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.

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.

Ford EcoBoost-powered win number four for Lundqvist

  • Lights-to-flag win for Lundqvist after measured drive from Double R racer.
  • Ericsson ensures a Swedish lock out of the top step by claiming Ford F4 Challenge Cup victory.
  • First non-finish of season for title contender Piastri.

26 AUGUST, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist withstood pressure from a fast-starting Oliver York to take a commanding win from pole position in Round 22 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

York sniffed his second victory of the season in the opening exchanges through turns one and two, at one point just nudging in front of Lundqvist. However, the Swede was wise to his advances and kept York pinned to the outside to prevent him from scything past.

The Double R ace then set about pulling a gap and controlled the pace out front on the way to his fourth win of the campaign, with York 1.895 seconds behind.

“It’s brilliant to be able to add to my tally of wins for the season,” said Lundqvist. “I was so happy after qualifying on pole and now I’m on a whole other level!

“It was a bit tough at the start, defending the lead from the guys behind, but I held on and pulled a gap.

“Then it was all about managing the tyres which was made harder by being chased by York. So I had to manage the tyres while trying to maintain the gap which is not easy.

“I’m hugely excited to see what we can achieve tomorrow. I’m so happy with how the car is handling. The team have done an incredible job. It’s always so exciting to get behind the wheel of the British F4 car. Let’s see if we can get another win this weekend.”

“We were very evenly matched at the front,” added York. “Linus got a gap in the first part of the race. I managed to get alongside and just slightly in front of him through the first and second corners, but was on the outside so couldn’t quite make the move stick.

“Second is a good result. It’s good points for the championship and we can build on this.

“Even though I got my first win a fortnight ago we’ve been struggling a bit so it’s good to qualify well and carry that through into the race, battling at the front and showing we have the pace to win. Hopefully we can bag plenty more points tomorrow.”

Another fast starter was Jamie Caroline with lightning reactions off the line from fifth on the grid. The championship leader ran three abreast with Carlin team-mate Logan Sargeant and TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons on the run into Deene, running around the outside of the pair to emerge in third place.

Struggling with worn tyres, Caroline was unable to escape Sargeant’s clutches and in the closing stages his mirrors were full of Sargeant’s Ford EcoBoost-powered racer.

Caroline’s saving grace was a better run out of Brooke Chicane lap after lap. It was just enough to prevent Sargeant from getting sufficient slipstream down the straight and around the turn one banking to set up a move into Deene.

“We were fortunate in that race that Piastri was unable to finish and that I was able to hold on to third,” explained Caroline.

“We were on our most used tyres in that race which showed with the kind of lap times we were achieving, as well as the fact I was drifting through quite a few corners!

“It’s not a bad result at all as far as the championship is concerned with another good points haul.

“If we can get a podium in all three races this weekend that would be brilliant and then go into Silverstone with the chance of taking the title there.

“I initially pulled a gap to Logan and was catching York, but I just knew I didn’t have it in the tyres to mount a proper attack so I backed off, but then the tyres dropped off further and Logan was able to reel me in.

“I was kind of surprised I was able to pull away from Logan coming out of the last corner and onto the banking because I was struggling for traction due to the life left in the tyres. On one lap I even rubbed along the wall and I have no idea how the car stayed intact. Ford and Mygale clearly know how to build a strong car!”

As Caroline and Sargeant squabbled, the TRS Arden duo of Ayrton Simmons and Alex Quinn looked to pick up the pieces, but ran out of laps and had to settle for fifth and sixth; ahead of Patrik Pasma whose seventh place earns him pole for the reverse-grid race.

Caroline’s third could prove all the more decisive when taking into consideration the fate of Oscar Piastri in the race. His chief title rival suffered front wing damage early on and then encountered a technical problem which left him dropping down the order despite an impressive rear-guard action which saw him initially keep a gaggle of six cars behind him.

The Aussie ultimately had to retire on lap six after coming into the pits. His first non-finish of the season after a remarkable run of 21 consecutive races in the points.

Jamie Sharp was in fine form for Sharp Motorsport, showing no signs of the balance issues that hampered him on Friday to climb more places than any other driver from 13th to eighth. The Rochdale racer pulled off some perfectly-judged moves, notably a bold dive up the inside of Karl Massaad at Tarzan.

The latter finished ahead of Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson who is making a habit of taking Ford F4 Challenge Cup victories, and did so again with his fourth Class win of the campaign with Olli Caldwell (TRS Arden) and Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) completing the podium.

Caldwell found himself facing an uphill battle from lap two after a tangle at Tarzan saw him spun around. The talented teenager was unperturbed though and climbed up to 12th, behind Sam Smelt (GW Motorsport) after entertaining battles with Allen and Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy.

Ford’s young stars are back on track at Rockingham at 1005 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race with the Rockingham finale, in which Sargeant will go from the pole, to be televised live on ITV4 at 1512.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 22 Rockingham 26 August 2017
15 laps / 29.10 miles
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 20m 05.929s / 86.87mph
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +1.895s
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +5.329s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +5.672s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.010s
6 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +7.235s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +15.905s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +19.923s
9 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +21.332s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +24.284s etc.

