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Linus Lundqvist claims BRDC British F3 championship with Silverstone win

by Tim Lumb

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Linus Lundqvist claimed the BRDC British Formula 3 championship by winning the opening race of the weekend at Silverstone while rival Nicolai Kjaergaard failed to finish the first lap.

Taking pole position earlier in the day in very wet conditions, Lundqvist led off the line and had a 1.393-second lead by the end of the lap.

Kjaergaard, who started fourth alongside Tom Gamble and behind Carlin team-mate Billy Monger, was the only other driver who could win the British F3 championship heading into the final weekend of the season after Lundqvist had a difficult round at Donington.

While he needed an eighth-place finish or higher to keep the title fight alive if Lundqvist won the race, he didn’t finish the first lap of the race and had to retire.

Lundqvist consistently increased his lead over the first few laps ahead of Gamble, with the Fortec Motorsports driver getting ahead of Monger at the start. The Swede was able to keep the gap to at least three seconds until the chequered flag.

Behind the pair, Manuel Maldonado had been able to move up from sixth at the start to third at the end of the first lap, getting ahead of Monger and benefiting from Kjaergaard retiring and Clement Novalak falling down the field.

However?on lap two of 10 he lost position to Monger, who took the final podium position at the end of the race. Maldonado had started to catch up again over the final three laps, finishing just over half a second behind.

Ayrton Simmons finished his race in fifth and ahead of Mahadik and Jusuf Owega in sixth and seventh respectively.

Hampus Ericsson was able to hold off a train of cars behind him to take eighth position in his second weekend competing in British F3.

Behind him, Jamie Chadwick and Sasakorn Chaimongkol rounded off the top 10.


Race results (10 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Linus Lundqvist Double R Racing 19m56.226s
2 Tom Gamble Fortec Motorsports +3.097s
3 Billy Monger Carlin +6.200s
4 Manuel Maldonado Fortec Motorsports +6.793s
5 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing +9.305s
6 Krishnaraaj Mahadik Double R Racing +13.021s
7 Jusuf Owega Hillspeed +13.257s
8 Hampus Ericsson Fortec Motorsports +16.928s
9 Jamie Chadwick Douglas Motorsport +17.878s
10 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed +18.700s
11 Kush Maini Lanan Racing +18.956s
12 Sun Yue Yang Carlin +19.289s
13 Clement Novalak Carlin +22.510s
14 Arvin Esmaeili Douglas Motorsport +28.730s
15 Ben Hurst Hillspeed +35.592s
16 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing +36.436s
Ret Pavan Ravishankar Double R Racing
Ret Nicolai Kjaergaard Carlin
Pole: Lundqvist, 2m13.240s? ? ? Fastest lap: Lundqvist, 1m58.879s

Championship Standings
1?Lundqvist 531? ?2 Kjaergaard 446? ?3 Maini 356? ?4 Mahadik 353? ?5?Gamble 345? ?6?Monger 299? ?7?Maldonado 289? ?8 Chadwick 252? ?9?Chaimongkol 233? ?10?Yang 229