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Second For Lynn In Tense Silverstone Finish
Posted by: newsla on Jul 05, 2014 - 04:48 PM
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Second For Lynn In Tense Silverstone Finish


It was a second place for Carlin on home territory today, as Alex Lynn took second place in a close and competitive GP3 race at Silverstone. The Red Bull Junior kept race winner Jimmy Eriksson under pressure for the majority of the race, but couldn’t quite take the lead, despite also recording the fastest lap of the race. Team mate Emil Bernstorff made a strong start which put him up into fourth place, the position he would maintain to the flag. Luis Sa Silva suffered a difficult start but recovered back to 18th place.

 

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As the lights went out Lynn was immediately under attack from Jann Mardenborough who had started directly behind. The duo were involved in a close fight up against the pit wall and into turn one, at which point Lynn took the advantage and slotted into second behind Eriksson. Bernstorff meanwhile made a lightning start from sixth on the grid and was fighting for third on the opening lap. The Carlin man was squeezed out by Marcus Kirchoffer though, and by the end of lap one was fourth. Sa Silva saw also in the action, the Angolan racer lost part of his front wing on the opening lap and dropped to 24th place.

With overtaking difficult around the Silverstone circuit, positions at the front remained relatively unchanged. Eriksson initially pulled out a gap, but Lynn took 0.4 seconds out of the leader’s margin on lap seven. Eriksson soon responded, but Lynn continued to push, setting the fastest lap of the race so far on lap 8.

Behind the two leaders Bernstorff was still running in fourth place, but was under some pressure from Nick Yelloly. Yelloly stayed close throughout the race, but rookie Bernstorff put in a faultless drive to withstand the pressure.

Pushing hard and with championship points in mind, Lynn put in a stunning lap of 1.48.963 on lap 11, setting the fastest lap of the race and reducing the gap to Eriksson to just 0.5 seconds. Next time round the gap was 0.3 seconds and with only a few laps remaining, Lynn was still chasing a potential win. Eriksson coped well with the pressure and despite Lynn’s best efforts, the chequered flag saw the Red Bull Junior come home second. Bernstorff followed behind, with a comfortable gap from Yelloly to take fourth, while Sa Silva had recovered somewhat from his first lap incident to take 18th.

Speaking about his race, Lynn say, “I didn’t make the best start, I think I was focussing too much on Jimmy rather than my own start. After that he managed to pull away a bit and although I was able to close on him, you need to be quite a bit faster here than the car in front to overtake. I really wanted to get the extra two points for fastest lap and after that I thought I’d see what I could do, but Jimmy was just a bit too quick today.”

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