The final three races of the Lucas Oil School of Racing Formula Car Series were held on October 1st and 2nd in Sebring on the full international course. For Emily Linscott, it was the strongest round of the year, finishing off the season exceptionally by scoring a podium finish.
The last round of the season was held just a few days after the penultimate round where Linscott’s weekend was ruined by contact with another car in Race 1, and a migraine in Race 3. On top of that, the full Sebring layout was completely new for her, but she was determined not to let her inexperience on the track or the unlucky events of a few days prior hold her back. Linscott ended the warm-up sessions second fastest and then qualified P6 for Race 1.
The wide Sebring track, with its long straights was a great setting for the last races of the Lucas Oil series. In the first race, the front eight drivers battled the entire race, with Linscott running as high as fourth. She dropped to the back, but made her way up again and took the checkered flag in sixth. During this race back to the front, Linscott set the fastest lap, which was her ticket to pole position for the second race of the weekend, and penultimate race of the season.
Those same eight cars from Race weren’t done with their battle just yet. It was a spectacular second race full of head-to-head racing and overtaking. In the final turn of the very last lap, Linscott made a bold move that saw her move to third, a position she held onto on the run to the finish line. This bold move brought her her first podium finish of the 2020 season, something we would love to see more of next year.
The morning after, qualifying for the last race of the season took place. Linscott set the fifth fastest time, despite not having a towing partner. Unfortunately, during the first few laps, the British driver was pushed wide which made her fall all the way back to eighth. Just like in the first race of the weekend though, Linscott fought her way back to the front. She started the final lap in third. She tried the move she perfected the day before again, but the famous Sebring bumps took her by surprise this time. She slid wide, making contact with another car before finishing fourth. The Lucas Oil Series has a zero-tolerance when it comes to making contact with another car, so a time penalty made the Race 2 podium finisher fall back to P9. This Sebring weekend has showed everyone what Linscott can do though, by battling her way back up to the front twice, and taking her first podium.
“I really enjoyed the track and the close racing it provided. I’m thrilled I finally got the 2020 monkey off my back and was able to stand on the podium again. Although the last race didn’t end how I would have wanted, I’ve finished this season driving the best I’ve driven all year and I’m looking forward to taking all of the experience I’ve gained this year into 2021.”
With the 2020 season over, Emily Linscott’s full focus is on next year. She aims to have her first tests in preparation of the 2021 season before returning home to England. We will most definitely see her back in America next year. Where exactly, we’ll tell you as soon as we find out.