Fastest lap: Linus Lundqvist 1m 19.629s / 87.70mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Caldwell; 3 Allen

Grid for Round 23 Pasma – Quinn – Simmons – Sargeant – Caroline – York – Lundqvist – Sharp – Massaad – Ericsson etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 349 points; 2 Piastri 288.5; 3 Sargeant 246; 4 Lundqvist 229.5; 5 Quinn 224; 6 York 187.5; 7 Simmons 179.5; 8 Pasma 123.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 66 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 200.5; 4 Caldwell 161; 5 Monger 100; 6 Allen 87

Full results

Lundqvist and Sargeant share the qualifying honours at Rockingham

  • Ultra-competitive qualifying sees top four covered by less than a tenth of a second.

26 AUGUST, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist came out on top in a closely fought battle for pole position at Rockingham Motor Speedway in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

A host of drivers looked capable of taking top spot, with seven drivers all recording times within three tenths of the pole time around the 1.94-mile circuit.

Lundqvist’s flyer with several minutes of the session remianing proved too good for his rivals. A 1m 18.787s lap deposing provisional pole sitter Oliver York who had edged ahead of longstanding P1 man Logan Sargeant.

“To be honest, I wasn’t that confident coming into this weekend as I wasn’t sure it would be our strongest track,” said Lundqvist.

“We did a lot of work yesterday and put together a good setup. We made few little mistakes in that session, but pulled out a good lap when it mattered.

“The conditions changed throughout the session. There was a bit of moisture in the air which made it interesting, but maybe that worked in our favour.

“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this season, but hopefully this is a sign that it’s turning around and we can excel in the final three meetings.”

“I’m definitely happy with that qualifying performance,” said York. “It was a tough session and you can see that just by looking at how the close the times are. P2 is a great result.

“I know this circuit pretty well and have done quite a few laps around here so I was pretty confident going into qualifying.

“We weren’t as quick yesterday so we changed some things overnight. They were only small tweaks, but they have definitely helped us take a step forward.”

As had been the case yesterday, Sargeant was able to marry speed with consistency and in doing so recorded the best second-fastest lap of anybody to claim pole for the final race of the weekend which will take place tomorrow.

Starting alongside him for both Round 22 and 24 will be TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons. Meanwhile title rivals Jamie Caroline and Oscar Piastri will start from the third row in what is undoubtedly a tantalising prospect.

Friday pacesetter Alex Quinn had to settle for seventh, unable to match the times he recorded in testing, yet still only 0.222s off the pole.

Patrik Pasma will line up eighth ahead of fastest Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner Hampus Ericsson and Double R’s Karl Massaad.

The first F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the Rockingham weekend follows at 1415.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Rockingham 26 August 2017
Round 22 grid order 
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:18.787
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:18.842
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.862
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:18.882
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:18.970
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:19.004
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.009
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:19.373
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.389
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 1:19.464 etc.

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Sargeant – Simmons – York – Lundqvist – Caroline – Piastri – Quinn – Caldwell – Massaad – Ericsson etc.

Full times

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist eyes top three recovery at Rockingham

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24 AUGUST, 2017 – After a difficult weekend in Scotland last time out, Linus Lundqvist found himself regrettably lose some ground in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost classification. A fortnight later and the disappointment has swung into resolve, with the Double R Racing man heading to Rockingham for round eight of the campaign in retaliation mode – and determined to claw his way back up the standings.
 
“There are still three rounds to go this season, and nine races,” said Lundqvist. “It really is a lot of racing ahead. I will approach this final third of the season as if we were just starting off; pressing the reset button, if you like, with the aim of scoring the most points from now on. I want to “win” this part of the year. It’s very inspiring and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Lundqvist went into the recent round at Knockhill in Scotland holding third overall in the championship, but tumbled to fifth on a weekend when lady luck appeared to be looking entirely in the opposite direction.

With technical gremlins, on-track incidents and pure misfortune conspiring to put the 2016 Scandinavian single-seater champion – a three-time race winner in his rookie F4 season – out of contention, Lundqvist now sits 29.5 points behind third-placed Logan Sargeant (USA) in the standings.

However, with 225 points still up for grabs before the season concludes on October 1, there is still plenty of opportunity to make amends.

“I’ll take it race by race and try to make up as much ground as possible, focusing on the things I can improve,” concluded Lundqvist. “I genuinely think we should be inside the top three in the championship; we deserve that. We have the pace. All I really ask for are three normal, trouble-free rounds to cap off the season. I want us to race on level terms and then we’ll see where everyone ends up. I can’t wait to get back in the car!”

The Rockingham meeting gets underway with two free practice sessions on Friday, followed on Saturday by qualifying and the first of the weekend’s trio of races. Action comes to a close with the final two races on Sunday.

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.

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist suffers difficult Knockhill weekend

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13 AUGUST, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist endured a weekend to forget in round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill, seemingly haunted by tribulation throughout the event.

18-year-old Lundqvist went into the weekend determined to improve on third in the overall standings, but instead lost ground to his most immediate championship rivals as the cold Scottish winds appeared to blow merciless misfortune viciously into the Swede’s path.

