Ticktum's drive on home turf helps NIO edge Mahindra

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Ticktum's drive on home turf helps NIO edge Mahindra

Dan Ticktum rounded out an impressive campaign with NIO 333 by helping the Anglo-Chinese team secure ninth in the Teams' World Championship, just a point ahead of Anglo-Indian outfit Mahindra Racing.

Ticktum team London Season 9

The Brit ended Season 9 with a run of three points finishes, capping off a season in which he made good ground on what was a promising rookie campaign in 2021/22.

Seventh and ninth in the London finale saw NIO cement its progress at the start of the GEN3 era with a finish ahead of both Mahindra-powered teams in Mahindra Racing and ABT CUPRA - the German ABT Sportsline operation running the latter outfit being multiple champions in Formula E. 

NIO's qualifying pace looked strong all season. Ticktum made as many Duels appearances as TAG Heuer Porsche's front-running title challenger Pascal Wehrlein with seven and progressed right through to the Semis in both Diriyah and Berlin. Race pace was hampered by the NIO powertrain's efficiency struggles. Pace was less of an issue but applying that speed race-long proved difficult for the team throughout the inaugural GEN3 campaign.

London start

Still, seven points finishes from a possible 16. A pair of top sixes and a string of three top 10s to round out the campaign is no mean feat, particularly given the manufacturer is the only one without a customer for its powertrain - providing half the data many of its rivals have at hand, impacting the pace of its ability to develop software and potential solutions to its early-generation issues.

Consistent points has long been the team's aim and it's made those strides this season. Good things are on the horizon, then, particularly if the outfit can work on its efficiency prior to lights out in Season 10.

"We had good pace in the wet in London," said Ticktum. "If we were at a track where overtaking is easier then we could have made it further up the pack on Sunday, too. That's a good sign for next year and we know we're good in the wet. I'm not surprised by that as the car has been good in rotation and mechanically all year - very good. I've always felt strong in the rain too, back to my karting days. Us Brits know the wet well! We grew up in it!

"I was happy to score more points and overtake Mahindra - that's very big for the team and I'm very happy to be able to help give them that boost at the end of a pretty challenging year. It was a better one that I was expecting, honestly.

Ticktum signed a two-year deal when he joined NIO but he is expecting to make a return with the outfit for Season 10, despite mid-season whispers - not least from Ticktum himself - suggesting he had eyes on a drive elsewhere in the Formula E paddock. He's expecting more progress but similar issues into 2023/24 with the powertain hardware homologated. 

Ticktum generic Season 9

"I think my performances have been good this year and I've maximised what we had a lot of the time - as did the guys trackside. We've managed to get the best out of the package we have which is a very positive thing. We can always improve and next year will be tough with us having more or less the same problems we do now.

"We're still going to be there to fight for points when they're available and that's what we've got to aim at.

The Brit was doubly pleased to be able to put on a show for his fans who turned up as part of a 40,000-strong crowd at the ExCeL-hosted season finale.

"I think I'm a bit Marmite - people love me or hate me," says the 23-year-old. "Either I'm getting evils or I'm getting people come up to me and ask for photos - I enjoy it. I'll keep being me, because that's just how I am. It's always special to have a race at home and the reception for the Jakes and also for me was great - so I really appreciate that."