Kjaergaard reignites championship battle
Carlin’s Nicolai Kjaergaard secured last Sunday his second BRDC British F3 victory at Donington Park, and capitalised on a bad day for championship leader Linus Lundqvist to breathe new life into the championship fight, with just three races remaining at Silverstone on 13-14 October.
Kjaergaard started the weekend 111 points behind Lundqvist, and as a real outsider for the championship, but left the East Midlands just 50 points in arrears after his best weekend of the season, and Lundqvist’s most challenging, with the title to be decided between the Scandinavian duo at the home of the British Grand Prix.
Race two saw Sun Yue Yang, with Pavan Ravishankar and series newcomer Hampus Ericsson on the podium, while Lundqvist suffered his first retirement of the season as Arvin Esmaeili was nudged into a spin by team mate Max Defourny and impacted with Lundqvist and Kush Maini.
Kjaergaard then slashed Lundqvist’s championship lead even further in race three with his second win, ahead of Krishnaraaj Mahadik, while Billy Monger, starting from his second pole position of the weekend, claimed an emotional podium finish.
The BRDC British F3 Championship will therefore be decided at the Northamptonshire venue in three weeks time, with Lundqvist and Kjaergaard the only two drivers still remaining with a chance of taking the crown, and over 100 points still left to fight for.
“It’s been my best weekend of the season by a long way, and the first one of the year where I have taken two wins which I’m really pleased with“, Kjaergaard commented, “Obviously with the absence of good results for the other front-runners in the championship, it’s made my good results even more important. I’ve consolidated second place in the championship, but have also gained on Lundqvist, so it’s been a really good weekend. If you’d asked me before the season if I could have been the champion I’d probably have said no, but as it looks now, anything could happen. It doesn’t take much when you get 35 points twice in a weekend and the gap closes quickly.”
BRDC British F3 Championship standings after race 21 of 24
1. Linus Lundqvist, Double R Racing, 496 pts
2. Nicolai Kjaergaard, Carlin, 446
3. Kush Maini, Lanan Racing, 346
4. Krishnaraaj Mahadik, Double R Racing, 336
5. Tom Gamble, Fortec Motorsports, 316
6. Billy Monger, Carlin, 274
7. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, 268
8. Jamie Chadwick, Douglas Motorsport, 240
9. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, 222
10. Sun Yue Yang, Carlin, 220