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27 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – After six months, nine championship rounds and 27 exciting races, time has come for Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist to wrap up his maiden season of international single-seater competition. The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost concludes this weekend at the demanding Brands Hatch GP circuit, and Lundqvist is determined to bow out of 2017 in style.
“My goal is to win at least one race this weekend,” said Lundqvist. “It’s a tangible target, and based on the pace we’ve had throughout the year, it’s definitely a realistic ambition as well. I really want to bring this season to a strong close, and I think we’re in a good position to do so.”
After winning the Scandinavian Formula STCC Nordic title in 2016, Lundqvist set out on the greatest adventure so far in his fledgling motorsport career this season, joining Double R Racing for a campaign in British F4 that’s yielded plenty of promise. Four race wins, nine podiums and five pole positions have established the Stockholm-based racer as one of the series’ top names, and seen him add a reputation for entertaining race craft thanks to several memorable overtaking manoeuvres along the way.
With a full seven retirements on his scorecard, however, Lundqvist finds himself perhaps further down the championship order than his pace has actually warranted. The 18-year-old has failed to see the chequered flag on more occasions than any other driver in the overall top eight, with points’ leader Jamie Caroline and runner-up Oscar Piastri, for reference, having retired just two times each so far in 2017.
Third-placed Logan Sargeant has finished all 27 races to date, while Alex Quinn in fourth has been forced to park up prematurely three times.
As for Lundqvist, it all got off to a dreadful start at the season-opening round – staged, like this weekend’s finale, at Brands Hatch. After topping the times in Friday practice, the Swede faced misery over the rest of the event as recurring technical problems forced him out of all three races, leaving him immediately on the back foot.
Further technical glitches ensued at Donington Park and Knockhill, dropping Lundqvist out of title contention. Going into the finale, he instead sits fifth, 20.5 points down on nearest target Quinn with 75 points still up for grabs.
“I think it’s fair to say that this season has been a bit of a roller-coaster,” Lundqvist concludes. “We’ve had the pace, in my honest opinion, to fight for first or second in the standings, but we’ve lost north of 100 points due to outside circumstances. On the positive side, that means I really don’t have anything to lose this weekend, and that I can just take it race by race and have fun! Both the team and I really want to prove our worth one final time this season, and we’re all good to go.”
The 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost finale gets underway with two free practice sessions on Friday, with qualifying and two races then following suit on Saturday. The season comes to its definitive close with the final race of the year on Sunday afternoon.