Young British racer Emily Linscott enjoyed her best Lucas Oil Formula Car Series weekend so far as she claimed a fourth place finish at Autobahn Country Club.
British upcoming racing driver Emily Linscott completed last weeked her third round of the 2020 season in the Lucas Oil Formula Car Series, after she was forced to miss the opening round at NCM Motorsports Park due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions.
Emily - after a series of difficulties - made it to the US in time for the second round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, helped by fellow Brit and Indycar veteran Pippa Mann, who is playing a big part in helping Linscott's career to take off Stateside.
After competing in a partial 2019 campaign, Linscott thus joined the field for the second triple-header at Millville, New Jersey, where she could score a best result of fifth in the second race of the weekend.
Coming to NOLA at the end of July, Linscott completed again a solid weekend with a fifth and a sixth place finishes. The teenager was then able to join the pre-race test days at the Autobahn Country Club circuit in Joliet, Illinois - an opportunity that Linscott couldn't grasp earlier due to travel restrictions but that ultimately paid dividends coming into the fourth round of the highly-competitive Lucas Oil Formula Car Series, part of the Road to Indy ladder.
Linscott kept gaining experience and thanks to the increased track-time on a circuit where she had never travelled before, the young lady was able to secure the fourth fastest time during qualifying for the first race of the weekend.
The first two races proved challenging for Linscott though, as she claimed a sixth and a seventh place finishes - nevertheless scoring valuable points for the championship:
"A challenging day in the office yesterday." - wrote Linscott via her social media.
"Not particularly happy with my results, however it’s more points towards the championship and I’m still learning a hell of a lot."
The podium position that Emily had been pursuing since the start of her 2020 season was closer than ever before on the final day at the Autobahn facility, though.
In the third race on Sunday, in fact, Linscott lined up seventh on the grid but was quickly able to make her way up the order and spent the whole race battling in the leading group of eighth cars.
Showcasing great race pace - and setting her best lap times of the weekend - Linscott advanced to fourth place and prepared the final attack for third on the last lap of the race.
At the last corner, Emily made her move for what it would have been the final step of the podium, but her opponent held on to third by just four hundredths of a second after their run across the finish line.
“The first couple of races were tougher than I expected, but I’m happy with how I was able to bounce back on the second day for the final race." - she commented.
"I’m still learning every time I get in the car, and in every race and that’s important. I’m proud of how I drove and I’m looking to take that momentum forwards to Miami."
With two race events now left on the 2020 Lucas Oil Formula Car Series schedule, Emily Linscott now sits seventh in the points standings, with still many points up for grab in the final triple-headers of Homestead and Sebring.
The young British talent has now headed back to Indianapolis, where she is staying until the end of her racing season and where she will attend the upcoming USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 races in a spectator role. She will be back behind the wheel in just under a month time at the Homestead Miami Speedway, on September 24-26.