DRIVER NEWS: British F4 graduate Linus Lundqvist makes step up to British F3

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  • Swedish youngster re-signs with Double R Racing.
  • F3 progression follows race-winning British F4 campaign.

12 FEBRUARY, 2018 – Linus Lundqvist has renewed his contract with Double R Racing for the 2018 season, stepping up to the team’s British F3 arm.

18-year-old Lundqvist makes the transition following a successful rookie season in Double R Racing’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost operation in 2017, which saw the Swede claim five race wins, 11 podiums, five pole positions and an unparalleled nine fastest laps en route to fifth in the drivers’ standings.

“I am thrilled about this opportunity to race full-time in British Formula 3 this season,” said Lundqvist. “The moment the F4 season finished, this is what we started working towards, and I’m so grateful that we’ve managed to put this together with Double R Racing. I really enjoyed working with the team last year in F4 and can’t wait to get going again in F3. It will be an even bigger challenge, of course, but I’m heading into this aiming to win.”

Lundqvist has some previous experience of British F3, having contested one round of the series last season when deputising for one of Double R Racing’s regular drivers at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

“I learned a lot from that one-off at Spa last year, and it remained one of the highlights of my season,” explained Lundqvist. “The car is so much fun to drive, and by the end of that weekend, I was down to just a few tenths off the fastest guys. Having done that race at Spa also means I will be familiar with all the tracks on the calendar; I obviously know the British ones from racing in British F4. There will still be things to learn, but overall I’m feeling pretty confident going into pre-season testing.”

“We’re super excited Linus is remaining with the team for the step-up into British F3 and we’re confident he’s going to be every bit as competitive in F3 as he was in British F4 last year,” added team principal Anthony “Boyo” Hieatt. “Linus is a quality driver, a real genuine prospect, and our aim is to be regularly challenging for podiums and race wins as the championship unfolds. We’ve got a fantastic relationship and everyone at the team is very hungry to achieve a lot of success in British F3 this season.”

TEAM NEWS: Fabulous fifth win of year for Lundqvist on final weekend of British F4 season

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•    Double R’s Lundqvist ends British F4 season P5 in standings.
•    Swedish star takes fifth win at Brands Hatch GP on final weekend.
•    Triple top 10 for Massaad as rookie F4 season draws to a close.
•    Lebanese ends maiden car racing campaign P9 in championship.

2 OCTOBER, 2017 – Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist wrapped-up his maiden season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 30th September/1st October, with his fifth victory of 2017 – ending the year in the series top five for Double R Racing.

Signing-off his first campaign outside Scandinavia with the win during round 28 on Saturday, before adding his 11th podium of the season with second place in round 30 on Sunday afternoon, the rapid youngster also posted fastest lap in each of those contests to underline his very real title potential.

Despite a championship campaign hampered by misfortune, the Lundqvist and Double R partnership still shone through as potentially the quickest combination in the category throughout the season – a point proven by the tally of nine fastest race laps across the year, more than any rival.

Karl Massaad concluded his rookie season in single-seater car racing ninth in the standings after a strong and very consistent final weekend at Double R’s ‘home’ track, the Lebanese racer chalking-up a hat-trick of top 10 finishes. Along with two podiums earlier in the season, Massaad also claimed top 10 points results on 13 other occasions.

“It’s great to take another win with Linus on the final weekend of the season, and it’s also a reminder of how competitive we’ve been this year – without the bad luck we’ve had I’ve got no doubt we could have challenged for the title”, said Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, Double R Racing team principal.“Linus is a fantastic driver, incredibly quick and definitely a star in the making.

“Karl finished his rookie year off very strongly, three results in the points is great and it’s obviously fantastic for the team to have them both end the year inside the championship top 10. Overall, it’s been a good year in British F4 for Double R, onward and upward to next season now.”

In qualifying on Saturday, Lundqvist only just missed out on pole position by a mere 0.1 seconds but a front-row start for round 28 meant his plans to challenge for a fifth win of the season were very much on course. In the sister Double R car, Massaad was little more than a tenth of a second shy of the top 10, securing 11th on the grid for the first of the afternoon’s two races.

Making a tremendous start, Lundqvist surged into the lead around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend and after an early Safety Car he set about building a gap at the front. Leading by more than a second by the end of lap five, another Safety Car then undid the Swede’s hard work but after the re-start on lap nine he soaked up significant pressure and also set the fastest race lap en-route to a great win.

Massaad enjoyed a strong first lap to climb through into the top eight and although edged back to ninth after the initial cautionary period, he then held position. On lap five, though, he was shuffled back to 10th place and after the second Safety Car intervention he slipped to 11th position. On the final lap, however, problems for Harry Dyson enabled Massaad to move back into the top 10.

