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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist claims victory at British F4 finale

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1 OCTOBER, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist wrapped up his first season of international single-seater racing with one victory and one second-place finish at this weekend’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost finale at Brands Hatch.

After qualifying on the front row of the grid for both the first and third of the weekend’s trio of races, 18-year-old Lundqvist went on to win the opening heat after snatching the lead at the start and surviving two safety car interventions on his way to victory number five of the season.

The Double R Racing Swede then followed up his success with second place in Race 3, putting eventual winner Alex Quinn under pressure in the opening stages before easing off towards the end. Underlining his pace, Lundqvist recorded the fastest lap of both races.

In the partially reversed-grid second race of the meeting, Lundqvist finished eighth after getting tagged by two rival drivers while attempting to make his way back up the field.

Lundqvist was the highest-scoring driver at the finale and ends up fifth overall in the 2017 British F4 standings on 306.5 points, just half a point behind Quinn in fourth.

“I’m really pleased that I managed to cap the season off like this,” said Lundqvist. “My goal this weekend was to win at least one race, and that’s what I did. It would have been fantastic to win the final one as well, but we only had used tyres left and Alex was driving well defensively on the first couple of laps. This was my first time around the Brands Hatch GP layout, and it was so much fun to push the car around here. I’m happy with my performance.”

During his first season of international single-seater racing, Lundqvist has scored five race wins, eleven podium finishes and five pole positions (one more than series champion Jamie Caroline). He has also racked up nine fastest race laps, more than any other driver in the championship, and ends the year as Double R Racing’s top representative in the standings.

”I’ve learned an awful lot this season, and it’s been an incredible experience,” concluded Lundqvist. “I’m grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to challenge myself in this competition. It has confirmed my hopes that I would be able to win races at this level, which is crucial going forwards. I’d like to thank Boyo (team principal), Matt (race engineer), Jack (mechanic) and everybody else at Double R Racing for their support. We’ve had a great year together and I will never forget this season.”

Linus Lundqvist is already working on his 2018 racing plans, with several options set to be evaluated over the next few months.

Caroline crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion as Lundqvist wins

  • Eighth-place finish enough to put Caroline’s points tally out of reach with two races in hand.
  • Carlin win Teams’ Cup for third consecutive year.
  • Lundqvist makes it five wins for the season after superb start.

30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Jamie Caroline secured the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title at Brands Hatch to cap a record-breaking season for the Pirtek Racing-backed Carlin star. An eighth-place finish enough to put him clear of title rival Oscar Piastri in the standings. Meanwhile, at the front of the field Linus Lundqvist took his fifth win of the campaign following a lightning start.

In typical Caroline fashion there was no shortage of drama. Starting fourth on the grid the championship leader found himself in the gravel trap at turn one after a tangle with Alex Quinn. The latter was left stranded while Caroline was able to escape.

The stage was set for a trademark Caroline comeback through the field and the 18-year-old did not disappoint, scything his way from last to eighth by the time the chequered flag fell.

Said the 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion: “It would have been nice to secure the title with another victory but I’m delighted to wrap it up with a few races to space.

“To become the British F4 champion is a good thing to add to my CV, and I’m proud to have taken my second title for Pirtek Racing.

“On top of that I’m proud to have made it a hat-trick of British F4 drivers’ titles for Carlin, as well as play a key role in bringing home a historic third consecutive Teams’ Cup for them.

“Going into this season, my aim was to fight for the title but I didn’t expect to enjoy the level of success I’ve had. To break the points record and to set a new record for wins in a season is fantastic, and hopefully before the weekend is over I can add to that win tally.

“So many people have supported me to get to this point and I have to thank all of my family, Phil Glew, Edge Sporting Management, Carlin, everyone at Pirtek UK and all my other sponsors, as I wouldn’t have been able to take this title without them.”

Despite Caroline and Quinn’s tangle promoting rival Piastri up to fourth, the Aussie was unable to make further inroads on the leading trio: Lundqvist, Sargeant and Simmons. It meant that even if Caroline had finished outside the points, he still would have been crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion because Piastri needed to take at least 18 points out of Caroline’s lead in the opening race of weekend to keep the title fight alive.

