Ilott takes victory in Macau qualification race
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18 November 2017 – Ferrari-backed Callum Ilott claimed a commanding victory in the Macau Grand Prix qualification race after overhauling pole sitter Joel Eriksson midway through the 10-lap encounter.
Eriksson surged away from pole position, as fellow front-row starter Lando Norris bogged down and was swamped by his rivals on the long run to Lisboa, tumbling to ninth position.
Eriksson kept Ilott at bay early on, with the gap growing to over a second, but mid-distance the Prema-run Theodore racer closed in, and challenged for the lead.
On lap six Ilott drew side-by-side with Eriksson along the full-throttle section, but the Motopark driver held the inside line, and kept his advantage on the run to Lisboa.
However, Ilott emerged from the final corner much closer to Eriksson and made a move into the Mandarin kink on lap seven, grabbing the lead, and defended the inside line into Lisboa.
From there, Ilott pulled clear, hammering out a 2.4-second advantage over Eriksson across the remainder of the lap, as he ultimately cantered to victory by 7.9 seconds.
Eriksson fended off Motopark team-mate Sérgio Sette Câmara to finish second, as the Brazilian recovered from his qualifying crash to record third.
Maximilian Gunther had a low-key run to fourth, in front of Carlin's Ferdinand Habsburg.
Pedro Piquet made progress to take sixth position, passing Norris on the final lap, as the McLaren protégé made only minor gains after his lacklustre start.
Red Bull junior Daniel Ticktum, Yuki Sekiguchi and Guan Yu Zhou rounded out the top 10 as a relatively clean race was run without the intervention of the Safety Car.
Sunday's 15-lap Macau Grand Prix will begin at 15:00 local time