On the partially reversed grid for round 29 later in the day, Lundqvist lined-up seventh on the grid and moved into the top six on lap one but was edged back to seventh again at the start of lap two after a late wheel-locking move into Paddock Hill Bend by newly crowned champion Jamie Caroline.

Putting the Double R racer offline, and losing crucial momentum in the process, the race one victor went on to end lap two in eighth position, just ahead of Massaad who had moved into ninth from a starting slot of 10th position, but the contest was soon red flagged after a multi-car incident.

The race was re-started over a duration of just 11 minutes and Lundqvist went on to end the encounter in eighth position, after some robust action, with Massaad running ninth for the bulk of the race until being edged back to 10th place late on.

For the final race of the season, round 30, on Sunday afternoon, Lundqvist lined up on the front row in second position with Massaad in 12th place. Determined to try and make it half a dozen wins for the year, Lundqvist certainly delivered the pace required – again setting fastest race lap – but he ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot and his 11th podium of the season.

Starting well, Lundqvist swarmed all over pole qualifier Alex Quinn’s car and after an early Safety Car period the battle resumed. Pulling well clear of the chasing pack, Lundqvist stayed in touch with Quinn before eventually settling for second position.

Massaad maintained his starting slot early on and although shuffled down to 14th place early in the second half of the encounter, the Lebanese hit back to climb into the top 12. Keeping a good pace, the Double R driver benefited from dramas for a couple of rivals to move up into the top 10 with four laps to go and took the flag just 0.2 seconds shy of the next car.

TEAM NEWS: Storming recovery at Silverstone bags British F4 ace Lundqvist top five

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•    Linus Lundqvist races superbly after nightmare qualifying.
•    Sensational Round 27 recovery secures P5 best at Silverstone.
•    Consistent Karl Massaad delivers plentiful points and P6 best.

18 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist produced one of the drives of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season at Silverstone on Sunday, 17th September, to record a stunning top five result despite a back-of-the-grid start and enforced mid-race excursion.

Following a troublesome qualifying session on Saturday, 16th September, where the Swedish racer was unable to set a representative time after sustaining damage to his car, Lundqvist had to start the last of the weekend’s three races from 18th on the grid, but mounted a sensational performance.

His supreme drive in round 27 almost mirrored the terrific showing delivered in round 25, the Double R driver carving his way through from 15th on the grid into the top six. In round 26 on Sunday morning, a realistic podium bid was ended by contact but he fought back into ninth place.

Lebanese team-mate Karl Massaad enjoyed a very successful weekend, chalking-up a significant haul of points and posting a best finish of sixth in race two. Having started the event at Silverstone’s 1.64-mile National Circuit with 11th place in the opening encounter, Massaad then added seventh in the final contest to climb into ninth in the championship. Lundqvist retains fifth in the points standings.

“Linus and Karl both raced incredibly well this weekend, showed fantastic pace and took some good results away”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Frustratingly, though, we know wins and podiums were a possibility so we’re going away from Silverstone with mixed feelings.

“After Linus topped the times in testing, we knew pole was on in qualifying but it wasn’t to be. He did a fantastic job to carve his way through, though, especially in the final race. Karl was very strong and consistent all weekend and we’re impressed with the results he achieved, very well deserved.”

Lundqvist got the weekend off to a terrific start with the fastest time of all in testing, but in qualifying he had to settle for an uncharacteristic 15th on the grid for race one after sustaining damage to his car when making contact with the pitwall. Massaad, meanwhile, enjoyed one of his strongest runs of the season to qualify seventh fastest and just 0.3 seconds shy of the front row.

Although slipping to eighth on the first lap of race one, Massaad stayed in touch with the cars ahead but the next time around he was shuffled back to 11th place. Remaining there to the conclusion on lap 21, the final couple of laps were incredibly dramatic with heavy rain lashing the circuit. Massaad, though, didn’t make any mistakes to safely finish just outside the top 10.

Following the disappointment of qualifying, Lundqvist was determined to carve his way through and he did just that with a storming drive to sixth place. Gaining four positions on lap one alone, the Swede broke into the top 10 the next time around and then grabbed ninth place on the fifth tour.

Taking eighth at mid-distance, the multiple category race winner then starred when the rain arrived and despite the rapidly diminishing levels of grip for the slick tyres, Lundqvist managed to slice his way into the top six on the penultimate tour to cap a sensational drive.

Beginning the first of Sunday’s two races, round 26, from third on the partially reversed grid, Lundqvist made a sensational start to rocket into the lead momentarily before being edged to second. Running wide at Becketts to slip to third, he then set about chasing down the top two.

