British driver Dan Ticktum completed another dominant performance at the Macau Grand Prix — the FIA F3 World Cup — winning for the second straight year in a final overshadowed by a terrifying crash that left two drivers and three others injured.
Motopark driver Ticktum led every lap during an incident-filled event where there were two safety car periods and a lengthy red flag interruption following the major accident involving German driver Sophia Floersch.
Floersch’s car flew over the barrier after being launched over the top of Sho Tsuboi’s car at Lisboa Bend on Lap 4 (see video of the incident below). Both drivers were transferred to the hospital, as well as two photographers and a track marshal. A medical report from the organizers said that there were no critical injuries, although Floersch, who was complaining of back pain after being extricated from her crashed car, was determined to have suffered a spinal fracture.
“I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning,” the 17-year-old German tweeted. “Thanks to everybody for the supporting messages.
Following a lengthy red flag delay to repair broken catch fencing, Ticktum got away well at the restart and briefly came under pressure from the pursuing Joel Eriksson on Lap 12, after the Swede had got past Sacha Fenestraz at the restart on Lap 7. But Ticktum had plenty of speed in hand and finished off what he believed had been a perfect performance.
“It was less surprising but more enjoyable than last year’s win,” said Ticktum, who also took pole and a dominant win in the previous day’s qualifying race. “When you dominate a weekend like that it is very, very special. I’m ecstatic.”
HitechGP racer Jake Hughes finished overall in 4th position, just missing out on a podium place but sealing a tremendous season for him in the run up to 2019.
For local contender and new HitechGP Team racer Charles Leong, this was the first time he raced in his home country.
The 17-year old karted in Macau and all over Mainland China before stepping up to single-seaters in 2016, taking a win in Chinese F4 and finishing seventh in the Formula Masters China. For 2017 he graduated to the Asian Formula Renault Series and dominated both that and Chinese F4.
He was originally supposed to make a switch to Europe, to take part in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup this year but he chose instead to enter the inaugural season of Asian F3 with Hitech Dragon Racing team. A regular on the podium, he lies fourth in the championship standings with only one event to go – but this is a different challenge.
As per tradition, the cream of young talent from around the world will contest this year’s FIA F3 World Cup. The race is still the ultimate test and talent contest for aspiring Formula 1 drivers. Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher and Lucas di Grassi have all won the Macau Grand Prix and the victor from this year’s stunning capacity grid is sure to become a global star of tomorrow.