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

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  • 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

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  • 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.