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: 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.

Fantastic five for Caroline in British F4 at Thruxton

  • Championship leader Caroline bounces back in Thruxton thriller to snatch victory.
  • TRS Arden’s Quinn returns to the podium.
  • Double R’s Massaad records maiden podium and Lundqvist breaks lap record.

6 MAY, 2017 – Jamie Caroline put in yet another inspired performance at Thruxton Circuit in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to take his victory tally to five for the season.

The Carlin racer had things far from his own way though. A good start from third on the grid failed to pay dividends due to an off-track excursion, only to see him bounce back.

Having fallen to seventh, Caroline was already up to fourth heading into Club towards the end of the fourth lap. The Pirtek Racing-backed star got in on the high-speed, slipstreaming action which has become a hallmark of Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 races around the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit.

Caroline then dispatched poleman Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports), Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin) in one fell swoop on the very same lap. As the three drivers squabbled through Club, Caroline pounced with a better exit from the chicane, boldly running around the outside of the trio and into the lead of the race by the time he crossed the line to commence lap four.

Caroline immediately set about breaking the tow to the cars behind, building a gap of over two seconds which he carefully protected on his way to the chequered flag.

“Trevor [Carlin] said to me on the grid that it’s a long race and it will be the sort of race where you can drop to about eighth and still win, but that wasn’t actually what I wanted to do,” said Caroline.

“My reaction to the lights going out at the start wasn’t so good, but my launch was mega and I got a better run than Quinn and York. I managed to get past Quinn through turn one. He came back at me though and I then tried to go around York, but I had to take to the grass which put me down the field.

“My move to take the lead was mega. I tried to get a better exit on the guys in front of me. It was so close and I nearly made contact with Sargeant. That forced me to swerve out the way and I decided to try to go around the outside of all three drivers ahead of me. Thankfully it worked!

“At Thruxton it’s all about breaking the tow to get clear. If you can do that it becomes much easier. I knew I had to push so hard once I was in front. I built the gap and then concentrated on maintaining it until the end.

“I enjoyed the race a lot. This win means a lot to me and I want to dedicate it to Billy Monger.”

Quinn made a welcome return to the podium, at one point dropping to fourth as others benefited from the slipstreaming effect. The Cornish racer kept his cool and turned the tables to make his way back up to second and pull clear of the field.

“I got a bit of luck, but I think I drove a good race,” said Quinn. “At the very beginning when I was at the front it was hard to keep people behind because of the slipstream, but when I was further back down the order I could use the slipstream to get past.

“I think second is the best we could have done in that race. Jamie managed to break the tow to get clear, but I was gradually closing him down in the final laps which was positive.

“From about half race distance I managed to get away from the pack and could get a better feel for the car in clear air which was good.”

“We start from fifth in the reverse grid race which is a good place to be with the tow being such a key factor here.”

Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad claimed the final podium spot, his first in British F4 after an excellent drive from eighth on the grid. The Lebanese driver rapidly making his way up to fourth by the end of the fourth lap and then squeezing past York on lap on six.

“It feels great to get my first British F4 podium and prove I have the pace to be up there,” commented Massaad. “This result gives me a lot of confidence and I’m looking forward to showing more of what I’m capable of in the next races when I hope to do even better.

“This track creates so many passing opportunities with all the slipstreaming. During the first six laps there were so many position changes.

“I had a good start and then took advantage of the tow where possible while staying out of trouble. Once I got into third I was able to keep up a good pace to get clear of the rest of the pack.”

Massaad’s team-mate Linus Lundqvist staged an impressive fight back following a spin early in the race due to contact at Club. It left the Swedish single-seater champion down in eleventh. However, he climbed his way up to fifth by the time the chequered flag fell, setting a new lap record of 1m 13.756s on lap eight with a staggering average speed of 114.99mph.

Lundqvist almost stole fourth from York who won the drag race to line. It saw five drivers, including Sargeant, Piastri and Simmons covered by just over half a second; Sargeant having pulled off a beautiful overtake on Piastri at the final chicane in the latter half of the race.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) finished in the points for the third time this season on the back of his best qualifying result in ninth, while Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb picked up the final point having started 13th.

Elsewhere, Lucas Alecco Roy’s race came to an end on the first lap following contact with Daniel Cao at Club, the latter narrowly missing out on the points paying positions ahead of Jacky Liu and Patrik Pasma.

Fans are in store for a blockbuster Sunday of Ford EcoBoost-powered action with two more British F4 races, both of which will be shown live on ITV4. The lights go out for round eight of the season at 1252, with the final race of the weekend scheduled for 1625.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 7 Thruxton 6 May 2017
16 laps / 37.69 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 20m 02.312s / 112.87mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +2.085s
3 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +4.730s
4 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +9.482s
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +9.678s
6 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +9.886s
7 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +9.935s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +10.183s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +11.415s
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +16.907s etc.

Fastest lap: Lundqvist 1m 13.756s / 114.99mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 York; 2 Webb

Grid for round 8: Sargeant – Lundqvist – York – Massaad – Quinn – Caroline – Piastri – Simmons – Sharp – Webb

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 135 points; 2 Piastri 76; 3 Pasma 63; 4 York 59.5; 5 Quinn 58; 6 Simmons 53.5; 7 Sargeant 47; 8 Monger 44; 9 Lundqvist 40.5; 10 Webb 26 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 York 134.5 points; 2 Webb 105; 3 Monger 100; 4 Ericsson 34.5

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TRS Arden and Alex Quinn set the pace in British F4 test

  • Quinn makes the most of opportunity to test with TRS Arden by going fastest at Brands Hatch.
  • Double R Racing continues to impress with Massaad and Lundqvist.

