At the halfway stage of the 2018 BRDC British F3 Championship, Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist not only leads the championship standings, but is also the table topper in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge.
The Sunoco Whelen Challenge is a season long competition which pitches racers from selected Sunoco-fuelled championships in Europe against one another for a spectacular prize drive at the world famous Daytona 24 Hours in January 2019.
For the first time, BRDC British F3 Championship drivers are eligible for the competition this year, which has a prize package worth $250,000. The package includes a drive with the front-running Action Express team at the wheel of a Whelen-backed Daytona protoype car, as well as covering flights, hotels and pre-event testing.
Challenge points are awarded for top-10 race finishes and for the top-two fastest laps in each qualifying session, with scores then averaged from each weekend.
Thanks to his four race wins and strong qualifying performances that have seen him qualify inside the top-two for each British F3 event so far, Lundqvist currently holds a near 10 point lead in the challenge leader board, the largest margin between any driver in the competition, with 68 drivers registered.
Two other British F3 drivers are inside the top-10 for the challenge, with Nicolai Kjaergaard sitting in fourth place, and Kush Maini in seventh.
Should Lundqvist keep up his performances from the first half of the season, the Swede will have every chance of securing the prize, though there’s still plenty of time for Kjaergaard and Maini to catch him up, starting at Spa Francorchamps next month!
To view the full Sunoco Whelen Challenge leaderboard, click here.
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