Motopark with VEB take dramatic Macau F3GP victory

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The 2017 Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix was, arguably, the most fraught and tension-filled running of the event to date. Britain’s Daniel Ticktum from the Volkswagen customer team Motopark with VEB has recorded a surprising and historic win at the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau.

The British driver only moved into the lead from third place on the home stretch after Volkswagen drivers Ferdinand Habsburg (A/Carlin) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR/Motopark) had slid into the tyre wall whilst battling for the lead on the final turn. Habsburg was able to continue and claim fourth place, but Sette Câmara had to retire. Formula 3 European champion Lando Norris (GB/Carlin) crossed the finish line behind Ticktum to complete the one-two result for Volkswagen. Third place went to Ralf Aron (EST/Dallara-Mercedes). This was the tenth win for Volkswagen as an engine manufacturer at the official FIA Formula 3 World Cup.

“This Macau Grand Prix really did have everything a motorsport fan could ask for,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “The stars of tomorrow showed all their driving skills today. Daniel Ticktum carried on fighting right to the end and was rewarded after a turbulent race. Congratulations to him and his Team Motopark with VEB! This year, the Volkswagen drivers continued to be a great advert for this sport – including Ferdinand Habsburg and Sérgio Sette Câmara, who fought out a thrilling duel to the final turn and showed immense will to win.”

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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