At Brooklands on lap three, though, as Johnathan Hoggard tried to attempt a pass on the outside, resulting contact pitched Lundqvist into a spin and dropped him to 11th spot. Recovering into the top 10 on lap seven, he moved up into ninth soon after where he stayed to the end. On the final lap, Lundqvist just missed out on the fastest lap by a mere 0.027 seconds.

Starting race two from 11th position, Massaad maintained position on the opening lap but then moved into the top 10 on the second tour when Alex Quinn spun across the grass at Maggotts. Then, after the tangle involving team-mate Lundqvist and Hoggard on lap three, Massaad climbed into eighth and continued his rise on lap five by taking seventh.

Passing Oliver York for sixth on lap 11, the Lebanese racer then focused on trying to reel in Ayrton Simmons but he had to instead turn his attentions to repelling a resurgent York during the closing stages – the Double R driver managing to retain sixth to the flag on lap 21.

Massaad began the final race of the weekend, round 27, from ninth on the grid with Lundqvist needing to work a minor miracle to secure anything like a decent result from 18th and last. At the start both Double R drivers got away cleanly, with Massaad holding position on lap one and his team-mate gaining four places to climb into 14th position.

Taking another spot at the start of lap three, Lundqvist then closed on the battling duo ahead but at Luffield on the fourth tour he had to take to the grass on the outside in avoidance of a tangle and spinning car.

Dropping to 15th as a result, a long way down on the rest of the pack, the Double R racer fought his way back supremely into the top six after a truly stunning drive – including an ultra-close battle with Massaad along the way. Due to a time penalty for Ayrton Simmons, though, Lundqvist finished fifth.

Massaad was edged back to 10th spot on lap four but he moved back into ninth on lap five and then set about pressuring for more. On lap 17, he was passed by the recovering Lundqvist after a terrific, and very clean, wheel-to-wheel scrap but Massaad did manage to climb into eighth before the finish and was also elevated into seventh due to a rival’s penalty.

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent, Double R Racing’s ‘home’ track, will host the final three races of the British F4 season just a fortnight from now, on 30th September/1st October.

TEAM NEWS: Fourth win for Lundqvist in British F4 at Rockingham

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•    Lights-to-flag victory in F4 for Linus Lundqvist at Rockingham.
•    Rapid Double R Racing driver just misses out on double podium.

28 AUGUST, 2017 – Top motor racing squad Double R Racing celebrated victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost over the weekend 26th/27th August.

Linus Lundqvist bounced back tremendously well from a luckless outing at Knockhill in Scotland two weeks ago to qualify on pole position for the first of three British F4 races at Rockingham, converting his top-of-the-grid slot in round 22 into an outstanding lights-to-flag victory in Northamptonshire.

“It’s great to be back on the top step of the podium in F4 with Linus”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Knockhill was a nightmare for him, so pole position and his fourth win of the season at Rockingham this weekend was just what he and the team needed. Karl [Massaad] had a whole heap of problems unfortunately, but we know he’ll be back strong at Silverstone.”

Sweden’s Lundqvist delivered the perfect response to the huge disappointment of the previous event at Knockhill with the round 22 pole position and victory at Rockingham. Making a good start and seeing off an early challenge, he then began to stamp his authority on the encounter and gradually pulled away from the pack en-route to a winning margin of 1.9 seconds.

Team-mate Karl Massaad, who started 10th, made a good launch and climbed into ninth on the opening tour. Coming under attack on lap four, he was bundled back to 10th place after being edged wide but moved back into ninth on lap six and remained there to the conclusion.

For round 23 on Sunday morning, Lundqvist started seventh with Massaad directly behind in ninth on the grid and the race one winner managed to move up into the top six off the start before being pushed back to seventh into Deene.

On the run to Yentwood, though, a tangle pitched Lundqvist into a spin and team-mate Massaad was also caught-up in the aftermath meaning they slipped to 13th and 15th respectively. Despite damage, Lundqvist made progress back through the order, climbing into 11th place by lap three, but a moment on lap five undid his work. Recovering again, he moved through to 11th before pitting to retire on lap 10.

Having also made some progress after the lap one dramas, despite struggling with a damaged front wing, Massaad moved into 13th and broke into the top 12 after Lundqvist’s lap five excursion. Like his team-mate, though, Massaad soon pitted as his wing issues became an increasing problem. After rejoining with a new nosecone and front wing assembly, the Lebanese driver finished in 12th place.

Round 24 began with Lundqvist fourth on the grid and a strong start kept him in contention for the podium. Almost collected by a rival as he headed through the right-hander at Yentwood, Lundqvist emerged from the turn safely and began to pile immense pressure on third placed Jamie Caroline.

