22 / 23 May
2018 BRDC British F3 champion Linus Lundqvist is the early Indy Lights championship leader, following an excellent performance on his debut weekend at the Barber Motorsports Park.
The Swede took a pole position, a victory and a second place to take the championship lead after the first two races of the year in Indycar’s top support tier.
Fellow British F3 alumni Benjamin Pedersen and Toby Sowery also had strong weekends, with Pedersen finishing second to Lundqvist in the first race and backing that up with seventh in the second. Sowery claimed a brace of fourth place finishes, which included the fastest lap in race one.
Lundqvist had topped free practice and then smashed the previous Indy Lights qualifying lap record by almost a second. He converted pole position to a dominant victory, over five seconds ahead of Pedersen.
In race two, the Swedish driver followed teammate David Malukas across the line, with the pair finishing half a minute clear of their nearest opposition.
Lundqvist holds a 13 point championship lead over Devlin DeFrancesco.
“It's incredible to win on my debut in Indy Lights; it really is a dream start,” said Lundqvist. "It was a perfect race but it had its challenges, like my first rolling start since karting, so I'm thrilled to have delivered this victory to kick off the season.
“I can't be anything other than pleased with this weekend. Big thanks to the team who have helped me get up to speed so swiftly. We clearly have the pace and it's such an inspiration for everyone. To come away from here leading the championship is a nice bonus, but it's a little early to be thinking about that at this stage."
The Indy Lights season continues next weekend on the streets of St.Petersburg.
Also at Barber, one time BRDC F4 contender Alex Palou claimed his maiden Indycar victory. The Spaniard made a single appearance in the series in 2014 at Silverstone with Sean Walkinshaw Racing. Palou steered clear of early carnage and finished under half a second clear of Will Power.
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