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Championship Leader Lynn Takes Bull By The Horns In Austria
Posted by: newsla on Jun 21, 2014 - 03:11 PM
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Championship Leader Lynn Takes Bull By The Horns In Austria


Carlin’s Alex Lynn has continued his dominating display around the Red Bull Ring this morning as the 2014 Championship leader clinched pole position ahead of the first race of the GP3 Series weekend. Having been the man to beat throughout practice the Red Bull Junior driver failed to disappoint and set a string of fantastic laps to see him solidify his status and set the fastest lap. Team mate Emil Bernstorff once again had another brilliant showing in his GP3 car to ensure he lines up fourth overall while Luis sa Silva had a last lap push to clinch tenth position for his own – making sure that all three Carlin cars will line up in the top ten this afternoon.

 

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As ever it was a slow start to qualifying as the cars used the opening laps to warm tyres in the cooler on track conditions. Lynn was the first of the three Carlin men to make his move and although he had set two quick sectors he was forced to slow in the final sector as he came upon yellow flags due to a spinning car; forced to slow down, his lap was ruined.

Over the next few minutes Lynn made sure to get his flying lap in and quickly moved to the top of the time sheets to place him in provisional pole position – he then continued to blast around the Red Bull Ring to solidify his position. Meanwhile Bernstorff and Sa Silva were also moving up the grid in the opening half and as they entered the pits at the mid-way point Sa Silva was in 16th and Bernstorff in 17th.

Exiting the pits with 10 minutes remaining, it was now that the real times were to be set and the positions would dramatically change. With the tyres sufficiently warmed, Bernstorff was the first Carlin man to attempt his flying lap but unfortunately he encountered traffic in his first sector and backed out of the remainder of his lap. Positions meanwhile had briefly changed at the top however, in similar situations to yesterday, Lynn made sure to take control of the situation and blitz back to provisional pole position when he next had a free lap.

Lynn was unable to be bettered and the Championship leader claimed pole position around the Red Bull Ring – a track in which he has been dominant around so far this weekend. Lynn said of qualifying, ‘It’s been a fantastic weekend so far for me – although this qualifying was harder than I had hoped I’m still very pleased to get the pole position. It was tough throughout because of traffic and by the time I got my quickest lap in it felt as though the tyres weren’t at their best so I know I could have gone faster but it just goes to show how fast the car is here. This track is always so nice to drive at such good fun and obviously to get pole at the home of Red Bull is even more special.’

Bernstorff meanwhile was also making tracks in the final five minutes and had moved his Carlin car into a top five position – the British racer was pushing hard following his impressive showing in yesterday’s practice session. He continued to improve and as the chequered flag fell he had set the fourth fastest time – a position he will start this afternoon’s Race 1.

Sa Silva, who had enjoyed a solid qualifying session, had been biding his time and waiting until he found the perfect gap in which to set his lap. Leaving it until the very final minute the Angolan driver jumped up to a great tenth position ensuring that all three Carlin cars will start in the top ten for the first GP3 race of the weekend.

The first race of the GP3 Series weekend will start this afternoon at 17.20 local with Red Bull Junior Alex Lynn on pole position.

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