Lundqvist Claims Maiden Pole After Donington Qualifying

Double R Racing take pole with Linus Lundqvist (Credit: JEP)

Linus Lundqvist took his maiden pole position in the F4 British Championship, after an intense Donington Park qualifying that resulted in a red flag for front-runner Oscar Piastri.

The Double R Racing driver will be hoping to reignite his championship chances after failing to finish all three races at Brands Hatch, due to technical problems with the car.

It had been an impressive Thursday for Oliver York who was not shy come the start of qualifying, being one of the first drivers out on track. As the times started to drop though, it was Karl Massaad who took the mantle early on. Before long though, it was TRS Arden‘s taking the initiative, locking out the top three.

The field was no closer to finding a pole sitter with six minutes to go as Lundqvist spent his time at the top, only to challenged once again by Piastri who continued to find himself heading the standings.

Both the Swede and the Australian swapped times as Jamie Caroline finally moved into contention after a slow start to the session. The three looked to be setting up for a tantalising end to qualifying until Piastri lost control in the final sector.

He flew off at the hairpin, sticking the car in the barrier and bringing out the red flags. Lundqvist and Caroline had recently improved and thus locked out the front row with Piastri being forced to settle for third.

Behind them Alex Quinn will line up alongside his teammate Piastri, while York will be the highest placed Challenge Cup rider in fifth.

Completing the top eight will be Brands Hatch race winner Ayrton Simmons, as Massaad and Yves Baltas fill out the fourth row.