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March 24, 2017

Goddard and Ticktum excel at Paul Ricard Collective Test

Arden Motorsport duo both enjoy productive days at the top of the timesheets in challenging conditions

Arden Motorsport drivers Zane Goddard and Daniel Ticktum both excelled in wet and dry conditions at the Paul Ricard circuit for the second collective pre-season test for the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup.

Rain showers welcomed the drivers this morning for the first session that concluded with Zane Goddard (Arden Motorsport) on top. Sadly Goddard had his best time deleted for exceeding track limits, meaning teammate Daniel Ticktum inherited P1 with a time of 2:22.743s ahead of fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Richard Verschoor (MP Motorsport). Goddard would hold on to set the 9th fastest time of the session, while teammate Ghilsian Cordeel would finish 23rd in the tricky opening session.

Day 2, Morning Session Results:

P1 – Ticktum (2:22.743), P9 – Goddard (2:23.587), P23 – Cordeel (2:25.205)

After two hours of calm in the afternoon, the drivers shod slick tyres for the final hour. Robert Shwartzman took command with the best lap of the session in 2:06.359 ahead of Henrique Chaves and Sacha Fenestraz.
Arden drivers Zane Goddard, Daniel Ticktum and Ghislain Cordeel focused on race setup in the dry afternoon running - setting the 8th, 18th and 22nd fastest laps respectively.

Day 2, Afternoon Session Results:

P8 – Goddard (2:07.964), P18 – Ticktum (2:08.562), P22 – Cordeel (2:09.064)

Zane Goddard (Arden Motorsport): “I am satisfied with my pre-season testing so far. There’s still a bit of catch-up in terms of experience gap, but the team is competitive and we are improving in each session, no matter the track conditions. The Formula Renault 2.0 is a nice car and really fun to drive. It allows drivers to attack on every lap. This year, my main objective will be to continue to progress against a very competitive field. You have to take on the best to get the best out of yourself!”

The Formula Renault Eurocup drivers and teams finished the day with 25 minutes devoted to standing starts before they head to the Nürburgring on the 29-30 March for the third collective pre-season test.

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