DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist wins from pole at Rockingham

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28 AUGUST, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist powered to an emphatic fourth win of the season as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost set up camp at Rockingham this weekend, converting pole position into a lights-to-flag victory.

Swede Lundqvist came out on top of a dramatic scrap for pole in Saturday morning’s qualifying session, edging the opposition by 0.055 seconds as less than one tenth separated the top four. In doing so, the 18-year-old Double R Racing man sealed his fifth pole position of the year; the most of any driver in the series so far in 2017.

Lundqvist then continued to lead the way in the first of the weekend’s three races, controlling the 15-lap event from the front as he soared to win number four of his rookie F4 season. Underlining his pace, Lundqvist also set the fastest lap of the race.

“I’m so thrilled about this win, and proud of the way in which we achieved it,” said Lundqvist. “We proved that we could bounce back from the last round at Knockhill, and we did so with practically a perfect race. The key was qualifying on pole and maintaining the lead at the start, and from there it was just a case of bringing it home and managing the tyres. It’s a great feeling; big thanks to everyone at Double R Racing for a brilliant car!”

Through winning the first race, Lundqvist found himself lining up seventh on a partially reversed Race 2 grid, hoping to work his way towards the head of the pack once more. However, he was instead spun around on the opening lap, picking up suspension damage that ultimately forced him to return to the pitlane and retire.

Following swift repairs by the Double R Racing crew, who installed new rear wishbones as well as a new floor on Lundqvist’s car, the Stockholm racer was back in contention for the concluding Race 3 which he finished in fifth place after several off-track excursions after battling with rival drivers.

Lundqvist remains fifth overall in the F4 British Championship following the Rockingham meeting, but has reduced the gap to second-placed Oscar Piastri from more than 80 points to just 50 in the ever-closer standings. Two meetings remain in 2017, with 150 points still to dispute.

The penultimate round of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take the field to famous Grand Prix circuit Silverstone, where battle resumes on 16-17 September.