I got a good start and managed to get away but then the safety car came out and the priority then was to get a good restart, which I managed to do, as planned with the team. The car has been great, so thank you to the team, thank you to my dad – it’s been a great weekend and of course I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Third, James Pull: “The only chance I had to try to get back at Ricky I went for fourth gear and got stuck in neutral. I lost a load of time.”

Rookie class runner-up Dan Baybutt: “It was a bit wild at the start. My front wing got bent on the first lap and I’m lucky it didn’t come off altogether. I got a decent start, which was good, and generally I’m happy with how the race went and the weekend as a whole.”

The spins and excursions of the opening lap shook up the order and opened up opportunities for several, not least Carlin’s Colton Herta, who slotted into fifth from P8 on the grid and gained a further position when Sennan Fielding pitted with mechanical issues mid-race. Colton kept Jack Barlow (MBM) at bay to secure fourth for the second time this year, with Barlow fifth and Tarun Reddy salvaging something for the drama-hit Double R team with an excellent drive to sixth.

Dan Baybutt was delighted with his seventh overall (and second Rookie class runner-up slot of the day), ahead of Arden’s Enaam Ahmed and Josh Smith (Fortec). Norris climbed through the field after his stop to take a deserved 10th and Indian rookie Ameya Vaidyanathan (JTR) continued his steadily improving form with 11th, ahead of Darius Karbaley (Falcon), Jack Butel (SWB) and Ollie Pidgley (Richardson). Petru Florescu was 15th after a drive-through penalty was imposed for exceeding track limits, with Louise Richardson 16th and the final finisher after a pit stop to remove debris from her Richardson Racing car’s radiators following an off-track excursion.

Provisional results Round 6, Donington Park 19 April 2015
15 laps / 29.68 miles

1 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 20m 46.087s / 85.65mph
2 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +6.006s
3 James PULL / GBR / JTR +7.055s
4 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin +7.850s
5 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM +8.283s
6 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R +9.427s
7 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +10.073s
8 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden +11.247s
9 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec +13.760s
10 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin +14.933s etc

Fastest lap Ticktum 1m 07.928s / 104.88mph

Rookie class 1 Ticktum, 2 Baybutt, 3 Ahmed, 4 Smith, 5 Ameya VAIDYANATHAN / IND / JTR etc

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Ticktum 114 points; 2 Collard 87; 3 Pull 77; 4 Norris 74; 5 Matheus Leist 65; 6 Barlow 45; 7 Sennan Fielding 38; 8 Herta 29; 9 Baybutt 25, 10 Gustavo Myasava 19 etc

Ticktum leads from pole to chequered flag at Donington Park

  • Dan Ticktum assumes clear championship lead after claiming his first MSA Formula race win of the year
  • Last-gasp scrap for second settled in favour of James Pull, with Gustavo Myasava third

DONINGTON PARK 18 APRIL, 2015 – Dan Ticktum delivered a near-perfect maiden MSA Formula victory for himself and the Fortec team this afternoon, the 15-year-old leading every inch of the championship’s fourth round, all the way from pole position to chequered flag in his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer.

But for a fourth-lap wobble when he put a wheel on the rough at the Goddards chicane, Ticktum’s drive was an impeccable display and delivered him the largest victory margin of the season so far – just over seven seconds separated Dan from his closest pursuer, JTR’s James Pull.

Ticktum showed his class with a clean getaway from his maiden pole start, pursued into Redgate corner by fast-starting Brazilian Gustavo Myasava, whose Double R machine shot away from fourth on the grid to slot ahead of both Pull and Carlin’s Lando Norris. By the end of the opening lap Ticktum’s advantage over Myasava was 0.5s and by the 11th tour he had extended it to four seconds.

Next time around Ticktum had a different car in his mirrors as Norris pulled off an impressive pass on Myasava through Redgate to seize second. Five laps later Pull followed Lando’s example and chose the same spot to push Gustavo back to fourth.

