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Linus Lundqvist wins Rockingham British F4 opener from pole

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Linus Lundqvist continued his record of winning at every track he has taken pole at in British Formula 4 with his fourth win of the season at Rockingham.

Lundqvist topped qualifying by a narrow 0.055 second margin to Oliver York, and maintained that pace advantage in the race.

Behind the pair was championship leader Jamie Caroline, who leapt up from fifth at the start and spent the duration of the race defending from Carlin team-mate Logan Sargeant who was running a new set of tyres.

Arden?s Ayrton Simmons and Alex Quinn finished fifth and sixth, with Patrik Pasma finishing a distant seventh after a still yet to be discovered gremlin on the final lap.

Oscar Piastri, who has so far been Caroline?s closest rival in the championship, snapped his front wing on Sargeant?s rear wheel during a first lap tussle with Simmons, dropping from sixth to eighth.

He then remarkably held on to that position for several laps while lacking a significant amount of downforce compared to his rivals.

Eventually he let go of the position and was then handed a black and orange flag directing him to pit to repair the damage. The time lost meant it was not worth returning to the track and Piastri retired with no points and a 60.5 point deficit in the championship.

Race 1 results (15 laps)

1 Linus Lundqvist Double R 20m05.929s
2 Oliver York Fortec +1.895s
3 Jamie Caroline Carlin +5.329s
4 Logan Sargeant Carlin +5.672s
5 Ayrton Simmons Arden +6.010s
6 Alex Quinn Arden +7.235s
7 Patrik Pasma Carlin +15.905s
8 Jamie Sharp Sharp +19.923s
9 Karl Massaad Double R +21.332s
10 Hampus Ericsson Fortec +24.284s
11 Sam Smelt GW Motorsport +26.515s
12 Olli Caldwell Arden +32.777s
13 Lucas Alecco Roy Carlin +35.407s
14 Lucca Allen Falcon +37.274s
Ret Oscar Piastri Arden
Ret Manuel Sulaiman
Fastest Lap Lundqvist 1m19.629s

Championship Standings
1 Caroline 349 ??2 Piastri 288.5 ??3 Sargeant 246 ??4 Lundqvist 229.5 ??5 Quinn 224 ??6 York 187.5 ??7 Simmons 179.5 ??8 Pasma 123.5 ??9 Webb 68 ??10 Massaad 66