Lundqvist claims his fourth win
Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist converted his first qualifying pole position into victory at Silverstone after a race-long challenge from Lanan Racing’s Kush Maini. Douglas Motorsport’s Jordan Cane almost made it a three-way fight for the lead after closing up on the duo in the latter stages.
Lundqvist claimed his fourth win of the year and continued his trend of taking victory at every venue visited so far this year, extending his championship lead to 48 points over Carlin’s Nicolai Kjaergaard.
The Swedish driver stretched his championship lead with a lights to flag victory in the opening race, holding off a late charge from Maini to take his fourth win of the season. Maini was just 0.392s behind at the chequered flag, with Cane taking third, having closed right up to the top-two in the closing stages.
Clement Novalak claimed fourth for Carlin. Jamie Chadwick finished in fifth, with Nicolai Kjaergaard sixth. Jusuf Owega claimed seventh for Hillspeed after a late move on Carlin’s Billy Monger, with Double R’s Krishnaraaj Mahadik and Fortec’s Tom Gamble completing the top-10.
Lundqvist and Maini both made good starts to lead into Copse on the first lap, with Cane getting off the line well to claim third from Novalak. Further back, Kjaergaard passed team mate Monger for sixth place, while Mahadik had a great opening tour to rise from 15th on the grid to claim 10th at the end of lap one. Lundqvist’s lead was almost eight tenths after the opening lap, but from then on Maini was fractions quicker, and brought the margin down to just under half a second by lap seven, with Maini setting a new BRDC British F3 lap record around the newly resurfaced Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in the process.
On lap eight, Maini was close enough to Lundqvist to attempt a move. Exiting Aintree corner, he was firmly in the slipstream down the Wellington straight, and challenged at Brooklands. He was alongside but took the outside line at Luffield, with Lundqvist holding him off across the line starting lap nine, with the pair separated by just over a tenth of a second. The pair were close again at Copse at the start of lap nine, with their scrap almost bringing Cane into the battle for the lead.
Lundqvist stretched the margin back out to almost half a second starting the last lap, and held off the Indian driver to win by just under four tenths, to increase his championship lead to 48 points. Maini’s second place puts him much closer in the championship standings to Kjaergaard, while Cane climbs to seventh overall.