Linus Lundqvist takes 2018 BRDC British F3 Championship title

Double R Racings Linus Lundqvist claimed the Championship title this weekend at Silverstone. The young Swede took the win in the first race after starting on pole, and with it the 2018 Championship. He also finishes the season taking the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup and the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, which will see him compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January next year.

Nicolai Kjaergaard finished second in the championship standings with Kush Maini just behind him in third place.

Lundqvist dominated the race finishing three seconds ahead of second place Tom Gamble, while Billy Monger finished in third place, his fourth podium place this year.

Monger had a scrap for third place throughout the race with Manuel Maldonado, Monger crossing the line just over half a second ahead of Maldonado, although Fortec driver Maldonado was handed a one second penalty post race, being deemed to have gained an unfair advantage, but the penalty made no difference, still finishing ahead of fifth place Ayrton Simmons.

Simmons who moved to BRDC British F3 from F4 in July, has enjoyed the progression to the pace of the Tatuus-Cosworth car, taking his seat with Chris Dittman Racing without any prior testing in the car, his first race in F3 being at Spa Francorchamps in the summer. The youngster from Epping who finished second in the F4 championship standings this year, told us that there will not be a return to F4, and although he has yet to confirm his plans for next year, he has impressed no end with the Chris Dittman team. Simmons loves single seater racing and makes no bones about his desire to progress to Formula One.

There were two further races due to run on the Sunday, however very wet weather conditions meant that after completing just a few laps under the safety car, the red flag fell as the weather worsened and just a few hours later the rest of the MSVR meeting was cancelled, bringing a damp end to the BRDC British F3 2018 season.

 

 

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Signatech Alpine Matmut confirmed as Le Mans LMP2 winners as G-Drive lose appeal

The FIA International Court of Appeal has upheld the decision to disqualify the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca and the #28 TDS Racing Oreca, from the 24 Hrs of Le Mans on the grounds of their running the cars with modified fuelling rigs.

The French team were able to refuel their cars 25 % faster than other LMP2 entries due to an additional component in the fuel system assembly.  TDS Racing had argued that the regulations does not specifically rule out the use of additional parts, but this defence was rejected when the court ruled that the part protruded into the fuel flow restrictor, stating: “it is not allowable to have a compliant part which is rendered redundant by another part.”

The decision confirms the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut of  Andre Negrao, Nicholas Lapierre and  Pierre Thiriet as class winners, with the #39 Graff-SO24 in second place and #32 United Autosports in third place.

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