Although the race was in the bag for Ticktum, the battle for the lower podium steps was far from over: Pull set fastest lap as he reeled in Norris, muscling past the Brands Hatch double winner for second place through McLeans on the final lap. Perhaps caught out by the manoeuvre, Norris found himself pushed back to fourth at the next turn as Myasava bagged himself third place to celebrate his 19th birthday.

Winner (and £500 Rookie prizewinner) Dan Ticktum: “That was more or less exactly what I planned, apart from a small error at the end of lap four through Goddards when I was trying to find the limits of the track. After that I pegged it back to about 95 per cent and kept putting in consistent laps. When I saw I had a big lead I backed off a little bit more just to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes. That was pretty much the ideal race off the pole to be honest and a good way to win my first one.”

Second, James Pull: “I took a deep breath and made a brave manoeuvre on Gustavo through turn one; I really wasn’t sure that I’d be able to pull it off but I did, and then I managed to catch Lando and on the final lap just managed to get my nose in at McLeans and pass him. Fantastic, my best race yet.”

Third, Gustavo Myasava: “I made a good start, got the revs just right, but I had problems in the race because my car wasn’t so good when it was running behind another in the slipstream. We had some troubles with this and the tyres were becoming rough. After James passed Lando on the last lap, at the next corner his exit was a little slower than mine and I managed to pass him also down the straight.”

Hampered by gearchange issues in qualifying, Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) battled through from ninth on the grid to fifth at the flag, staying ahead of Ricky Collard (TRS Arden) for the duration of the race. After a qualifying off left him languishing 18th on the grid, Double R’s other Brazilian, Matheus Leist, put in an even more impressive charge to secure seventh at the line.

Jack Barlow drove around his MBM car’s wayward handling to take eighth (and pole for tomorrow morning’s reverse-grid race), with Dan Baybutt (JTR) and Petru Florescu (Carlin) securing the final Rookie class podium slots with ninth and 10th respectively. Florescu’s climb from the back earned him £500 from Ford as the best improver. Sandy Mitchell (Arden) endured a miserable race, losing several positions on the opening lap and slipping to 13th by the end with a deranged front wing, finishing behind his team-mate Enaam Ahmed and also Louise Richardson (Richardson Racing).

Rafael Martins (SWB) ran seventh early on but spun off, joining Darius Karbaley (Falcon), Tarun Reddy (Double R) and Josh Smith (Fortec) in retirement. The finishing order was completed by Jack Butel in 14th, ahead of Colton Herta and championship debutants Ollie Pidgley and Ameya Vaidyanathan.

Falcon Motorsport was reduced to single-car strength this weekend after the squad’s Romanian racer, Alexandra Marinescu, was recommended a further week of rest following her Brands Hatch testing accident on the eve of the new season. “The recovery went normally until now,” said Alexandra, “but the doctors considered that I might be subjected to too much stress too soon after the accident so, in accordance with their recommendations, we’ve decided not to compete this weekend. I would have liked to start in this round, but my safety is a priority. I’ll continue the training and I cannot wait to start again in the third round, at Thruxton.”

Provisional results Round 4, Donington Park 18 April 2015
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 20m 40.072s / 103.30mph
2 James PULL / GBR / JTR +7.094s
3 Gustavo MYASAVA / BRA / Double R +7.861s
4 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin +8.026s
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +14.721s
6 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +14.888s
7 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +18.226s
8 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM +19.029s
9 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +19.478s
10 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +24.428s etc

Fastest lap Pull 1m 07.880s / 104.95mph Est Rec

Rookie class 1 Ticktum, 2 Baybutt, 3 Florescu, 4 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden, 5 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden, 6 Ameya VAIDYANATHAN / IND / JTR

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Ticktum 78 points; 2 Norris 65; 3 Pull 56; 4 Collard 51; 5 Leist 40; 6 Fielding 23 etc
Rookie class 1 Ticktum 108; 2 Baybutt 61, 3 Florescu 45 etc

Donington double for Dan in MSA Formula qualifying

  • Not one, but two laps quicker than anyone else for Ticktum
  • Ticktum, Norris and Pull make it an all-15-year-old qualifying top three

DONINGTON PARK 18 APRIL, 2015 – Dan Ticktum underlined the strong pace he showed in pre-event testing to bag both pole positions for the Fortec Motorsports team in qualifying this morning. Fifteen-year-old Ticktum saved the best of his tyres until near the end of the 20-minute session and banged in two laps quicker than any of his rivals could achieve.

