Lundqvist sweeps FR Americas opener at Mid-Ohio, Bogle provisional F4 winner
After practically an eight-month hiatus, the System Regional Americas and System Four United States championships returned to motion on the Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automotive Course, June 26-28, with greater than 50 Honda-powered automobiles entered on the central Ohio circuit.
The pair of FR Americas races every featured hard-fought battles up and down the order, however it was International Racing Group rookie Linus Lundqvist who managed the weekend with a dominant debut.
The 2018 BRDC British F3 champion’s No. 26 Paytrim machine swept the weekend, qualifying on pole with a brand new observe qualifying lap file (1m19.273s), then main lights to checkers in each 30-minute options. The 2 excellent drives earned Lundqvist the Omologato Completely Timed Transfer of the Race.
“Two wins, two pole positions and quickest lap — it’s very arduous to beat a gap weekend like that,” Lundqvist mentioned. “Clearly it wasn’t straightforward, particularly whenever you take a look at how massive and aggressive the sphere is. I’m a really small half on this operation; the crew gave me a terrific automobile and I went on the market and did my half.
Whereas HMD Motorsports driver David Malukas’ race craft shined on the technical 15-turn, 2.4-mile circuit, he performed second fiddle to Lundqvist all weekend. Topping the charts early in qualifying, Malukas was edged out of pole place within the remaining laps by simply .001s, the closest qualifying margin in sequence historical past.
In Race 1, Malukas, beginning second, bobbled the F1-style standing begin and dropped again to fifth earlier than Flip 1. Nonetheless, he labored his method again to 3rd by the ultimate lap and clinched second after an unforced error despatched Santiago Urrutia flying off track, the Uruguayan forfeiting his podium place to his teammate.
Newman Wachs Racing’s Victor Franzoni completed third.
In Race 2, Malukas challenged Lundqvist for the purpose within the early laps, however his focus quickly modified from difficult for first to defending his second-place place which allowed Lundqvist to tug away.
Malukas held on, finishing his FR Americas debut weekend with a pair of second-place finishes, Urrutia recovering in Race 2 to say the rostrum end he missed out on earlier within the weekend.
FR AMERICAS RACE 1 RESULTS
FR AMERICAS RACE 2 RESULTS
F4 United States
The world’s largest FIA F4 beginning discipline, 33 automobiles, lined up for Race 1 on the Honda-supported Mid-Ohio circuit. Whereas groups and drivers have been able to go racing, Mom Nature had different plans in thoughts, plaguing the primary spherical with a torrential downpour. As rain worsened the already slick observe circumstances, lightening was noticed, forcing race management to name the spherical even earlier than the inexperienced flag reemerged.
Since no inexperienced laps have been taken, factors weren’t awarded. The sequence will try to make up the spherical at a later date.
With no official lap occasions clocked in Race 1, the grid for Race 2 was primarily based off qualifying outcomes. Christian Bogle began on the pole, and, after three restarts, led all the way in which. The race resulted in yellow after a particles from an off automobile littered the observe pressured race competitors to a halt. Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport driver Dylan Tavella crossed the road second with Velocity Racing Growth rookie Hunter Yeany rounding out the provisional podium.
After a number of automobiles failed post-race technical inspection, all F4 weekend outcomes are provisional. Closing outcomes will likely be launched following an appeals listening to.
F4 US RACE 1 – POSTPONED
F4 US RACE 2 PROVISIONAL RESULTS
The subsequent rounds for each sequence will likely be at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway on the Andy Scriven Memorial Race Weekend, July 17-19. For race replays and stay streaming go to FanRacing.Dwell. For extra info on the championships go to: F4USChampionship.com or FRAmericas.com.