Swarming all over the series leader, weaving from side to side in search of a passing opportunity, Lundqvist couldn’t find a way through and on lap nine he was edged back to fifth by Ayrton Simmons at Tarzan. Momentarily getting fourth back on lap 11 around the outside at Deene, after being bumped onto the grass at the exit the Double R driver reassumed fifth where he stayed to the flag.

From ninth on the grid, Massaad did lose a couple of spots initially and was then bundled back to 14th place. Slipping another position on lap three, he hit back at Deene the next time around before retiring on lap nine from a technical problem.

Double R’s British F4 squad will be back in action on 16th/17th September at Silverstone National Circuit for the penultimate event of the season.

TEAM NEWS: Second podium of season for impressive Massaad at Knockhill

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•    Rostrum for Massaad at Knockhill in rescheduled Oulton Park race.
•    Lebanese driver shows true pace with second silverware of 2017.
•    Best of P6 for front-runner Lundqvist on mixed visit to Scotland.
•    Bitter disappointment for multiple race winner with double DNF.

14 AUGUST, 2017 – Lebanese racer Karl Massaad made a richly deserved second visit of the season to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost podium at Knockhill over the weekend 12th/13th August, with a terrific drive to third place for Double R Racing in the second of four races.

Added to the regular trio of F4 contests, the second encounter at the Scottish track on Saturday afternoon acted as the rescheduled 12th round of the season – postponed from the Oulton Park race meeting back in May due to scheduling issues following timetable delays.

Charging through from sixth on the grid to record a fantastic third place result, Formula 4 rookie Massaad delivered a tremendous performance as the highlight of an otherwise mixed weekend for the Woking team.

Multiple category race winner Linus Lundqvist, who headed into the seventh event of the season third in the championship, encountered a desperately frustrating race meeting with contact from rival competitors in two of the races leading to bitterly disappointing retirements. His best result of the weekend was sixth position in the fourth and final contest.

“Karl did a fantastic job in race two, he was quick and didn’t put a wheel wrong – everyone at Double R is delighted to see him back on the podium proving his pace and ability”, said team owner Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Historically, Knockhill has always been a track Double R has been strong at and that looked set to be the case again as we had good pace in testing and into the race weekend.

“Unfortunately, qualifying didn’t work as intended and the races didn’t go to plan in the main with a lot of contact and some other issues. We’re coming away from Knockhill feeling disappointed our pace wasn’t fully rewarded, but obviously very happy for Karl with his second podium of the year.”

Qualifying on Saturday took place on a drying track but two separate stoppages to the session impacted the Double R drivers, unable to maximise the grip of their tyres. Lundqvist emerged with the seventh fastest time, albeit only 0.2 seconds shy of pole position, while Massaad had to settle for 16th on the grid – an unfortunate excursion further compromising his hopes.

Putting together a terrific first lap in round 19, Lundqvist surged into the top five and remained in the lead battle until lap six when an unfortunate moment meant the Double R racer slipped to ninth place, and he was then edged back to the tail of the top 10 soon after.

Determined to hit back following a mid-race Safety Car period, he set about working his way into the top eight and on the drag up the hill from the hairpin on the final lap he just missed out on seventh at the finish by a mere 0.079 seconds.

From the eighth row of the grid, Massaad gained two places on an excellent first lap and stayed in 14th position up to and through the Safety Car period. Unfortunately dropping back to 15th spot on the first lap back at racing speed, Massaad returned to 14th place the next time around and moved into the top 12 before the conclusion on lap 21 – taking the flag only 0.187 seconds shy of 11th.

In race two, the re-scheduled 12th round, Lundqvist started fifth and squarely aimed for a podium challenge, moving into fourth on lap two and pushing very hard. On the third tour though, while battling with Oscar Piastri, Lundqvist was edged off the track and dropped to the back as a result.

Progressing back through the order strongly, on lap 12 – while running in ninth position – he was forced to retire with an overheating car which was a legacy of the earlier trip across the outside of the track.

Team-mate Massaad lined-up alongside the sister Double R car in sixth place on the grid and after holding position for the first couple of laps, he then broke into the top five before climbing into fourth on lap five.

Glued to the back of Piastri lap after lap, Massaad grabbed third on the ninth tour when his rival encountered car problems. Thereafter, he delivered a faultless performance throughout the remainder of the 22 lapper to secure the richly deserved second podium of his rookie F4 campaign.

Hoping to chalk-up a plentiful haul of points after such a frustrating Saturday, Lundqvist’s fortunes didn’t improve in race three on Sunday morning at a bright and dry Knockhill when yet another tangle, again with Piastri, resulted in his second non-finish of the weekend.

