Linus Lundqvist was presented with the BRDC British F3 Championship trophy at Silverstone this afternoon, after securing the title in yesterday’s contest, while Nicolai Kjaergaard and Kush Maini secured second and third in the standings.
Making Lundqvist’s weekend even more special was the confirmation that the Swede will drive in the world-renowned Rolex 24 at Daytona in January next year, after winning the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, and also winning the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup.
Double R's Lundqvist claimed the title with a total of seven wins, two more than any other driver, with his win yesterday securing him the championship. He ultimately finished 85 points clear of Carlin’s Kjaergaard, who claimed second overall with five wins and five additional podiums. Lanan Racing’s Maini ensured three teams were represented in the championship top-three, with his sole win coming at Rockingham, but securing seven other podiums to underline his strong campaign. BRDC President, Paddy Hopkirk, presented the top-three with their championship trophies in a special presentation ceremony this afternoon.
Double R Racing’s Krishnaraaj Mahadik and Fortec Motorsport’s Tom Gamble completed the championship top five. Mahadik claimed five podiums this season, while Gamble took two wins in his first year in single seaters, with his efforts resulting in him being named a finalist in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. The top five all receive FIA Superlicence points.
Lundqvist commented: “The BRDC British F3 title is a very prestigious one to win, and when you look at who else has won it before, it is a real honour to be among those names. I’m the third Swede ever to win this championship so I’m among a very fine list of champions, which is really cool.
“There’s been two standout points, the first one is the first race of the year at Oulton Park. Considering everything the team and I went through in the weeks before that, and it was probably my most emotional win. To start off there and put a benchmark down for the rest of the year, that was key. Then came the weekend at Spa with the double win, that was a really special weekend as well. And then yesterday, when we actually won the championship really capped it off.
“We will see regards my future, motorsport is heavily influenced by finance and budgets, but this definitely helps to have the title in the bag so hopefully I’ll be in an international Formula 3 category next year, I’m very hopeful.
“I think one of the best things is that last year we had a lot of very high points but also a lot of very low points in British F4. I think I’ve found out what the problems were there and I’ve worked on my weaknesses and turned them into strengths this year, so I think that’s one of the best things. I’ve kept on improving, and looking at Donington for example, we had a low, found out what the problem was and I tried to erase my mistakes, learned from them and bounced back at Silverstone. Overall I’ve just grown as a driver.”