The 2018 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship season ended in an abrupt fashion after rain played spoilsport all day long with Lanan Racing Joshua Mason winning Race 2.
After Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist’s victory on Saturday in Race 1 secured the 2018 title for the Swede, it was a washout on Sunday as only two laps of racing took place that too behind the safety car.
The Race 2 started after a delay behind the safety car with Mason on reverse grid pole from Hillspeed’s Ben Hurst and Douglas Motorsport’s Arvin Esmaeili. The rain continued to fall as they ran behind the safety car as the clerk of the course decided to nullify the race.
It seemed a cancellation but the organisers confirmed that the drivers will be awarded the full points since they completed two full laps which meant Mason took his first ever British F3 win from Hurst and Esmaeili.
Carlin’s Clement Novalak was fourth from teammate Sun Yue Yang with Lanan Racing’s Kush Maini in sixth, Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol seventh, Douglas Motorsport’s Jamie Chadwick eighth, Fortec’s Hampus Ericsson ninth and Hillspeed’s Jusuf Owega 10th.
A statement from the clerk of the course stated: “Race two of the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship on Sunday 14 October was started behind the Safety Car in accordance with MSA Regulations.
“The race was abandoned due to heavy rain and standing water and the cars were returned to the Pit Lane. The results show that the leader had completed TWO laps. In accordance with BRDC British Formula 3 Championship regulation 1.6.4 full points are awarded.”
The same couldn’t happen for the final race of the season as well as the weekend as the conditions worsened at Silverstone with the decision taken by the organisers MSVR to cancel all the events.
And so, Lundqvist ended with 531 points as Carlin’s Nicolai Kjaergaard had 446 with Maini securing third with 366 points from Double R Racing’s Krishnaraaj Mahadik in fourth with 358 and Fortec’s Tom Gamble rounding the Top 5 with 346.