Beginning the race eighth on the grid, the Swede gained two places on lap one and then set about pressuring Ayrton Simmons for fifth. Remaining in close company for the next few laps, on the sixth tour everything went wrong for Lundqvist when Piastri dived to the inside into the hairpin and flipped the Double R car up onto two wheels on the exit – pitching Lundqvist into retirement.

Massaad, who started the race 12th on the grid, climbed one position on the first lap and then broke into the top 10 at the end of lap two. Fending off Jonathan Hoggard over the line, Massaad made the place his and after Lundqvist’s removal from proceedings he inherited ninth position.

Following a Safety Car period to clear his team-mate’s stricken car from the track, racing got back underway on lap 11 and Massaad maintained ninth. Running strongly, he was edged back to 10th again with just a few minutes to go but he hit back on the penultimate tour to smartly retake ninth.

Race four of the weekend began with Lundqvist eighth on the starting grid and Massaad down in 19th, a legacy of the aforementioned problems in qualifying. Making another great start, Lundqvist climbed into the top six and immediately set about challenging championship leader Jamie Caroline.

Race-long the Double R driver piled on the pressure, swarming all over the back of his rival’s car, but there was no chance to make a breakthrough and he remained sixth to the flag despite several well thought out attempts. Massaad, meanwhile, ended the red-flagged contest a frustrating 17th after an enforced pit-stop, following early contact, put him a lap down.

Double R Racing’s British F4 squad will be in action two weeks from now, over the weekend 26th/27th August, with the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost visiting Rockingham in Northamptonshire.

TEAM NEWS: Two more podiums for Lundqvist as British F4 resumes at Snetterton

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•    Double R’s Linus Lundqvist increases 2017 podium tally to eight.
•    Lundqvist takes strong points haul to maintain third in standings.
•    Karl Massaad top 10 in Roubd 16 on otherwise luckless weekend.

31 JULY, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist made a consistent and competitive start to the second half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend (29th/30th) July, with two more podium finishes during the sixth meeting of the campaign.

After a lengthy summer break for British F4 since Lundqvist’s memorable double victory at Croft back in mid-June, the Swedish racer maintained his top three championship placing at Snetterton with third position in round 16, fifth in round 17 and third again in round 18.

Unfortunately for team-mate Karl Massaad, a top 10 finish in the weekend’s first race was the highlight of his weekend after two highly frustrating retirements in the subsequent contests, each a result of contact from rivals. Double R Racing’s third British F4 driver Daniel Cao wasn’t in action this weekend but is scheduled to return at Rockingham in August.

“It’s been a good consistent weekend for Linus and we’re obviously happy with two podiums”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “We needed a bit more pace though, so we’ll get some testing done before Knockhill to get back on it and try and be back challenging for wins.

“Karl didn’t have much luck this weekend, being punted out of two races is never great, but his top 10 in race one was competitive and the pace was pretty strong. We didn’t take away as many points as we wanted from Snetterton, but it wasn’t a bad weekend really.”

Lundqvist was the fastest Double R driver in qualifying, securing fourth on the grid for round 16, just 0.4 seconds shy of the front row, with Massaad only just missing out on the coveted top 10 with the 11th best time, only 0.1 seconds shy.

Following a good start to the first of Saturday’s two races, Lundqvist made his intent clear and after taking third place he piled on the pressure to Ayrton Simmons. Remaining within 0.4 seconds of his rival, the pair circulated pretty much nose-to-tail for the first half of the race and into lap seven he was just a tenth of a second shy over the line.

On Bentley Straight Lundqvist momentarily got stuck in fifth gear which allowed Logan Sargeant to move past. Determined to retake his podium placing, Lundqvist hit back on lap 10 to once again assume third which he then held to the flag a lap later.

In the sister Double R Racing machine, Massaad quickly moved up into the top 10 and began to apply significant pressure to Manuel Sulaiman. In a race where overtaking proved to be at an absolute premium, Massaad also had to have his eyes keenly focused on his mirrors to keep Patrik Pasma at bay, which he achieved with aplomb to secure 10th place – just 0.2 seconds shy of ninth.

For round 17 later in the day, Lundqvist started seventh on the partially reversed grid but quickly moved into sixth and set about making more inroads. Taking fifth on lap two, the Swede then broke into the top four on lap four as another podium became increasingly likely.

Racing then fell under Safety Car conditions on lap five as a result of an incident involving team-mate Massaad. Having started on the fifth row, the Lebanese driver maintained position initially before moving up into ninth on the second tour.

