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1 OCTOBER, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist wrapped up his first season of international single-seater racing with one victory and one second-place finish at this weekend’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost finale at Brands Hatch.
After qualifying on the front row of the grid for both the first and third of the weekend’s trio of races, 18-year-old Lundqvist went on to win the opening heat after snatching the lead at the start and surviving two safety car interventions on his way to victory number five of the season.
The Double R Racing Swede then followed up his success with second place in Race 3, putting eventual winner Alex Quinn under pressure in the opening stages before easing off towards the end. Underlining his pace, Lundqvist recorded the fastest lap of both races.
In the partially reversed-grid second race of the meeting, Lundqvist finished eighth after getting tagged by two rival drivers while attempting to make his way back up the field.
Lundqvist was the highest-scoring driver at the finale and ends up fifth overall in the 2017 British F4 standings on 306.5 points, just half a point behind Quinn in fourth.
“I’m really pleased that I managed to cap the season off like this,” said Lundqvist. “My goal this weekend was to win at least one race, and that’s what I did. It would have been fantastic to win the final one as well, but we only had used tyres left and Alex was driving well defensively on the first couple of laps. This was my first time around the Brands Hatch GP layout, and it was so much fun to push the car around here. I’m happy with my performance.”
During his first season of international single-seater racing, Lundqvist has scored five race wins, eleven podium finishes and five pole positions (one more than series champion Jamie Caroline). He has also racked up nine fastest race laps, more than any other driver in the championship, and ends the year as Double R Racing’s top representative in the standings.
”I’ve learned an awful lot this season, and it’s been an incredible experience,” concluded Lundqvist. “I’m grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to challenge myself in this competition. It has confirmed my hopes that I would be able to win races at this level, which is crucial going forwards. I’d like to thank Boyo (team principal), Matt (race engineer), Jack (mechanic) and everybody else at Double R Racing for their support. We’ve had a great year together and I will never forget this season.”
Linus Lundqvist is already working on his 2018 racing plans, with several options set to be evaluated over the next few months.