His best lap time,1m 07.668s, earned him the pole for this afternoon’s fourth round of the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship, and his next quickest, just 0.073s shy, puts him at the front of the grid for Sunday afternoon’s live-televised Donington finale.

Dan’s opening weekend in MSA Formula, at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago, was compromised by a relatively poor performance in qualifying. “We took a risk at Brands and unfortunately it didn’t pay off,” said Ticktum, “but the set-up was perfect today and I was able to put together a couple of good laps. The races aren’t going to be easy but it certainly helps starting from the pole. Hopefully I can make a break at the start and get away: that would be the ideal scenario.”

Carlin’s Lando Norris ran Ticktum closest and will start from P2 for both rounds four and six, with JTR’s James Pull making it an all-15-year-old top three for both races. “It was a good session for me,” said James. “I really love this circuit and third is a really good place to start and I can definitely develop from there in the races.”

Double R’s Gustavo Myasava, who left Brands Hatch point-less after a succession of mishaps, found Donington much more to his liking. The Brazilian, who turned 19 yesterday, said: “I am very pleased but also a little surprised to be P4; it’s a nice birthday present.” Gustavo’s countryman and team-mate Matheus Leist was less happy after a suspension problem caused him to spin through a gravel trap; he ended the session only 18th.

Sandy Mitchell, who endured a torrid time in qualifying at Brands Hatch, was the leading TRS Arden driver, fifth overall, with SWB Motorsport’s talented Brazilian Rafael Martins sixth fastest and pleased with his first competitive outing at Donington. Dan Baybutt will line up seventh for JTR this afternoon, disappointed to have lost a little time with some driving errors but happy his slick Hankooks will be in good shape for the races.

Ricky Collard (Arden), Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) and Jack Barlow (MBM) completed the top 10, Fielding suffering from downshift problems and Barlow rueing the decision to change his car’s set up following Thursday’s test, which rendered it a handful to drive. “I bottomed out through Goddards and went straight off and across the grass,” said Jack. “I was lucky to get away with it.”

Petru Florescu suffered a late-session off; he was 12th fastest but will start from the back of the grid all weekend after taking a penalty for receiving a fresh engine. Ameya Vaidyanathan impressed on his championship debut with JTR to go 13th quickest, but the other new face, Ollie Pidgley, was bothered by throttle problems which left his Richardson Racing-prepared car 21st and last.

Falcon Motorsport is reduced to single-car strength this weekend after the squad’s Romanian racer, Alexandra Marinescu, was recommended a further week of rest following her Brands Hatch testing accident on the eve of the new season. “The recovery went normally until now,” said Alexandra, “but the doctors considered that I might be subjected to too much stress too soon after the accident so, in accordance with their recommendations, we’ve decided not to compete this weekend. I would have liked to start in this round, but my safety is a priority. I’ll continue the training and I cannot wait to start again in the third round, at Thruxton.” Falcon’s Darius Karbaley was 19th fastest overall.

Round four of the championship follows at 1500.