Out front, Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist was in complete control after a daring move around the outside of poleman Logan Sargeant into turn one. The Swede handled two Safety Car restarts impeccably, the first following the recovery of Quinn’s car, the second coming as a result of Lucas Alecco Roy beaching his car in the gravel on the exit of Clearways.

“The move at the start was decisive,” explained Lundqvist. “There was no doubt in my mind that I wasn’t going to come out of turn one in the lead.

“Double R have done an amazing job with the car and I feel like I’m extracting the maximum performance from myself.

“It was hard to find a rhythm out front because of the Safety Cars, but I think I handled them well. I kept the temperature in the tyres and brakes, and was able to perfect the restarts.

“I feel like I had the edge over the field in that race. We’ve had a very good car throughout the weekend. We almost put everything together for pole in qualifying and we did it when it mattered in the race.”

Lundqvist was kept honest throughout proceedings however by Sargeant. Although the American ace was unable to convert pole into his third Ford EcoBoost-powered win, his second place coupled with Caroline’s points score was enough to secure Carlin its third consecutive Teams’ Cup title in the series.

Ayrton Simmons completed the podium, avoiding the drama at the start and joined the stalemate at the front which saw the leading trio separated by just over a second at the fall of the chequer.

There was further drama lower down the order as Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours were fought for. Class leader Hampus Ericsson’s race came undone when a move on Karl Massaad for eighth failed to go his way and left him tumbling down the field. It saw Olli Cadlwell become leading Challenge Cup runner which he maintained until the race’s conclusion to secure his fourth win in the Class.

Ericsson was then faced with the prospect of making his way through the order. The Fortec Motorsports racer was halted by Challenge Cup rival Harry Webb (Richardson Racing), who fended the Swede off to take second and crucially the lead in the standings by three points with two races remaining.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 28 Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2017
11 laps / 26.76 miles
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 19m 15.303s / 83.40mph
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +0.653s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +1.582s
4 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +2.368s
5 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +4.449s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +5.134s
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +6.993s
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +8.737s
9 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +9.829s
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +10.240s etc.

Fastest lap: Linus Lundqvist 1m 26.808s / 100.91mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Caldwell; 2 Webb; 3 Ericsson; 4 Allen

Grid for Round 29: Sulaiman – Pasma – York – Piastri – Simmons – Sargeant – Lundqvist – Caroline – Caldwell – Massaad etc.

Full results

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist aims for race-winning performance in British F4 finale

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27 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – After six months, nine championship rounds and 27 exciting races, time has come for Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist to wrap up his maiden season of international single-seater competition. The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost concludes this weekend at the demanding Brands Hatch GP circuit, and Lundqvist is determined to bow out of 2017 in style.

“My goal is to win at least one race this weekend,” said Lundqvist. “It’s a tangible target, and based on the pace we’ve had throughout the year, it’s definitely a realistic ambition as well. I really want to bring this season to a strong close, and I think we’re in a good position to do so.”

After winning the Scandinavian Formula STCC Nordic title in 2016, Lundqvist set out on the greatest adventure so far in his fledgling motorsport career this season, joining Double R Racing for a campaign in British F4 that’s yielded plenty of promise. Four race wins, nine podiums and five pole positions have established the Stockholm-based racer as one of the series’ top names, and seen him add a reputation for entertaining race craft thanks to several memorable overtaking manoeuvres along the way.

With a full seven retirements on his scorecard, however, Lundqvist finds himself perhaps further down the championship order than his pace has actually warranted. The 18-year-old has failed to see the chequered flag on more occasions than any other driver in the overall top eight, with points’ leader Jamie Caroline and runner-up Oscar Piastri, for reference, having retired just two times each so far in 2017.

Third-placed Logan Sargeant has finished all 27 races to date, while Alex Quinn in fourth has been forced to park up prematurely three times.

As for Lundqvist, it all got off to a dreadful start at the season-opening round – staged, like this weekend’s finale, at Brands Hatch. After topping the times in Friday practice, the Swede faced misery over the rest of the event as recurring technical problems forced him out of all three races, leaving him immediately on the back foot.

Further technical glitches ensued at Donington Park and Knockhill, dropping Lundqvist out of title contention. Going into the finale, he instead sits fifth, 20.5 points down on nearest target Quinn with 75 points still up for grabs.

