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Lynn Leads Bernstorff To Secure Carlin 1-2
Posted by: newsla on Jun 21, 2014 - 03:21 PM
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Lynn Leads Bernstorff To Secure Carlin 1-2


Carlin’s Alex Lynn has continued his incredible performance during this weekend’s GP3 Series Race one at the Red Bull Ring with a lights to flag victory. The British racer and Red Bull Junior had been the man to beat all weekend and hammered home his advantage with an assured win. Team mate Emil Bernstorff was close behind in a brilliant second position following a perfect start which saw him pull up behind Lynn and follow him throughout the 18 laps of action. Luis Sa Silva rounded off a sensational day for Carlin coming home in eighth position and clinching reverse pole position ahead of tomorrow’s race.

 

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With clear track ahead of him Pole man Lynn had the perfect start as he launched off the line – leading in to the first corner he soon had team mate Bernstorff in his mirrors who had taken advantage of the slow starting Alex Fontana to snatch second position. Bernstorff caught up with Lynn however the racing was neutralised when a first corner incident for Fontana, Dean Stoneman and Robert Visoiu brought out the safety car. By this point Sa Silva had also gained positions and was running in seventh overall.

At the restart Lynn and Bernstorff took the advantage and pulled a gap to the rest of the field – asserting their speed at the front. Sa Silva meanwhile was involved in a big battle for position during the restart and lost one place to a charging Matheo Tuscher – however the Angolan driver held on to the back of Nick Yelloly and applied the pressure over the next few laps.

At the front a battle over the fastest laps was developing between Lynn and Bernstorff with both drivers trading the title as the mid-point of the race came into view. However the rest of the race began to settle and Lynn pulled a gap over his team mate while Bernstorff also pulled out a gap over Jimmy Eriksson behind. Running their own race, no one was able to touch the Carlin pair at the front.

Meanwhile Sa Silva was running in eighth place, a position which would yield the finisher the reverse grid pole for tomorrow’s second race. Despite coming under pressure from Patrick Kujala the Carlin man drove flawlessly from start to finish clinching his first ever GP3 points for eighth which importantly means he will start tomorrow’s second race of the weekend at the very front.

Despite a relatively quiet race for both Lynn and Bernstorff they were brilliant in their efforts at the front and came home to take a dominant Carlin 1-2. The result sees Lynn extend his GP3 Series Championship lead and saw Bernstorff take his maiden podium.

Lynn said of his victory, ‘It’s been a really good weekend so far for me and for the team and I can’t begin to explain how it feels to get the win here at the Red Bull Ring. The car was just perfect and I felt as though I had so much speed even towards to end which is where the fastest lap [of the race] came from. It’s also nice to see Emil [Bernstorff] and Luis [sa Silva] have such a strong race as well for the entire team.’

Emil added, ‘After Barcelona it was a shame to not get as many points as hoped but we made up for that today with second position. Although I wasn’t able to match Alex today it’s amazing to have clinched my first GP3 Series podium in a pretty solid race for the whole team. We’ll now see what tomorrow brings.’

Sa Silva said of his reverse grid pole, ‘I’m really pleased with the result – I got my first ever points finish which feels as though it has been a long time coming. So it’s really nice to get those on the board and even better to have the pole position for tomorrow too. I think the team more than deserve this so tomorrow I aim for another strong result which I know we are capable of doing.’

The fantastic result also sees Carlin in front of the Teams’ Standings.


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