Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist launched into the lead of the BRDC British F3 Championship with a treble podium at Rockingham, including a hard fought victory in the final race of the weekend.
Holding an 11 point lead in the standings after the first six races of the year, the Swede admits that the Rockingham event is already a career highlight for the 19-year-old.
“What a fantastic weekend,” he commented. “Finishing on the podium in all three races, winning the final one, and taking the championship lead, I really couldn’t have asked for more. One of the best weekends of my career so far.”
Lundqvist qualified just 0.015s away from pole in the ultra-tight qualifying session on Saturday, and converted that to second place in the race. In the reverse grid race two he sliced through from 10th on the grid to third, before he delivered a strong defensive drive in race three after making an excellent start to take the lead from third on the grid.
He fended off title rival Nicolai Kjaergaard for the duration of the race, with the pair separated by fractions throughout. Kjaergaard came close to pulling off a move, but the Swede put his brightly liveried car in all the right places to claim his second victory of the year.
“I’m actually very proud about fending off Nicolai in race three. Rockingham is the widest track on the calendar and it was not an easy task. We were similar on pace and he was being quite aggressive, so I knew I couldn’t afford to make any big mistakes. It was big pressure, and that makes it all the sweeter to have withstood it.
“I really want to thank everyone at Double R Racing for giving me a great car this weekend. We’ve had the pace in both the wet and dry, and that’s very promising for the rest of the season. We should be happy about this and enjoy the moment, but we certainly can’t be complacent and need to keep working hard.”
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27 May 2018 - What they said: Snetterton race two
27 May 2018 - Race two starts at 10.15 – Maldonado on pole