“I think it’s fair to say that this season has been a bit of a roller-coaster,” Lundqvist concludes. “We’ve had the pace, in my honest opinion, to fight for first or second in the standings, but we’ve lost north of 100 points due to outside circumstances. On the positive side, that means I really don’t have anything to lose this weekend, and that I can just take it race by race and have fun! Both the team and I really want to prove our worth one final time this season, and we’re all good to go.”

The 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost finale gets underway with two free practice sessions on Friday, with qualifying and two races then following suit on Saturday. The season comes to its definitive close with the final race of the year on Sunday afternoon.

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.

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist makes up 22 places on battling weekend

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17 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist staged a powerful comeback in the penultimate round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Silverstone, making up a full 22 places to make amends for a lacklustre qualifying outcome.

A four-time winner in British F4 so far during his rookie season, Lundqvist again proved on frontrunning form at Silverstone by topping Friday free practice – taking high hopes into the subsequent qualifying session on Saturday morning.

Once there, however, things did not pan out according to plan for the Double R Racing Swede. Contact with the barriers, coupled with a questionable tyre choice on a drying track, meant Lundqvist wound up an uncharacteristic 15th on the grid for the first of the weekend’s three races – and a lowly 18th for Race 3.

“Qualifying was a complete disaster,” said Lundqvist. “It was looking so well on Friday and the car felt near perfect, and I’m sure we would have had that kind of pace in qualy as well. I damaged the car by hitting the barrier, though, and with the benefit of hindsight I think we probably should have gone out on slicks from the start. It really hurts to know we messed up and lost that opportunity, but I mainly have myself to blame.”

Lundqvist, however, would not give up that easily. Powering back up the field, the 2016 Scandinavian single-seater champion hauled himself from 15th to sixth in the opening race, and then bettered that score further still in Race 3 – going from 18th to fifth in an entertaining display of overtaking prowess.

In total, Lundqvist made up no fewer than 22 positions across the two races, while adding further championship points for ninth in Race 2.

“I’m glad I managed to repair some of the damage of qualifying, and hopefully at least it was a good show,” concluded Lundqvist. “I’ve learned a lot here at Silverstone and I think it’s important to work on your race craft as well, and I certainly did this weekend! Still, I’m disappointed to not even take a podium away from here on a weekend when we really should have won races. We had the pace for it, as demonstrated on Friday. I just have to do a better job next time, grow with this experience and keep it all together.”

Linus Lundqvist remains fifth overall in the F4 British Championship standings, with just one final round to go at Brands Hatch two weeks from now.

Super Sargeant leads Ford EcoBoost-powered Carlin one-two at Silverstone

  • Sargeant wins after daring, race-winning overtake to snatch lead from Caroline.
  • Ericsson doubles up with Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins.

17 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Just three weeks after his maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, Logan Sargeant was at it again. The American led a Carlin one-two finish, with Jamie Caroline in second at Silverstone to put Carlin within touching distance of the Teams’ Cup.

Sargeant had to work hard for his victory. Starting on the inside of the track, the Carlin racer was presented with a track still damp from rain early in the morning, while drivers on the outside benefitted from starting on the dry racing line.

Caroline profited most, spectacularly running around the outside of four cars through turn one to take the lead while Sargeant had to contend with trying to hold on to second as poleman Johnathan Hoggard dropped back to fourth.

Oscar Piastri started on the damp side of the track too and like Sargeant battled brilliantly in the opening stages to prevent himself from falling back through the order. Contact between Lundqvist and Hoggard soon promoted the Aussie to third and in the hunt for the win behind Sargeant and Caroline.

Just under half way through the race Caroline struggled for pace. Sargeant wasted no time in taking advantage of the situation with a sublime late braking move around the outside of his team-mate at Brooklands.

Caroline refused to give up and chased Sargeant for the duration with Piastri looming behind the Carlin pair. The trio were locked in a stalemate in the final laps, none of them able to make a pass and separated by just over a second as they crossed the finish line.

“It was so close out there,” said Sargeant. “I’m really proud of the move I made for the lead. That’s my best overtake of the season.

“It was tough on the inside of the grid at the start on the damp track. It seemed like the drivers on the outside were able to just drive past us.