Well placed to make more gains, his hopes were then hit on lap four after contact from the car of Hampus Ericcson which resulted in retirement for Massaad. With the Double R machine depositing fluid on the track, the cautionary period was called.

At the re-start on lap seven, Lundqvist ran very close behind Alex Quinn but a challenge for the podium went awry on the ninth tour when he was edged back to fifth. At the chequered flag on lap 10 he was just 0.2 seconds shy of the top four.

Massaad’s terrible misfortune showed no sign of abating in the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon when opening lap contact resulted in another highly unfortunate retirement for the No.14 Double R car, which started 10th on the grid.

Team-mate Lundqvist didn’t have an entirely drama-free race himself, but he managed to overcome early worries to secure his seventh podium of the season and the Swedish talent also recorded the fastest lap of the contest – a time of 1m 52.949 seconds.

Starting the race from fourth on the grid, Lundqvist held position through Riches and into the hairpin he made a late attempt on the brakes to grab third on the inside. Despite a slight lock-up, and minor contact with Sargeant’s car, Lundqvist emerged from the turn in third and he stayed there race-long.

Just 0.8 seconds behind the lead duo into lap three, Lundqvist remained in touch initially but then had a fairly lonely race in third. Confirming his pace with the fastest race lap, the Double R driver did his championship placing the world of good with another well-deserved rostrum result.

Knockhill Circuit in Fife, Scotland, will host the next three rounds of the British F4 season just a fortnight from now, over the weekend 12th/13th August.

2017 British F4 Championship Standings 
3rd Linus Lundqvist, 192.5pts; 10th Karl Massaad, 47pts; 16th Daniel Cao, 7pts

TEAM NEWS: British F4 race winner Lundqvist to make Formula 3 debut at Spa with Double R

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•    Double R’s British F4 race winner set for Formula 3 bow at Spa.

30 JUNE, 2017 – Exciting single-seater racing talent Linus Lundqvist will make the step-up into Formula 3 competition at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium a week from now, on 7-8 July, when the Double R Racing driver will make a one-off appearance in the British F3 series.

The 18-year-old from Sweden, who is racing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with Double R Racing, currently lies third in the standings.

Stockholm-based Lundqvist, a three-time race winner in British F4 with the Woking team so far this year, is gaining an impressive reputation in his first season of action outside the Nordic region and is now absolutely relishing his first races in F3, as well as his maiden visit to world-famous Spa.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be making my Formula 3 debut at Spa next weekend”, said Lundqvist, “It was not something I expected to be doing this year, and I really want to thank Double R Racing for putting their trust in me for this.

“I’ve never been to Spa before and it will obviously be difficult to go up against the F3 guys in the middle of the season, but I will do my best and try and learn as much as possible.”

Lundqvist, who is the reigning Formula STCC Nordic Champion, has undertaken a limited programme of testing with Double R’s F3 squad to prepare as well as possible for his one-off outing in British F3 with the reigning category champions and team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt can’t wait to see how the Swedish youngster will fare.

“We’re all really excited to see how Linus adapts to F3 at Spa next weekend, it’s not going to be easy but he’s done an incredible job in British F4 this year with us and definitely deserves this opportunity to showcase what he can do at a higher level”, said Hieatt.

“His pace in British F4 has been nothing short of sensational this year, his tally of pole positions, fastest laps and race wins proves that, and I’m confident he’s going to grab this chance with both hands and give a very strong account of himself. Linus doesn’t know Spa and although it is a hugely challenging track, I’m sure he’ll be up to speed very quickly. We can’t wait for next weekend.”

TEAM NEWS: Faultless performance from Lundqvist in wet and dry secures memorable double win for Double R at Croft

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•    British F4 racer Linus Lundqvist takes two supreme victories.
•    Double R driver rapid in both wet and dry conditions at Croft.
•    Karl Massaad close to podium return in last race of F4 weekend.

12 JUNE, 2017 – Rapid F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost driver Linus Lundqvist delivered a series of star performances at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend, 10th/11th June, securing two magnificent victories for Double R Racing in rounds 13 and 15.

At a track where the Woking team has always had an excellent set-up in any formula, Lundqvist backed up his timesheet-topping efforts in testing with pole position for the first and third races and he converted both into superb wins – moving the Swede into third in the championship.

Lebanese team-mate Karl Massaad only just missed out on a podium return in the final encounter of the weekend, taking a best finish of fourth place, while Chinese racer Daniel Cao took his only finish in race three after two unfortunate retirements in the opening two contests.

“It’s fantastic for Linus to take two wins”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “Our set-up for Croft has always been good, we always have a great car there, so we take great delight in doing so well this weekend – Linus was the pace-setter throughout and did an outstanding job.

