British F3 Preview: Linus Lundqvist looking to keep up consistent start to 2018 at Snetterton, but faces tough competition from chasing pack

Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist goes into the third British F3 meeting of the season with a slender lead in the championship with rounds seven, eight and nine at Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend.

An ultra-consistent Lundqvist was on the podium in all three races last time out at Rockingham and heads the standings by 11 points from Nicolai Kjaergaard, with Tom Gamble and Kush Maini also in close attendance.

Following a last-ditch pole position (his first in car racing) in the wet it was Gamble who was the class of the field in race one on Saturday excelling in the cold, wind and rain typical of a British race weekend.

Kush Maini then recovered from midfield finish in race one to dominate in similar fashion to Gamble in the Sunday morning race, the Indian relieved at finally getting some dry running.

Lundqvist took top honours in a tight race three, the Swede having to fend off Kjaergaard and Maini throughout much of the race.

After his race two victory, Maini was confident that with more dry races over the coming rounds of the F3 championship that his Lanan Motorsports package would be the quickest while vowing to work on his starts and wet pace.

Kjaergaard came from way back on the grid in race two at Rockingham to finish second and has already won this season at Oulton Park.

Billy Monger returns for Carlin this weekend having endured a tough weekend in Northamptonshire last time out, the 19-year-old retiring from race three after colliding with Tom Gamble having previously managed only a seventh in the first two races. Monger had stepped on the podium at Oulton Park.

Maini had hoped to improve his wet pace and certainly got the chance to prove that as he took top spot in a sodden final test session on Thursday, while Lundqvist once again showed strength to claim the overall fastest time of the day ahead of the weekend’s racing.

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