Motopark with VEB driver Daniel Ticktum took victory in the most sensational Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix for many years on Sunday, after race leaders Sérgio Sette Câmara and Carlin’s Ferdinand Habsburg crashed out at the final corner.
Câmara, Ticktum’s team mate, had looked on course for the win in the closing stages of the race, having moved to the front of the field on lap three after a full course yellow (deployed in Macao for the first time) restart resulted in an incident between pole position man Callum Ilott of SJM Theodore Racing by Prema and front row starter Motopark with VEB’s Joel Eriksson.
But after Habsburg moved up to second past Maximilian Günther on lap 11, the Austrian steadily closed in to get right behind Sette Câmara by the penultimate lap.
On the final lap Habsburg drafted right alongside Sette Câmara on the run through Mandarin, but did not quite have the momentum to get past under braking into Lisboa. Clearly holding a pace advantage, though, he saw an opportunity at the final corner as he swooped around the outside of the Brazilian to seize the lead. Unfortunately, the Carlin driver carried too much speed into the corner and swiped the barriers on the exit – with Sette Câmara also losing control and crashing out. That left the door open for Ticktum to take the victory from Lando Norris, which had come after a strong climb through the field.
The key moment for Ticktum was on lap 14 when he moved up from fifth to third with a well-judged slipstream past Norris and Günther on the run down to Lisboa.
“That was an incredibly eventful race,” said a delighted Ticktum. “Up until this race I’ve had a pretty unlucky weekend, so I was due a bit of luck with what happened at the final corner – but there are no words to describe what it was like coming across the line.”
Ralf Aron ended up third for Van Amersfoort Racing, with Habsburg managing to get across the line in fourth place despite only having three wheels on his car.