Provisional qualifying top 10 Donington Park 18 April 2015
1 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 1:07.668
2 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 1:07.829
3 James PULL / GBR / JTR 1:07.904
4 Gustavo MYASAVA / BRA / Double R 1:08.005
5 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden 1:08.141
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB 1:08.142
7 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR 1:08.219
8 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 1:08.252
9 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:08.329
10 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM 1:08.336 etc

Second-fastest times (Round 6 grid) Ticktum – Norris – Pull – Myasava – Mitchell – Martins – Collard – Herta – Barlow – Fielding etc

Full times

Dan’s the man in Donington Park MSA Formula pre-race test

DONINGTON PARK 16 APRIL, 2015 – Dan Ticktum continued today where he left off at Thruxton last week, setting the MSA Formula testing pace at the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered and Fortec-prepared car. The West Sussex 15-year-old emerged on top in the second and third of the day’s Donington test sessions, and ahead for the day overall by a margin of just over a quarter-second.

Behind championship leader Ticktum the times were incredibly close, with less than half a second covering the top nine and a second spanning positions one to 15, setting the scene for a dramatic official qualifying session on Saturday morning.

Round one victor Lando Norris was quickest by eight-hundredths of a second in the first free practice session for the Carlin team, and found more time later on to end the day as one of six drivers under the 68-second mark for the 1.98-mile National circuit at Donington.

JTR’s James Pull ran Ticktum closest, with TRS Arden’s Ricky Collard third fastest ahead of Norris, Sennan Fielding (JHR) and Dan Baybutt (JTR). Collard, who won Round two of the championship a fortnight ago at Brands Hatch, was upbeat about his prospects for the coming race weekend. “The second session was my best,” said Ricky. “We put on new tyres half-way through and if I’m honest maybe I didn’t get quite the best from them; I had a couple of little slides and hairy moments, so to end the session two-tenths down is not disappointing. We have good race pace and should be OK for the weekend.”

Several drivers found out early on that Donington’s kerbs are unforgiving. Among those to damage their cars were Double R’s Gustavo Myasava (who tomorrow celebrates his 19th birthday), Arden’s Sandy Mitchell and Fortec driver Josh Smith. Myasava bounced back well in the later sessions to end the day 10th overall, a tenth slower than his team-mate Matheus Leist, with Mitchell 11th.

Three drivers enjoyed their first official MSA Formula test day, with F3 Cup reigning champion Toby Sowery 14th on his debut with the Falcon Motorsport team; Ollie Pidgley overcoming a variety of niggling car problems to set 19th best time for Richardson Racing and Ameya Vaidyanathan 20th for JTR.

Friday is a rest day at the Leicestershire circuit, with paddock seminars and media training for competitors, ahead of Saturday morning’s official qualifying session and the first of the weekend’s three races in the afternoon.

Testing times (sessions 1/2/3) Donington Park 16 April 2015
1 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 1:08.319 / 1:07.616 / 1:07.820
2 James PULL / GBR / JTR 1:08.174 / 1:08.082 / 1:07.847
3 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 1:08.652 / 1:07.853 / 1:08.066
4 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 1:08.092 / 1:07.901 / 1:07.933
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:08.454 / 1:07.976 / 1:08.474
6 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR 1:09.112 / 1:08.681 / 1:08.037
7 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM 1:08.953 / 1:08.108 / 1:08.049
8 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:09.954 / 1:08.358 / 1:08.083
9 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 1:08.893 / 1:08.096 / 1:08.628
10 Gustavo MYASAVA / BRA / Double R 1:10.673 / 1:08.647 / 1:08.216 etc

Full times

Ticktum shines at Rockingham in MSA test

  • Dan Ticktum follows up on his test-day successes of Snetterton and Silverstone to claim fastest lap time of the day
  • Less than a second covers top 10 in super-close Rockingham session

ROCKINGHAM, 18 March, 2015 – Dan Ticktum continued his strong run of testing form at Rockingham, the West Sussex 15-year-old claiming fastest time of the day at the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered and Fortec Motorsports-prepared car in the final collective test day of the MSA Formula pre-season.

Just as at Silverstone earlier in the week and at Snetterton at the beginning of the month, Ticktum proved himself more than a match for his rivals, finding nearly a second in pace on fresh tyres in the afternoon session to end the day on top by a quarter of a second.

