Composed Lundqvist Runs Away with Race 1 at Croft

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Building up a lead of six seconds, Linus Lundqvist took the honours in a damp race at Croft. The result helps the F4 British Championship driver jump up the points order as he looks to continue his momentum.

It was a dramatic start to the race as Double R Racing driver Karl Massaad took to the gravel through Tower Bridge corner, bringing out the safety car.Up front though, the other Double R car of Lundqvist held his pole position as Oscar Piastri settled in behind them. The man to watch though was Jamie Caroline.

The championship leader was carrying a ten place grid penalty and was forced to start 12th, but was up to sixth on the opening lap, with him and Harry Webb making the most of the carnage in front. The getaway had seen the Norfolk racer jump to the front of the Challenge Cup order, fifth overall.

An extended Safety Car period left 11 minutes on the track, with Lundqvist quickly taking off at the start. Elsewhere though, a poor start from Alex Quinn dropped him behind Webb and Caroline, to sixth.

Lundqvist was not hanging around, with second place Piastri holding off the advances of Logan Sargeant in third. Behind them, Caroline was up to fourth as Webb ran wide at the chicane.

With a fastest lap and a supreme drive completed, Lundqvist took a comfortable victory with Piastri and Sargeant joining him on the podium after a race long encounter resulted in another solid result for the Australian in second.

Caroline completed his spectacular comeback with a remarkable fourth place with Quinn falling back later on in fifth. Ayrton Simmons would keep out of trouble to collected sixth (and pole for tomorrow) with Webb and Patrik Pasma rounding out the top eight.