- Lundqvist wins final race of weekend with Double R.
- Quinn follows up win with second place for TRS Arden, while team-mate Piastri pulls off hat-trick of podiums at Croft.
11 JUNE, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist and Double R Racing claimed another flawless lights to flag victory at Croft in the final race of the weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
A perfect start from pole saw Lundqvist lead comfortably into turn one after which the Swedish single-seater champion effortlessly pulled a gap to the chasing pack on his way to victory. He recorded the fastest lap of the race, a time of 1m 21.444s, on lap four and then proceeded to lap consistently in the 1m 21s. A pace that could not be matched by the rest of the field with no other driver managing to lap below 1m 22s mark.
“It’s great to get another win before the summer break,” said Lundqvist. “I’ve really enjoyed driving the car all weekend. I haven’t had any problems and the car has worked so well. It allowed me to push right from the beginning to build the gap I needed. I then just tried to manage the tyres and keep up a strong pace.
“The weekend I have had is something any driver would call ideal; when the car is just perfect and you can extract so much pace from it which is what we have done all the time.
“It feels so good to go into the summer break with this excellent performance. I want to carry this momentum into the second half of the season. I’ll be pushing 100% in every session so we can take the fight to the others in the championship.”
Alex Quinn was another fast starter, leapfrogging team-mate Oscar Piastri and Jamie Caroline, by scything down the inside of them through turn one. Caroline found himself defending a two-pronged attack from the TRS Arden pairing and as he fended off Piastri, Quinn found enough space to pass them both. Piastri maintained the pressure through Hawthorn and Caroline ran off the track through the Chicane, losing ground and giving Oscar the opportunity to go by.
“I’m really happy and the team has done a great job,” said Quinn. “I’m not too upset it’s the summer break because last season I had a tough weekend at Croft, so to leave here with a podium and a win gives me a lot of hope for the second half of the season.
“We’ve scored a lot of podiums in the first half of the season, but we’ve just been caught out by bad luck at times. I think things are looking up in the championship now though after this weekend which is really positive.
“I got a good start off the line which enabled me to put pressure on the guys in front and while Oscar and Jamie were squabbling I took my chance up the inside.
“Oscar was very quick in the first part of the race which didn’t make things easy, but then I managed to just pull away a bit towards the end which underlines my consistency in the car over a race distance.”
“Three podiums out of three is always a good result over the weekend,” added Piastri. “I got a good start and moved alongside Jamie. Unfortunately Alex got on the inside of both of us.
“In the end I think I was a little fortunate to stay ahead of Massaad because he was very fast. His pace dropped off a little bit at the end and I’m very happy to have held onto third. This race was very similar to race two when I caught Alex up and then dropped back off again.
“The team has done an amazing job. We’ve been fast all weekend regardless of the conditions. We’ve certainly made up some ground on Caroline in the standings which is great for the championship.”
Caroline’s excursion at the chicane immediately left him having to defend from Karl Massaad who hustled the Carlin driver in first part of the race, getting a better exit out of Sunny on lap six to take fourth place, with Caroline increasingly susceptible due to a technical gremlin.
However, the championship leader did well to hold onto fifth, keeping a hard charging Logan Sargeant at bay who had climbed several places up the order during the race. The highlight a perfectly judged move down the inside of Simmons for sixth.
Simmons pulled off some deft overtaking manoeuvres himself, namely on Oliver York late on with a daring late lunge at Tower. Although this relegated York to eighth ahead of Patrik Pasma, York took another Ford F4 Challenge Cup win just hours after standing on the top step in the class podium celebrations in race two of the weekend. The Challenge Cup podium was identical to the earlier race with Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) taking second and third.
Olli Caldwell just missed out on a Challenge Cup podium on his debut weekend despite a superb effort on track in only his second British F4 race. It featured some excellent wheel-to-wheel racing from the birthday boy, coming out on top heading into Clervaux on lap two having been three abreast with Lucas Alecco Roy and Daniel Cao. Caldwell then set his sights on Ericsson and Jamie Sharp, the trio jostling for position with Roy and Liu getting in on the act to make for a thrilling battle.
The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost now heads into its annual summer break, with the action set to continue at Snetterton on 29/30 July, 2017. Carlin’s Jamie Caroline will defend a 67.5 point lead from Piastri, with Lundqvist just 18 points further back in third.
Provisional results Round 15 Croft 11 June 2017
15 laps / 31.87 miles
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 20m 36.846s / 92.77mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +5.728s
3 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +6.860s
4 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +8.301s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +10.649s
6 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +10.928s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +17.332s
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +17.861s
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +19.544a
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +23.499s etc.
Fastest lap: Linus Lundqvist 1m 21.444s / 93.93mph
Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 York; 2 Webb; 3 Ericsson; 4 Caldwell
Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 238 points; 2 Piastri 170.5; 3 Lundqvist 152.5; 4 Quinn 139; 5 Sargeant 134; 6 Pasma 108.5; 7 York 98.5; 8 Simmons 81.5; 9 Webb 52; 10 Massaad 46 etc.
Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 York 279.5 points; 2 Webb 239.5; 3 Monger 100; 4 Ericsson 79.5; 5 Caldwell 24