Ticktum triumphs at crazy Macau Grand Prix
19 November 2017 – Red Bull-backed Daniel Ticktum claimed an incredible victory at the Macau Grand Prix, pulling off a double move for third, before leaders Sérgio Sette Câmara and Ferdinand Habsburg crashed at the final turn.
Motopark's Ticktum started from eighth position on the grid and gained one spot off the line, as team-mate Joel Eriksson grabbed the lead from Saturday winner Callum Ilott on the long run to Lisboa.
However, both Eriksson and Ilott went off at Lisboa on the third lap, following a Full Course Yellow period, handing the lead to Sette Câmara, as Ticktum moved into fifth.
After the subsequent Safety Car period, due to Eriksson's stranded car, and a couple more laps featuring yellow flags, the race heated up during the closing stages.
Habsburg slipstreamed second-placed Maximilian Günther, completing the move before Lisboa, as he set off in pursuit of Sette Câmara, who had opened an advantage up front.
As Habsburg closed on Sérgio Sette Câmara up front, Günther and Norris scrapped for third, though their duel became a three-way fight courtesy of Ticktum.
Günther and Norris battled but Ticktum made it three-wide on the approach to Lisboa and seized the outside line, out-braking his rivals before sweeping around them, and into third spot.
Up front, Habsburg reeled in Sette Câmara and the pair scrapped for the lead as they began the 15th and final lap, with the Brazilian hanging on after retaining the inside line on the run to Lisboa.
Habsburg remained glued to the rear of his Motopark rival through the technical middle sector of the lap, and his speed forced Sette Câmara to defend the inside line into Fisherman's Bend, the penultimate turn.
Habsburg consequently carried greater speed through the right-hander and, though Sette Câmara held the inside line along the short straight, Carlin's Habsburg inched ahead on the entry to the final corner.
However, Habsburg carried too much speed into the corner and hit the outside wall, while behind him, Sette Câmara's compromised line resulted in him also understeering into the barriers.
Ticktum thus picked his way through the debris to collect a dramatic victory, ahead of compatriot Norris, while Ralf Aron stayed out of trouble and made gains to record a podium finish, having started from 13th place.
Habsburg crawled his damage car across the line in fourth position, as Günther took fifth, in front of Pedro Piquet and Sacha Fenestraz.
Guan Yu Zhou, Tadasuke Makino and Jehan Daruvala rounded out the top 10.