“Karl had a terrific recovery in the third race after an unfortunate collision in the second one, he raced very strongly and to be in the fight with the podium contenders was fantastic and where we know he can be on a regular basis. It wasn’t the strongest weekend of the season for Daniel but, overall, we’re delighted with the team performance.”

Lundqvist certainly started the Croft weekend as he intended to go on, lapping fastest in pre-event testing and then going on to set the quickest and second quickest laps in a highly competitive, rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday to secure pole position for the first and third races of the event.

Continuing drizzle into the afternoon meant Round 13, would also take place on a wet track and Lundqvist made an outstanding start. Storming into a lead of two seconds on lap one alone, racing then fell under Safety Car conditions due to an unfortunate incident for team-mate Massaad who was pitched into a spin at Tower Bend, having started sixth. He retired with damage soon after.

At the resumption on lap five Lundqvist made a textbook re-start and went on to control the race from the front, reeling off a series of fastest laps – a best of 1m 30.761s – before taking the flag on lap 12 an incredible 6.7 seconds clear. Team-mate Cao, meanwhile, experienced misfortune like Massaad after an excursion when the Safety Car was on track, while running in the top 10.

Starting the dry 14th round on Sunday from sixth on the partially reversed grid, Lundqvist got away from the line cleanly and managed to climb into fifth on the opening tour. Massaad and Cao started the contest from 13th and 15th respectively but the latter’s race came to an early conclusion in the gravel at the first corner – triggering the deployment of the Safety Car.

Racing resumed on lap four and Lundqvist quickly moved up into the top four before challenging for the podium. After running wide at Tower on lap six, he was edged back to sixth and then seventh soon after but battled back into fourth before the race was red flagged on lap 12 when Massaad was involved in a tangle at Tower while battling inside the top 10.

Normal service was resumed for Lundqvist in round 15 as he again dominated, opening up a one second lead from pole position at the start and going on to take the chequered flag on lap 15 almost six seconds clear with a phenomenal drive. He also posted the fastest lap by some margin, a time of 1m 21.444s (93.93mph).

Massaad made amends for his earlier disappointment with a great drive to fourth, his second best result of the season. Starting fifth on the grid after a strong run in qualifying, he moved into fourth on lap five and was just 1.4 seconds shy of the podium at the chequered flag – he also set the third fastest race lap. Cao, meanwhile, started 11th on the grid and went on to finish in 15th position.

British F4 now enters a summer break with the next rounds at Snetterton on 29th/30th July.

F4 British Championship standings 
3rd Linus Lundqvist, 152.5pts; 10th Karl Massaad, 46pts; 14th Daniel Cao, 7pts

TEAM NEWS: Fourth British F4 podium of season for Lundqvist at Oulton Park

Supplied by team’s PR.

  • Linus Lundqvist secures fourth podium of 2017 in wet Round 10.
  • Double R ace sets fastest lap by more than half a second in race one.
  • Best of P8 for Karl Massaad and highest finish of P9 for Daniel Cao.
  • Round 11 red flagged and Round 12 postponed due to timetable delays .

22 MAY. 2017 – Front-running F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford racer Linus Lundqvist secured his fourth podium finish of the season at Oulton Park over the weekend, 20th/21st May, to close to within just 5.5 points of the top three in the driver standings for Double R Racing.

During an unconventional couple of days for the category, with one race postponed to a later date as a result of timetable delays and another shortened through a red flag stoppage, Lundqvist raced to a best of third place in round 10 – while also setting fastest lap – and then took fifth in round 11.

Team-mate Karl Massaad finished the opening contest on Saturday in eighth but hopes of similar in race two were dashed after contact to the rear of his car on the opening lap led to retirement a couple of laps later. Double R’s third driver Daniel Cao finished in 12th position during the opener and went on to claim his fourth top 10 points finish of the season in race two with ninth.

“We’re pleased to see Linus back on the podium, taking fastest lap in race one proves the pace we’ve got, and fantastic Daniel was able to break into the points again”, said team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Obviously, we’re disappointed for Karl with the retirement from race two, especially after a strong start on Saturday, but we’re confident all three guys will be competitive at Croft.”

Qualifying on Saturday morning concluded with Lundqvist setting the fifth fastest time on his final lap of the session, getting within little more than 0.2 seconds of pole position, while Massaad was sixth quickest and Cao ended just outside the top 10 with the 11th best time.

Rain arrived at Oulton Park ahead of race one of the weekend, round 10, and Lundqvist made a truly sensational start to rocket into the top three. While initially taking things somewhat cautiously over the course of the first few laps, the Double R driver began to push more and more during the second half of the contest as his tyres came to him and dramatically reeled in second placed Alex Quinn.

Setting the fastest lap of the race on the final tour, Lundqvist’s time of 1m33.561 seconds was an eye-opening half a second quicker than the best anyone else could manage and he closed to within 1.3 seconds of Quinn at the finish on lap 13.

Massaad unfortunately slipped to eighth on the opening tour and then spent the remainder of the encounter there after a largely uneventful race to secure his fifth points finish of the year. Cao, too, lost ground initially after being edged back to 12th place but he regained his starting position on lap two before dropping back to 12th on lap seven. The Chinese racer then stayed there to the flag.

As a result of timetable delays on Saturday, round 11 of the season – which was scheduled to be the last race of the day – was postponed to Sunday afternoon. Round 12, therefore, was dropped off the timetable and will be contested later in the season at an alternative venue.

Lundqvist started fourth for round 11 and held position through Old Hall, maintaining the place despite significant pressure and impressively coping well with damage to the left-hand endplate on his front wing.

At the end of lap three, though, contact from Jamie Caroline pitched Lundqvist into a near-spin and although recovering he dropped to sixth. Remarkably, despite the wing damage, Lundqvist was able to post the fourth fastest lap and when Caroline crashed-out into the barriers at Old Hall at the start of lap eight the race was red flagged with Lundqvist classified in fifth place.

Massaad got away from the line cleanly at the beginning of the race and all looked good for the Lebanese driver. As the field headed into the hairpin, though, contact from behind resulted in damage to the rear of his car. While getting going again, several seconds down on the rest of the pack, Massaad went on to retire from the race at the end of lap three as a result of the incident.

Through all of the early drama Cao managed to leap into the top 10, actually slicing his way into ninth position. Staying there to lap six, the Chinese racer was edged back to 10th before the red flags were shown and was elevated into ninth again in the final result which was taken back a lap.

Double R Racing’s British F4 drivers will be back in action three weeks from now, over the weekend 10th/11th June, at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire.

Double R Racing completes cosmopolitan British F4 line-up with Chinese youngster Daniel Cao

Supplied by team’s PR.

  • China F4 podium finisher Cao joins Lundqvist and Massaad at Double R.
  • Multiple Chinese karting champion set for UK debut in Ford EcoBoost-powered series.
  • Double R’s 2017 line-up completed with six weeks to go until season start.

24 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Chinese racing driver Zhuo ‘Daniel’ Cao will make his UK track debut in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, having now been confirmed as Double R Racing’s third signing for 2017 – completing the Woking squad’s full line-up.

The 15-year-old joins Linus Lundqvist and Karl Massaad in Double R’s three car entry for the new campaign. The squad intends to build on its strong race-winning season last year, which saw Australia’s Zane Goddard claim four victories and multiple podiums.

Cao made his ‘official’ F4 British Championship test debut last week at Brands Hatch where he joined his two new team-mates and a host of 2017’s British F4 drivers. Completing just shy of 170 laps, the teenager – one of the youngest drivers in the category – ended the day just a few tenths outside the top 15.

“It’s fantastic to complete our British F4 line-up with plenty of time left before the start of the season. We’re all looking forward to working with Daniel this year,” commented Double R team boss Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.

“He’s still very young and has a lot to learn, but he’s enjoyed some great success in karting and on his debut in Chinese F4 last year so there’s a lot to build on.”

Cao started out in karts at the tender age of six in 2008 and went on to claim his first title in 2011, winning the China CKC Junior Karting Championship. He then graduated to the senior ranks the following year, ending the campaign as vice-champion.

Branching out into Japan Rotax Junior and Asia Rotax Junior, finishing third overall in both categories in 2013; Cao travelled to Europe to compete in the WSK Belgian GP Academy and WSK German GP Junior at 12-years-of-age.

His second title came in 2015 after winning the Japan Rotax Junior Championship, and he swiftly made it a hat-trick of championship victories last year with back-to-back title success in Rotax Junior through a successful defence of his crown.

Going on to make his debut in cars during the season finale of the 2016 China F4 Championship at Zhuhai last November, Cao made an immediate impression with two third place podium finishes from three races contested.

“I’m very happy to be making my UK debut in British F4 with a team as experienced and high profile as Double R,” said Cao.

“There’s a lot for me to learn, the car and the circuits, but I’m sure it’s going to be a great season and I’m really looking forward to it. Everyone knows how tough the championship is, with a lot of quick drivers, but I’m hoping to make strong progress as the season unfolds.”

The inaugural rounds of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford will take place at Brands Hatch Indy circuit over the weekend of 1-2 April, 2017. The UK’s most competitive single-seater series will once again star on the live-televised TOCA package alongside the ever-popular BTCC.