Carlin team-mates Colton Herta and Lando Norris ran Ticktum closest, with less than a second covering the top 10 on the timesheet. Arden’s Ricky Collard was the quickest in the morning session by two-hundredths from Herta but could not find any extra pace in the generally quicker afternoon session.

One of the biggest improvers of the day was JTR’s Dan Baybutt, who put an early spin into the gravel behind him to find 1.2s in the afternoon to improve to eighth overall, close behind his team-mate James Pull. There were good showings also from Sennan Fielding, seventh on his first proper run in the JHR Developments car, and from Alex Gill, testing a Fortec MSA Formula-Ford for the first time.

The next time the MSA Formula grid will be all together on track against the clock will be at Brands Hatch on 3 April, just ahead of the opening rounds of the championship.

Testing times Rockingham 18/3/15 (am/pm)
1 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR Fortec / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:18.979 / 1:18.062
2 Colton HERTA / USA Carlin / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:18.558 / 1:18.316
3 Lando NORRIS / GBR Carlin / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:18.589 / 1:18.369
4 Matheus LEIST / BRA Double R / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:19.173 / 1:18.475
5 James PULL / GBR JTR / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:19.000 / 1:18.506
6 Ricky COLLARD / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:18.532 / 1:18.929
7 Sennan FIELDING / GBR JHR / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:18.731 / 1:18.935
8 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR JTR / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:20.187 / 1:18.909
9 Alex GILL / GBR Fortec / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:19.711 / 1:18.976
10 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:19.160 / 1:19.049s etc

Full TSL timesheets

Ticktum times his run to take honours in Silverstone tests

  • 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 etc

Full TSL timesheets

Ticktum is the Snetterton testing pacesetter

  •  Daniel Ticktum quickest in Norfolk for Fortec team
  • Carlin men Norris and Herta run him closest

SNETTERTON, 2 March, 2015 – Fortec driver Daniel Ticktum showed his young rivals a clean pair of heels at Snetterton today, topping the timesheets in both MSA Formula test sessions. In the morning runs 15-year-old Ticktum beat Carlin’s Lando Norris to top spot by 0.474s, and in the afternoon both drivers improved their pace, with Ticktum widening the gap to 0.67s.

Daniel was the only driver to break the 1m 52s mark around the 3-mile Norfolk circuit, setting a best lap of 1m 51.916.

Norris and his team-mate Carlton Herta ended the day second and third, just ahead of JTR running mates James Pull and Dan Baybutt, with last week’s Brands Hatch testing pacesetter Ricky Collard sixth fastest for Arden after what he described as a “difficult day”.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula test bandwagon rolls on to Donington Park on Thursday.

Testing times Snetterton 2/3/15 (am/pm)
1 Daniel TICKTUM/GBR Fortec 1:52.917 / 1:51.916
2 Lando NORRIS/GBR Carlin 1:53.391 / 1:52.586
3 Colton HERTA/USA Carlin 1:53.656 / 1:52.699
4 James PULL/GBR JTR 1:55.635 / 1:53.472
5 Daniel BAYBUTT/GBR JTR 1:54.857 / 1:53.486
6 Ricky COLLARD/GBR Arden 1:54.468 / 1:53.753s etc

Full TSL timesheets

Karting star Ticktum confirmed for MSA Formula

  • 15-year-old Daniel Ticktum joins his karting rival Josh Smith at Fortec Motorsports for his first car-racing experience
  • Team says there’s ‘no question’ about his talent at the wheel

240215_ticktumw24 February, 2015 – Another superstar driver from the world of karting is to step up to car racing with MSA Formula. The crack Fortec Motorsports team today announces that 15-year-old Daniel Ticktum is to join its squad this season to race one of its Ford EcoBoost-powered chassis.

Sussex-based Ticktum rose to prominence in cadet karting in 2011, when he won the ‘grand slam’ of four national titles, including Formula Kart Stars and the British Open Championship. Two seasons later he finished second in the CIK FIA European championship and British Super One. Last year he contested the WSK Champions Cup with Zanardi Strakka Racing.

