Linus Lundqvist claimed the 2018 BRDC British F3 Championship after a hugely impressive season that saw the Swede claim seven wins from the 24 races during the season. But here are some more statistics which are worthy of recognition.
Number of different race winners: 10
Lundqvist may have led the way with seven wins in 2018, but a total of 10 different winners from five teams throughout the grid shows just how competitive this year’s line-up was. Lundqvist’s title challenger Nicolai Kjaergaard claimed five wins on the way to second place in the championship, while there were double wins for Manuel Maldonado, Tom Gamble and Jamie Caroline. Kush Maini, Pavan Ravishankar, Jamie Chadwick, Sun Yue Yang and Josh Mason were the other race winners.
Win from furthest back on the grid: Jamie Caroline, Spa-Francorchamps race two, eighth on the grid
Spa was Caroline’s first British F3 race weekend of the season, but he showed just what he was capable of with a stunning drive from eighth on the grid to take victory at the daunting Belgian circuit. Caroline gained six places on the opening lap, including a brave move around the outside of fellow debutant Ayrton Simmons at Blanchimont, and then made a late braking move on Tristan Charpentier at La Source on lap five, before streaking into the distance.
Smallest qualifying margin: 0.015s, Tom Gamble to Linus Lundqvist, Rockingham
There were several extraordinary qualifying sessions in 2018, with positions decided by the tiniest margins. The battle for pole was always hard fought, with the closest margin being just 0.015s between Tom Gamble and Linus Lundqvist at Rockingham, in a session where the top-four were separated by just 0.138s. Another amazing session was at Spa, where just 0.080s decided pole position, again with Gamble fending off Lundqvist, with the top-five covered by just 0.142s around the longest circuit of the year! On average, pole position in qualifying in 2018 was secured by just 0.140s!
Smallest winning margin: 0.260s, Linus Lundqvist to Nicolai Kjaergaard, Rockingham race three
There were 13 races decided by less than a second in 2018, but the tightest win of the year came in race three of the weekend at Rockingham, as Lundqvist defeated Kjaergaard by just over a quarter of a second. The Swede had started third but a strong start propelled him into the lead, but was then forced to fight off Kjaergaard for almost the entire race, with the Danish driver coming close to passing on several occasions. Lundqvist’s win was secured by just 0.260s, with Maini less than four tenths further back in third. In a very close year of racing, there were winning margins of less than a second at every circuit visited in 2018, with Oulton Park at the start of the year seeing all three races decided by less than a second. On the other hand, the largest winning margin of the season was Kush Maini’s triumph at Rockingham, with a comparatively huge margin of 4.910 seconds.
Most fastest laps: Tom Gamble, 7
The Fortec youngster’s blistering pace was one of the reasons behind his McLaren Autosport BRDC Award triumph, and evident in British F3 courtesy of seven fastest race laps this season. His tally was two clear of Kjaergaard who had five fastest laps, while Lundqvist set fastest lap in a total of four races. Kush Maini and Billy Monger both had three, while Jamie Caroline set one fastest race lap.
Most pole positions: Linus Lundqvist, 4
A total of 15 drivers started races from pole position in 2018, with Lundqvist’s four poles being enough to put him top of this statistic too. He claimed two in qualifying and two by setting race fastest laps, and won the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup in the process. He earned a total of £600 for his four poles, and of course the end of year £1,000 prize. Gamble and Kjaergaard were close though, with both taking three poles throughout the season.
Most laps led: Linus Lundqvist, 70
Having won the most amount of races, it is no surprise to find that Lundqvist also led the most amount of laps, with 70 spent at the head of the field. As ever, his nearest challenger was Kjaergaard, who led 59 laps throughout the season, while McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Tom Gamble was at the front for a total of 23 laps. Jamie Caroline competed in just nine races this season, but showed his class with the fourth most laps led (19) ahead of Manuel Maldonado (17) and Kush Maini (14).
Most podium finishes: Linus Lundqvist, 13
Lundqvist stood on the podium a total of 13 times in 2018, with that sort of consistency being key to his title. A total of 18 drivers took home silverware throughout the year, with Kjaergaard again next up with 10 rostrum finishes, while Maini’s eight podiums was key in his claiming of third place in the championship. Gamble was next up with seven, Krishnaraaj Mahadik had five, while Caroline and team mate Billy Monger were four time podium finishers. Manuel Maldonado claimed two podiums, both of them in the form of race wins, while fellow double podium finishers included Jordan Cane, Tristan Charpentier, Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Jamie Chadwick, Pavan Ravishankar and Sun Yue Yang. Hampus Ericsson, Josh Mason, Ben Hurst and Arvin Esmaeili all claimed a single podium each, with Ericsson’s coming on his debut weekend at Donington.
Most points earned through positions gained in race two: Linus Lundqvist, 50
The BRDC British F3 Championship introduced a new format for race two of each weekend this year that saw a complete grid reversal of finishers from race one, and points earned for positions gained from starting positions. The main beneficiary of this was Lundqvist, with 50 of his points coming through positions gained in the second race of each weekend throughout the season. Kjaergaard earned 43 points through positions gained, while Mahadik earned 37.
Total race mileage completed by BRDC British F3 cars in 2018: 11,493.55 miles
The Tatuus-Cosworth BRDC British F3 car is renowned as an extremely reliable, proven and high quality car, and the total race mileage completed by the cars this year was an incredible 11,493.55 miles, the equivalent of driving from Brands Hatch in Kent to Hamilton in New Zealand!
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