After a month long break the FR2.0 Championship headed to the heat of the Hungaroring. It was a masterful performance in wet qualifying that saw Arden and Red Bull Junior driver Dan Ticktum, secure his first FR2.0 pole, which he duly followed up with his maiden win at this level.
Fast-starting Ticktum managed the race and two safety car restarts to perfection, setting the fastest laps to control proceedings and evade the chasing pack behind him. Ticktum crossed the line to take Arden's first Formula Renault Eurocup victory just ahead of Sacha Fenestraz and fellow Red Bull Junior Neil Verhagen. Australian young gun Zane Goddard finishing in an impressive 9th position and teammate Ghislain Cordeel recorded his best finish of the season in 11th position - just missing out on points! Overall the first race was a brilliant result for the Arden team.
strong finishes in races 2 and 3 for the Arden squad which again saw Ticktum bank points for a 9th and 7th position finish - alongside another Rookie Podium now see's Ticktum 6th overall
in the driver standings and leads the Rookie Championship.
Arden have risen to 5th in the Team Championship in their debut FR2.0 season and Zane has got his season up and running after scoring his first points of the 2017 season in race one.
The team now heads to the Nurburgring for round 6 of the Championship which take place on 14th and 16th July.
Dan Ticktum: “A very good weekend for me. I had my chances and took them. The win was the big thing, of course, but the points in the other two races were also very good. This is a very competitive series and not too many drivers record a win in their first year, so this is a fantastic result for me and the team and I couldn’t be happier."
It is impressive to see a team take its driver to the top step of the podium in the first half of his maiden season in a category.
With Ben Salter and my engineer Matt Callaghan, we have worked every weekend to progress and reach our goals: to be the first member of the Red Bull Junior Team to be the best rookie and to win. Today it is mission accomplished with the fastest race lap to boot!”