He’s excited to be taking on the challenge of the FIA-certified MSA Formula championship: “It’s amazing to make the step up from karting and I’m really happy to have signed with Fortec to race in the new MSA Formula. It’s the perfect place to kick-start my single-seater career. I’ve already done a bit of pre-season testing and the car feels great.”

Fortec team manager Daniel Mitchell said of his new charge: “It’s a great signing for Fortec: there’s absolutely no question of his talent so it is down to us now to provide him with the equipment. Pre-season testing so far has been positive but we feel as a team there is still a lot more to come.” Fortec is one of the largest and most successful teams contesting MSA Formula, with a long history of victories in Renault World Series, Formula 3, Formula Renault and GT racing.

Ticktum is the seventh teenage British karting frontrunner to opt for MSA Formula as the launchpad for their car-racing careers. Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver Josh Smith will be Daniel’s Fortec running mate, while the Carlin team has signed Lando Norris and TRS Arden have Sandy Mitchell and Enaam Ahmed on board. JTR will meanwhile field James Pull and Dan Baybutt.

Frontrunners for the inaugural MSA Formula crown will take part in the first collective test of the season on Thursday at Brands Hatch, gaining vital experience of the Kent circuit which will host the opening rounds of the live-televised championship 4/5 April.

MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and will be the British Touring Car Championship’s single-seater support series, enjoying live TV coverage and bumper raceday spectator attendance. The championship will be decided over 30 races; three at each of the 10 BTCC meetings to be held between April and October.

The winning driver will hold the title FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain, and will earn 10 Grand Prix Superlicence points to get his or her career off to a flying start, in addition to being awarded a career-enhancing test drive with a leading FIA Formula 3 team.

Kart champion Josh Smith & RSF join MSA Formula with Fortec

  • Fifteen-year-old Racing Steps Foundation driver is the first Fortec driver confirmation for coming season of MSA Formula
Josh Smith

Josh Smith (Chris Walker/Kartpix)

9 February, 2015 – Racing Steps Foundation driver Josh Smith, 15, is the latest to announce his participation in MSA Formula 2015. The reigning IAME X30 international kart champion from Arnside, Cumbria, will contest the Ford EcoBoost-powered and FIA-certified Formula 4 championship with the Fortec Motorsports team.

“It’s a really exciting challenge for me,” said Smith, who has raced international KFJ class karts with RSF backing for the past two years. “Last year in karting was a pretty frustrating one which thankfully I managed to end on a high with the IAME X30 title. The aim now is to put that difficult year behind me and focus on doing the best job I can for me and the RSF. I’ll be racing with a top team and will hopefully be able to show what I’m really capable of.”

Racing Steps Foundation founder Graham Sharp added: “It will be a tough championship for Josh to cut his teeth on with so many established Formula Ford drivers and top karters lined up for seats on the grid. But Josh showed last year that he has the grit and determination to dig deep and perform even when the odds are stacked against him. With Fortec – which has a superb reputation for bringing on youngsters in junior formulae – the hope is that Josh will be able to hit the ground running.”

MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and will be the British Touring Car Championship’s single-seater support series, enjoying live TV coverage and bumper raceday spectator attendance. The championship will be decided over 30 races; three at each of the 10 BTCC meetings to be held between April and October.

The winning driver will hold the title FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain, and will earn 10 Grand Prix Superlicence points to get his or her career off to a flying start, in addition to being awarded a career-enhancing test drive with a leading FIA Formula 3 team.

The Racing Steps Foundation is a private, not-for-profit fund that provides and finances competition and performance development programmes for young British racing drivers and motorcycle racers. The backing is provided for those with the exceptional talent and determination needed to climb to the top of the international motorsports ladder but who have neither the funds nor the all-important management and mentoring needed to get there.

In 2015 five drivers and two bike riders will race in UK, European and International race series with RSF backing.