“I was still able to get back up to second by the third corner which was good and then set about chasing Jamie down. He made a mistake and I capitalised upon it.

“I was pushing as hard as I could out there. I was struggling with the tyres towards the end and I think that was due to pushing perhaps a little too hard when trying to build a gap back to Jamie.

“Carlin have once again put together a great car and I’m so pleased to deliver them this win and the one-two with Jamie.”

“In terms of the championship this second place puts my lead back up to where it was coming into this weekend which is positive, but it could have been more with the win,” added Caroline.

“I benefitted from being on the dry side of the track at the start and that’s what enabled me to run around the outside of everyone to take the lead. It was just a shame I couldn’t bring the win home, but I’m pleased to get this one-two for Carlin with Logan getting the win.”

“The start was pretty difficult as the inside of the track was wet,” explained Piastri. “That made things quite tricky. I pulled off a few moves to get into fifth. Lundqvist and Hoggard came together and that promoted me up to third.

“I caught up with the two at the front, but just didn’t have the life in my tyres to really attack them. We’ve saved our best tyres for this afternoon’s race when I will start from pole so we always knew this race was going to be a bit challenging.

“Nevertheless, to get a podium is a really good outcome. It was shame Jamie finished in front of me, but we’re still in contention for the title.”

Hampus Ericsson continued his fine Silverstone weekend with another Ford F4 Challenge Cup win and just missed out on the overall podium in fourth after climbing up the order from ninth.

Karl Massaad broke into the points and finished eighth, having started outside the top 10. The Lebanese ace was the highest placed Double R runner after Linus Lundqvist endured an eventful race which saw contact with Pasma as he tried to battle back up the order following the coming together with Hoggard.

Pasma did well to remain in contention and hold on to eighth, ahead of Lundqvist and behind Oliver York.

JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman put in an inspired performance and was the race’s biggest improver. Picking his way through the field from 18th on the grid to 10th to take a hard earned and well deserved point.

The Mexican finished ahead of Alex Quinn who recovered well after going off track due to a battle with Oliver York, for which the latter was awarded a five place grid penalty for Round 27.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered Silverstone finale gets underway at 1630 and will be broadcast live on ITV4. Jamie Caroline has the chance to take the title in front millions if he finishes no lower than 10th, ahead of Piastri, and as long as Sargeant does not outscore him by more than five points. Carlin could have even more reason to party if they can extend their advantage in the Teams’ Cup by 31 more points over TRS Arden to be crowned Champions for three years running.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 26 Silverstone, 17 September, 2017
21 laps / 34.44 miles
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 20m 34.971s / 100.42mph
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +0.836s
3 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +1.396s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +5.272s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.848s
6 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +10.624s
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +10.975s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +12.502s
9 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +13.641s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +22.173s etc.

Fastest lap: Ayrton Simmons 57.853s / 102.08mph

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

Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Piastri – Ericsson – Quinn – Caroline – Sargeant – Hoggard – Simmons – Pasma – Massaad – Caldwell etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 394 points; 2 Piastri 319.5; 3 Sargeant 314; 4 Quinn 280; 5 Lundqvist 249.5; 6 York 239.5; 7 Simmons 226.5; 8 Pasma 147.5; 9 Massaad 74; 10 Webb 68 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 300.5; 4 Caldwell 209; 5 Allen 156; 6 Monger 100

Full results

Lundqvist and Piastri share the British F4 testing spoils at Silverstone

  • Lundqvist posts quickest time of the day in dry morning session.
  • Piastri tops wet afternoon running.
  • Top 12 drivers covered by half a second.

15 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist set the pace in testing at Silverstone ahead of the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend.

Lundqvist was the only driver to break the 57 second barrier in the morning session with a lap of 56.975s; a time that would remain unbeaten with rain prior to the afternoon session seeing drivers take to the track on wet tyres for the duration.

In a frenetic opening 40 minutes which saw drivers jostle for top spot, Lundqvist just edged out TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri and Alex Quinn. The top three drivers covered by a mere 0.180s.

The trio led the way in the afternoon too, but in slippery conditions it was Piastri who proved quickest with a 1m 04.752s lap, ahead of Lundqvist and Quinn.

“It was a lot of fun out there today and my first time driving around Silverstone in the wet,” said Lundqvist.

