Linus Lundqvist rounded out his dominant Formula Regional Americas title campaign with three wins out of three in the season finale at Circuit of the Americas.
The Indy Lights-bound Swede beat ex-Indy Lights racer Victor Franzoni to pole by just 0.098 seconds, and the Brazilian kept Lundqvist on his toes through the first half of the weekend’s opening race.
That race was almost immediately interrupted by a caution period due to HMD Motorsports’ Logan Cusson losing a wheel, but when action resumed it was clear that Global Racing Group’s Lundqvist and Newman Wachs Racing’s Franzoni weren’t going to be beaten.
Franzoni set a new lap record in his pursuit of Lundqvist, who responded by beating it and keeping his tyres alive better in the second half of the race to claim his 13th win by 4.245s.
Franzoni’s No. 28 machine started to fade in the final few circuits, allowing Lundqvist a 4.245-second margin of victory.
HMD’s David Malukas was unrivalled in third place, enough to secure him the title runner-up spot, with Jacob Abel finishing fourth after dropping two spots on the opening lap and having to fight his way back into the position.
Recently crowned United States Formula 4 champion Hunter Yeany finished his debut race with Velocity Racing Development in eighth, while HMD’s 2019 Formula Pro USA F4 champion Marco Kacic came home 12th and last on his debut.
Lundqvist’s new lap record put him on pole for race two, which he also won by handy advantage over Franzoni. Malukas was third again, with Abel beating GRG’s James Roe Jr to a very distant fourth place. Yeany finished a few seconds behind them in sixth.
Starting from the front in race three, Lundqvist had to the winning job twice as the race was split by a red flag caused by Jordan Missig’s car stopping due to a broken towlink.
Malukas passed Franzoni for second at the original start, with Dario Cangialosi running in fourth. There were full course yellows and safety cars before the red flag-causing restart, and on the restart Yeany made an audacious triple move to climb to fourth. From there the positions were unchanged, with Lundqvist winning again.
Race 1 (15 laps)
1 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group 36m05.788s
2 Victor Franzoni Newman Wachs Racing +4.245s
3 David Malukas HMD Motorsports +10.199s
4 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports +14.847s
5 Nicky Hays Global Racing Group +27.211s
6 Joshua Car Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport +27.681s
7 James Roe Jr Global Racing Group +28.715s
8 Hunter Yeany Velocity Racing Development +30.904s
9 Dario Cangialosi Global Racing Group +33.385s
10 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports +39.867s
Pole: Lundqvist, 2m03.787s
Fastest lap: Lundqvist, 2m04.698s
Race 2 (17 laps)
1 Lundqvist 35m43.877s
2 Franzoni +3.773s
3 Malukas +9.164s
4 Abel +26.663s
5 Roe +27.209s
6 Yeany +30.997s
7 Hays +31.372s
8 Jordan Missing Newman Wachs Racing +31.711s
9 Car +35.609s
10 Simpson +35.612s
FL: Lundqvist, 2m05.416s
Race 3 (15 laps)
2 Malukas +2.619s
3 Franzoni +4.087s
4 Yeany +6.706s
5 Abel +6.941s
6 Roe +11.152s
7 Logan Cusson HMD Motorsports +12.879s
8 Hays +12.908s
9 Cangialosi +13.893s
10 Simpson +17.170s
FL: Lundqvist, 2m07.011s
1 Lundqvist 401 2 Malukas 283 3 Franzoni 225 4 Hays 138 5 Abel 131 6 Car 107 7 Roe 90 8 Danial Frost 62 9 Cusson 62 10 Missig 51