“It’s been a very difficult weekend,” admitted Lundqvist. “Basically, everything that could go wrong also did, but I presume that’s racing sometimes. The pace has been good once again, which is positive, but this time around we really got minimum reward for it. Very frustrating, but we’ll fight back.”

The tone of Lundqvist’s weekend was set already in qualifying on Saturday morning, where the Double R Racing man was heavily compromised by two untimely red-flag stoppages that denied him a clear run at the peak of his tyres’ performance window. Despite a far from perfect session, Lundqvist wound up less than three tenths adrift of pole position, leaving him seventh on the 19-car grid for the first of the weekend’s four races.

Once the lights went out in Race 1, Lundqvist initially got off to a strong start, hauling himself into the top five. An off-track excursion saw him tumble down the order, however, and he eventually finished in eighth place.

Things then snowballed from bad to worse for the three-time 2017 race winner, with retirements in both races two and three triggered by separate clashes with Australia’s Oscar Piastri while Lundqvist looked on course for potential podium finishes.

In the concluding Race 4, Lundqvist then finished sixth, right on the tail of championship leader Jamie Caroline.

“I made a mistake and ran off the track in Race 1, so that one’s on me,” conceded Lundqvist. “Apart from that, however, I honestly feel that there was nothing I could have done differently this weekend. It’s incredible how things can just conspire against you like they have done here. It’s been a real jinx, but there’s no point being grumpy about it – we just have to move on.

“There are three rounds and nine races still to go, and while I’ve lost a lot of ground in the championship this weekend, we’re still in contention for the top three. I’m more determined than ever to bounce back from this and put things right. I’m already fully focused on the next race, and I wish it took place tomorrow.”

After the difficult events of Knockhill, Linus Lundqvist now drops from third to fifth in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill standings, although he remains very much in contention for the top three.

Lundqvist and his rivals will be back on track when the series visits Rockingham Motor Speedway for the next round of the season on 26-27 August.

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist heads to Scotland for busiest round of 2017 British F4 season

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10 AUGUST, 2017 – Action in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is set to continue this weekend, as the seventh meeting of the 2017 campaign rolls into attention. For Linus Lundqvist the occasion will mark a new acquaintance in the shape of Scotland’s Knockhill circuit, as the field descends on the Fife venue a short drive from Edinburgh.

“It will be a lot of fun heading to Knockhill this weekend,” said Lundqvist. “I’ve never been there before, but I hear a lot of good things about it and I’ve watched several clips from previous years. There are a couple of blind corners and a pretty spectacular chicane at the top of a crest where I think we might actually even get launched off the ground. It will probably be a rewarding place to push a car to its limits.”

Adding to the importance of the Scotland visit, this weekend will feature four races instead of the regular three, the background being the events of May’s disrupted Oulton Park round.

With a series of factors contributing towards significant delays on that occasion, organisers were left with no option but to cancel the final race of the meeting due to time constraints and reschedule it for later in the season.

The decision was eventually made to run the race as part of the Knockhill round, making the up-coming weekend the most hectic one of the campaign.

The dedicated “Oulton Park race” will be staged on Saturday afternoon (as Race 2 of the weekend), with the grid based on the original qualifying order from that event. It means Linus Lundqvist will start from fifth.

The rest of the weekend will pan out according to the regular structure.

“The more driving, the more fun,” Lundqvist continues. “I think it’s great that we’ll be having a fourth race this weekend, and that the organisers found a solution to keep the scheduled number of races on the calendar. It will be a little more hectic, but fully manageable.

“I’ll be starting from fifth in the “Oulton race”, so let’s see what can be done from there. I’m not sure about the overtaking opportunities on offer at Knockhill, but my overall objective this weekend is obviously to fight for wins and podiums. I’m really excited!”

With four meetings to go, Linus Lundqvist sits third in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings, having scored a set of podiums and a fastest lap last time out at Snetterton two weeks ago.

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

Supplied by team’s PR.

•    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

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist bags double Snetterton podium

Supplied by driver’s PR. 

30 JULY, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist kicked off the second half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign with a pair of podium finishes at Snetterton this weekend.

The Swedish Double R Racing ace powered to third place in both the first and third race of the meeting, completing his score with a P5 result in the reverse-grid Race two.

Lundqvist also set the fastest lap of the final race, and remains third in the overall drivers’ championship with 17 out of the season’s 30 races completed.

“It’s been a decent weekend, neither more nor less,” said Lundqvist. “My target at this stage of the season is to win as many races as possible, but I think a pair of podiums still marks a good way to kick off the second half of the year.”

Lundqvist’s Snetterton weekend was hampered to some degree by a number of technical glitches, complicating matters in two of the three races.

“We probably had a few issues too many to really achieve our full potential this weekend,” Lundqvist concludes. “It was nothing major. I did manage to adapt my driving to compensate for most of it, and we did set the fastest lap in Race three, so I think we could have challenged for victory on a faultless day. Three top five finishes mean a lot of good points for the championship, though, so I’m reasonably pleased.”

The next rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost takes place at Knockhill in Scotland on 12-13 August.