Lundqvist Leads Field around Damp Croft for Qualifying


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A wet Croft circuit greeted the F4 British Championship ahead of the fifth round of the year. It would be the rain specialists topping the session though, with Linus Lundqvist edging out Jamie Caroline for a double pole position.

Lundqvist, who had a troubled start to the year has finally found his feet in recent rounds, proving to be the only driver able to take Caroline head-on. This proved to be the case as Swede pulled out a 0.125 second advantage to outpace the championship leader.

As the session got underway, all drivers were cautious to even set foot on track with only a few sighter laps being run.

At the midway point, it was Logan Sargeant setting the pace, with some drivers such as Harry Webb not leaving the pits at all in first half. With the conditions getting slightly better, the track became quicker allowing a number of drivers time at the head of the field.

Before long it was Lundqvist who’d jumped top with Caroline swapping times with the Double R Racing driver.

This continued for the remainder of the session with Lundqvist setting a best of 1min 30.055. Caroline would be forced to settle alongside him as Oscar Piastri was the only other driver to get within a second of the Swede.

Fourth place would go to Sargeant after his early session run, while Alex Quinn qualified for the final time in his TRS Arden car, in fifth. He’ll compete in race one before handing it over to Olli Caldwell for the Sunday events.

Rounding out the top eight would be Karl Massaad, Finnish driver Patrik Pasma and race winner Ayrton Simmons, who once again has to settle behind his teammates.