Red Bull Junior Development driver Daniel Ticktum (Motopark with VEB Dallara VW) won the FIA F3 World Cup in Macau when the two leading cars crashed on the last corner of an incident-packed race (video highlights below).
In a sensational finish, Ticktum’s teammate Sergio Sette Camara and Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin Dallara VW) collided while fighting for the lead and Ticktum dodged the damage to win.
Ticktum finished 0.5sec ahead of Lando Norris (Carlin Dallara VW) and Macau rookie Ralf Aron (VAR Dallara Mercedes) in a massive slipstreaming duel. Incredibly, Habsburg ran his badly damaged car along the safety fence (below) to claim fourth.
Ticktum earned the right to victory two laps earlier when he won a four-car wide battle in the braking area for the right-hand Lisboa corner, moving from fifth to third.
Early leaders Callum Ilott ( SJM Theodore Racing by Prema) and Joel Eriksson (Motopark with VEB ) were eliminated on the third lap when they misjudged a green flag restart and went straight on at Lisboa corner.
Eriksson had seized the lead from polesitter Ilott but a crash by Marino Sato (Motopark with VEB) brought out a full-course yellow flag.
Both Eriksson and Ilott appeared caught out when the race went green and they went off at Lisboa, letting Sette Camara though to the lead from Maximillian Gunther (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema), Habsburg and Norris.
Habsburg used the Lisboa braking area seven laps later to pass Gunther and begin a determined pursuit of Sette Camara.
With three laps remaining the two leaders had opened a 6.2s gap on the dual for third place when Ticktum launched his assault.
“I knew exactly where my maximum braking mark was into Lisboa and when the others braked earlier I pulled to the outside with confidence,” he said.
It was a sensational and audacious move and Ticktum slammed across three cars abreast and led up the hill out of Lisboa.
In the lead, Habsburg was seriously threatening Sette Camara and on the last corner of the race, in sight of the finish, he pulled alongside and ahead. Camara fought back and the two cars touched, going off into the wall.
Camara’s car was disabled, but Habsburg recovered, sliding his car down the track on three wheels to claim fourth position ahead of Gunther.
Ticktum has driven in only three F3 races and plans a full F3 season in 2018.
“This has been the biggest win of my career,” he said.
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Highlights of the F3 World Cup are at the end of the following weekend highlights video: