1st in Final 1
1st in Final 2
Daniel Ticktum was back at PFi to redeem himself in the penultimate Si round.
Ticktum qualified fastest 0.3s ahead of Enaam Ahmed, Jehan Daruvala, Max Fewtrell and Ross Martin who were all very close. In fact Ticktum was one of a few drivers to have identical actual laps and ideal laps (from the three fastest sector times).
Daruvala won heat 1, with the three REM drivers Daruvala, Ahmed and Fewtrell plus Martin extremely well-matched. Ticktum led the second heat all the way although Daruvala was faster and had closed back up to a couple of tenths behind by the line.
Daruvala was on pole for Final 1, joined on the front row by Fewtrell, and with Jamie Caroline and Ahmed on row 2. Ticktum was down in 7th.
Ticktum ran away with the first Final, by KFJ standards anyway, as he was 2.5s ahead of his team-mate Daruvala after gaining seven places in the opening laps. Daruvala had stayed ahead for a lap off pole, but was passed by Ahmed and the top three spread out. But with five minutes to go they closed back up with Ticktum taking the lead, then on the last lap Daruvala came back to 2nd after an engine hiccup for Ahmed. Factory Wright Kart driver Martin was the first non-REM driver in 4th after seeing off Billy Monger at about a third distance. Fewtrell had dropped to midfield at the start.
Final 2 was a repeat of Final 1, again with Ticktum leading all the way to win from Daruvala. The Force India driver took Ahmed on lap 4 but Ahmed continued to push and regained 2nd a few laps later then Daruvala reversed the situation four laps from the end. Martin was again a solid 4th despite constant pressure from Monger.
Ticktum leads the championship going into the last round at Shenington but only four points ahead of Daruvala, who is on a British licence this year and therefore gets to score points, unlike when he won the last round in 2012.
Karting Magazine November 2013