8 MARCH, 2017 – 2016 British F4 Rookie Class Champion Alex Quinn set the pace with TRS Arden on the fourth day of official pre-season testing for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Brands Hatch Indy.

His best time of 46.753s coming late in the afternoon when conditions were at their best following a morning full of wet weather running.

Said TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “It’s great to see that a good driver can get behind the wheel of one of our cars and go so well from the outset. It’s a huge a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the team.”

Quinn was the only driver to break into the 46s bracket, three tenths clear of Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad who put in his best performance of pre-season testing.

The Lebanese kart champion’s strong showing for the Woking outfit was backed up by team-mate Linus Lundqvist, who was quickest in the rain hit first session and ended the test third overall with a time of 47.146s.

Patrik Pasma proved to be quickest of the Carlin runners, recording a time of 47.149s which was good enough for fourth. Donington Park test pacesetter Jamie Caroline wound up sixth fastest having shone in the wet earlier in the day and Lucas Alecco Roy ended up 14th.

TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri was less than half a second adrift of Quinn’s time, with Ayrton Simmons only fractionally slower than Piastri.

Johnathan Hoggard’s best time earned him eighth for Fortec Motorsports and the team’s first confirmed British F4 driver for 2017, Oliver York, ended the test 13th.

Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) achieved their best placings of pre-season testing so far, showcasing excellent pace in the dry.

Daniel Cao (Double R Racing) was less than one and half seconds off the frontrunners, while Ford F4 Challenge Cup entrants Olli Caldwell (TRS Arden) and Manuel Sulaimán (JHR Developments) recorded times good enough for 12th and 15th respectively.

The penultimate official pre-season test is set to take place at Snetterton on 15 March, as drivers and teams continue their efforts to extract the best performance from their Ford EcoBoost-powered racers ahead of the inaugural rounds of the season at Brands Hatch on 1/2 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Brands Hatch Indy 8 March 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 54.359s / 46.735s
2 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 54.607s / 47.069s
3 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 53.964s / 47.146s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 54.872s / 47.149s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 54.425s / 47.186s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 54.131s / 47.200s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 54.169s / 47.298s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 54.552s / 47.338s
9 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 56.280s / 47.909s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 55.636s / 47.982s
11 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 54.410s / 48.148s
12 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 54.384s / 48.307s
13 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 54.569s / 48.342s
14 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 55.145s / 48.711s
15 Manuel SULAIMÁN / MEX / JHR 56.329 / 49.133s

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Lebanese kart champion Massaad confirmed as second signing for Double R Racing’s British F4 squad

Supplied by team’s PR.

  • Car rookie Karl Massaad signs for Double R in F4 British Championship.
  • Karting champion joins Linus Lundqvist at multiple race-winning team.
  • Massaad makes history as first Lebanese driver to compete in British F4.

16 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Lebanese karting champion Karl Massaad is officially confirmed as the second driver signing of 2017 for Double R Racing’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford squad, with just over six weeks to go until the start of the new season.

The 18-year-old from Beirut, who was born in Los Angeles in the USA and is now based in London where he is studying at the Hult International Business School, becomes the first Lebanese national to compete in the UK’s FIA sanctioned Formula 4 category. He arrives in the championship as a genuine car racing rookie with only a few days of testing under his belt thus far.

Regardless of his lack of experience in single-seaters, Massaad has performed well up to now at the wheel of Double R’s Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 car. In officially timed pre-season testing at Oulton Park earlier this month, in changeable conditions, he lapped inside the top 10 and within 0.4 seconds of more experienced new team-mate Linus Lundqvist.

“Karl is a mature and smart driver and certainly has the potential to go a long way in single-seater racing from what we have seen so far”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “He’s only had a very limited amount of time in the car up to now but has made significant progress.

“He’s a great young talent to work with and actually reminds me very much of a young Carlos Heurtas [former Formula BMW and British Formula 3 racer with Double R]. We’re sure Karl is going to be a driver to watch as the season unfolds. We’ve got high hopes for him.”

Massaad, whose career is guided by Middle East Motorsports Management, started out karting in Lebanon in 2011 before progressing up through the X30 Super Shifter ranks on the European and World Championship stage.

He arrives in the F4 British Championship off the back of his most successful karting season by far last year, having become 2016 Lebanese X30 Super Shifter Champion with a remarkable 100 per cent tally of race wins. Massaad also received the FIA Young Driver International Seminar award, finished third in the X30 Super Shifter European Championship and fifth in the World Championship.

Looking ahead to his maiden season in British F4, Massaad said: “Being my first year in cars, I want to get up to speed as quickly as possible and hopefully push for the top five in the championship. That would be amazing.

“For sure, I want to try to take two or three podiums and then my aim is to try to move into F3 the year after. I’ve only had six days of testing so far, but it’s gone well and I’m quite confident for the season. It’s amazing to be working with a team like Double R in my first season in cars.”

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will host the opening three races of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season over the weekend 1/2 April. The UK’s most competitive single-seater series stars on the live-televised TOCA package alongside the BTCC.