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Bernstorff Wins Mixed Emotions Race For Carlin
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 06:03 AM
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Bernstorff Wins Mixed Emotions Race For Carlin


Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff has taken a fantastic GP3 Series win from seventh on the grid at the Red Bull Ring in a race which was effectively all decided on the second lap. Bernstorff kept a calm head and was able to capitalise and clinch his maiden victory following an incident which forced team mate and race leader Luis Sa Silva off track. Sa Silva managed to continue with his race but his strong start from the front was ruined and he came home to finish 22nd. Fortunes were also poor for yesterday’s race winner Alex Lynn who sadly picked up a puncture in the opening lap which inevitably pulled him into the pit lane and subsequently to the back of the grid. However the strong team result over the course of the weekend means that Carlin continues to lead the Teams’ standings with Lynn on top of the drivers’.

 

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As the cars lined up following the formation lap and awaited the lights overhead, yellow flags were waved and the race start was aborted; this meant that the field would have to take one more lap around the Red Bull Ring before the race could properly start. When it did, pole sitter Sa Silva launched off the line and into the lead as he made his way through the first corner. Over the opening lap the Angolan driver came under a little pressure from Nick Yelloly however, despite getting side by side, Sa Silva held on to his lead.

Bernstorff meanwhile had enjoyed another strong opening lap and was running in fifth position while Lynn had found himself squeezed during his start. Lynn’s luck was to go from bad to worse as the Championship leader began to lose time with a right rear puncture which forced the Red Bull Junior driver to come into the pits for a change. Dropping him to the very back of the grid his race was ruined as he tried to recover to gain positions over the course of the race.

However at the front things began to dramatically change as Sa Silva came under pressure from Yelloly on the second lap. Keeping the Status GP driver in his mirrors to defend, Matheo Tuscher came from the other side and his car was launched over the top of the Carlin man. Sa Silva was forced off and into the gravel trap ruining his race lead.

In all the midst of this, Bernstorff made sure to stay out of trouble and was able to take advantage of his team mate’s heartbreak to clinch the lead as his own. While others continued to fight behind him, Bernstorff pulled a lead and never looked back.

The rest of the race was a relatively processional affair; Lynn managed to recover one position however was too far down the grid to gain any further – the exact same could be said of Sa Silva who was also out of position at the very back. As the flag fell Lynn was 20th and Sa Silva 22nd.

At the front Bernstorff had continued to pull his lead over the field and as the flag fell he had an impressive 8.5 second gap over second place man Jimmy Eriksson – claiming his maiden GP3 victory. Bernstorff said, ‘It has been a really strong weekend for me and for Carlin. We were on the podium yesterday and today I got my maiden win so right now I’m feeling really great. We knew from pre-season testing that we were fast but this is amazing to have it confirmed here.

‘I could see that there was an incident about to happen up ahead and made sure to put my car somewhere that I felt would give me a good position if something happened. When it did I found a gap and took the lead.’

Bernstorff’s result tops off a weekend in which Carlin dominated the GP3 Series winning both races and solidifying their position at the top of the Teams’ standings.


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