“It was a very good Friday for us. We weren’t quite where we wanted to be in testing last week, but we came here confident that we could improve and we’ve done that.

“We have a good base setup for the wet so those conditions didn’t faze us and we were immediately on the pace.

“I’m fifth in the championship right now so I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I think the pressure is on the other guys really. I’m just going out there to win.

“I feel very comfortable in the car and that’s key. It means you can be relaxed and focus on pushing the limit.

“If you are comfortable in the car and it’s behaving predictably you can focus on taking the best lines and performing at your optimum. This gives you that extra bit of confidence and that can help you to find that extra tenth which is even more important around a relatively short lap like this.”

Added Piastri: “It’s been a really good start to the weekend and great to build on our performance in testing last week when we were P2.

“In the morning Linus was obviously very quick, but we know where we can improve in the dry and in the wet Alex was very strong the whole time. I managed to do a fast lap before the end and that put me P1.

“In the wet there is a lot more variation in terms of lines you can take. It’s a lot more about feeling the car and finding the limit.

“I don’t mind what the weather brings based on the pace we have shown today in both conditions. Hopefully we can build on today and bring home some excellent results.”

Ayrton Simmons underlined TRS Arden’s strength around the Northamptonshire circuit to go fourth quickest in the morning.

Fortec Motorsports were another team to have a solid day’s running, particularly excelling in the dry conditions with all three of their drivers comfortably inside the top 10 and within four tenths of Lundqvist’s time. Fifth, sixth and seventh going the way of Oliver York, Hampus Ericsson and Johnathan Hoggard respectively.

Behind the Fortec Motorsports runners came Carlin’s title contenders Jamie Caroline and Logan Sargeant; the latter faring well in the damp conditions to be sixth quickest in the afternoon. Team-mate Patrik Pasma is another who enjoyed the wet running going fourth quickest.

Meanwhile, JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman bounced back brilliantly from no running in the morning to go eighth quickest by the time the chequered flag fell on the day.

Sam Smelt put in a time good enough for the top 10; his Friday running suggesting he is more than capable of continuing both his and GW Motorsport’s point-scoring form.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost qualifying gets underway at 1055 tomorrow, with the lights due to go out for Round 25 of the championship at 1600. Two further races follow on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 from 1630.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Leading testing times Silverstone 15 September 2017 (AM/PM)
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 56.975 / 1:04.864
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 57.104 / 1:04.752
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.155 / 1:04.908
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 57.259 / 1:05.083
5 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 57.291 / 1:05.315
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 57.294 / 1:06.891
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 57.328 / 1:05.613
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 57.332 / 1:05.804
9 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 57.383 / 1:05.136
10 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW 57.406 / 1:05.946 etc.

Full times

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist braced for close racing at Silverstone

Supplied by driver’s PR.

14 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Out of Britain’s range of tradition-steeped motorsport venues, there is one more dressed in historic significance than any other: Silverstone. The home of Formula 1’s first-ever world championship race in 1950, the Northamptonshire circuit will help shape new chapters of a much younger story this weekend, playing host to the penultimate round of the F4 British Championship – and Linus Lundqvist arrives with wind in his sails.

The Double R Racing Swede stormed to a lights-to-flag victory last time out at Rockingham, winning the first race of that meeting from pole position and underlining his pace with the fastest lap of the event.

Powering on to Silverstone, Lundqvist is determined to maintain that kind of momentum.

“We had great pace last time out at Rockingham, and I hope we can build on that this weekend,” said Lundqvist. “There was an official day of testing at Silverstone last week and that proved really close, so I’m sure it will be competitive. I’m going all out to try and win more races and end this season on a high.”

Staging this weekend’s battles is Silverstone’s 2.6 km National circuit, which utilises parts of the full-length Grand Prix track made famous by the stars of Formula 1 in the annual British Grand Prix. The F4 field will use the national pits and paddock, commencing their sub-60-second lap with the ultra-fast Copse Corner.

As always in British F4, the weekend gets underway with two free practice sessions on Friday, followed on Saturday by qualifying and the first of the weekend’s trio of races. The remaining two heats then take place on Sunday.

Linus Lundqvist currently sits fifth in the overall standings, bidding to improve on that position over the concluding two rounds of the championship.