British F4 at Croft 2017

British F4 Croft Weekend 2017

The British F4 Croft Weekend 2017, as part of the BTCC event, saw a very wet Saturday, which worked well for Linus Lundqvist, who took pole position ahead of championship leader Jamie Caroline, after the two had swapped the fastest lap through the qualifying session. The two drivers also set the fastest and second fastest times in the second fastest lap table, with Oliver Piastri in third place for first and second fastest laps.

Lundqvist made a good start, although his lead was negated by a safety car period after Karl Massaad crashed out, but Lundqvist’s good form continued and he took the win from Piastri, with Logan Sargeant in third. Championship leader Caroline just missed the podium with a fourth place.

Sunday was dry but windy, and saw a new driver on the grid with Olli Caldwell celebrating his fifteenth birthday with a first foray into British F4. Alex Quinn passed team mate and pole sitter Ayrton Simmons early on, and kept the lead through to a safety car period. A good restart for Quinn saw him retain the lead, which he converted to a win, ahead of Piastri and Sargeant.

The final race of the weekend saw Lundqvist make a good getaway from pole, and he kept the lead to take his second win of the weekend. Quinn’s good weekend was improved with another podium finish, this time in second, with Piastri in third.

Caldwell had a good fifteenth birthday, setting a record for the youngest British F4 driver, where the age limit is fifteen, and managed to score points with a tenth place finish in his first race on Sunday.

The drivers now have a mid season break – no doubt which will see many of them swap motor racing for exams – before the Snetterton round at the end of July.

Meanwhile here are some photos from Croft.