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.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull refocuses on British F4 title race after F3 thriller

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13 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – James Pull took the step from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford up to F3 in his stride last weekend (10-11 September).

The 16-year-old Carlin driver looked at home during his first taste of F3 racing in the season finale at Donington. His time spent racing in British F4 clearly having prepared him well for the next stage on the motorsport ladder.

The ADD Motorsport backed racer finished 11th in the first two races, staging a remarkable come-back from last place in one after being spun off the track.

He then topped off the weekend with a brilliant eighth place finish.

But while he made the most of the experience, Pull returns to the F4 British Championship where he will be fighting for the title at Silverstone this weekend.

Said Pull:  “I really enjoyed the step up this weekend and got some good experience in an F3 car.

“I felt like I learnt a lot in a short space of time and adapted well.

“This was just one weekend and I was racing alongside the leaders in the final race, so I’m confident I can make the step up.

“Now it’s back to the title race. I know what I need to do – I need to keep calm and the results will come.”

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, spent much of the practice sessions getting used to the new car.

Despite not having driven in the wet in an F3 car, he managed to pull out some fast times in qualifying in those conditions. He finished ninth, but may have finished even higher had a red flag not come out on what was looking like his fastest lap.

The first race got off to the worst possible start when he was hit from behind on the first lap – causing him to spin off the track.

He managed to pull himself back into the race before being hit again.

But the determined racer finished brilliantly, closing the gap after a safety car and then overtaking well to get back into the race and end up 11th.

Pull started the second race in 11th and finished in the same position. Despite further contact from other drivers that lost him valuable time, he remained composed to the end.

Things really started to click for Pull by the final race of the weekend. Starting ninth, he got off to a brilliant start to get up to seventh early on and battle alongside the Championship leaders.

But after dropping a place he was happy to finish eighth at the end.

Now the teen turns his attention to the F4 British Championship title race once again, this weekend.

He currently lies in fourth place in the standings with six races to go, in what promises to be an exciting final couple of rounds.

Pull added: “It took me a while to get used to driving a new car, but by the third race I was holding my own against guys who had been competing at that level all season.

“It was great experience and has hopefully opened up some options for next year.

“But this season is all I’m thinking about now and I’m confident I can still win the title.

“I’m working really hard off the track to give myself the best chance of taking some wins, so hopefully it will all pay off.”

British F4 racer James Pull to make step up to F3

22 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull is to make the step up to F3 in it’s final round of the season at Donington Park with Carlin and will replace last season’s FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain Lando Norris who cannot attend the event. The 16-year-old’s move to the next stage up the single-seater ladder another shining example of how the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is the ideal starting point in single-seaters; testament to British F4’s ability to prepare and propel drivers up the motorsport ladder.

In 2016 Pull has been one to watch with Carlin in the F4 British Championship and currently sits joint fourth overall in the standings with nine races still to come this season. His speed and consistency has been further underlined by an impressive tally of six podium finishes and two fastest laps over the course of what has been a competitive year in the F4 British Championship. He lies just 22 points adrift of top spot and is firmly in contention to become the FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

Said Pull ahead of his first taste of Formula 3 machinery: “It’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready for it. I have done some testing in an F3 car and my times have been good so I’m excited to be getting this opportunity. The race is at Donington which is my favourite track so that’s an added bonus for me. If I can get a couple of good results I’ll show my potential for next season.”

Said Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are delighted to welcome James [Pull] to the British Formula Three team in place of Lando [Norris] who cannot be with us. We’ve watched James develop and drive well over the course of the season in the British Formula 4 car and we’re pleased to give him the opportunity to race with us at Donington in the British Formula 3 car.”

Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports added: “It’s a great opportunity for James to sample F3, as it’s certainly one of his options for next year. He’s had a brilliant season, finishing consistently on the podiums and he is in with a real shout of the title. We think he’s ready for the step-up and confident he will hit the ground running.”

Eyes on the prize ahead of Ford MSA Formula season

  • Phenomenal array of prizes on offer to both drivers and team members throughout 2016.

31 March, 2016 – With less than 48 hours until the inaugural round of the 2016 Ford British F4 season, drivers and team members up and down the paddock have already got their eyes on the plethora of prizes in store for top performers.

For 2016 the Ford EcoBoost-powered series once again boasts an incredibly desirable array of awards. All of which are fitting for a series which has become renowned for being one of the hardest FIA Formula 4 championships to win.

Furthermore, the prizes reflect Ford’s continued commitment to support young drivers and engineers; enabling the next generation of racers to advance to the highest echelons of motorsport.

£30,000 Prize Fund – An unrivalled cash prize in UK motorsport from Ford Motor Company. Each weekend the winner of races two and three will to receive a cheque for £1,000. A further £1,000 will be up for grabs in race one, divided equally between the Scholarship Class winner and the driver who gains the most places between their starting and finishing position.

FIA British Formula 4 Champion – The 2016 title winner will be crowned ‘FIA British Formula 4 Champion’ and invited to one of the year’s most anticipated events within the motorsport community, the FIA Prize-Giving ceremony. The event will be hosted in Vienna on 2 December and will see champions from every major branch of international motorsport gather together to receive their official FIA awards. This year’s champion will also be invited to the 2016 MSA Night of Champions at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall.

FIA Super Licence Points – Awarded to the top seven drivers to enable their progression up the motorsport ladder; helping them fulfil their ambitions of acquiring a Super Licence to compete in Formula 1. In 2016 12 points will be awarded to the Ford British F4 Champion; two more than any National Formula 3 Championship.

FIA Formula 3 Test – A fully funded test with a leading FIA Euro F3 team courtesy of series partner and tyre supplier Hankook.

Henry Ford Trophy – Those who compete in Ford British F4 can use the series as a perfect platform from which to demonstrate extraordinary human endeavour in the field of motorsport and therefore put themselves in contention for the Henry Ford Trophy.

€1,000 Pole Position Prize – Awarded by Mygale to the team which runs the car that qualifies on pole at each round of the championship. The team will receive a €1,000 credit to be used for the acquisition of parts.

Snap-on Business Solutions Prizes – A £300 Snap-on Tools voucher will be given to the championship’s top technician at each round of the series. In addition, the top technician of the year will receive a uniquely customised Snap-on Business Solutions toolbox and tools, worth in excess of £3,000.