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Double Podium For Carlin At Hockenheim
Posted by: newsla on Jul 19, 2014 - 04:04 PM
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Double Podium For Carlin At Hockenheim


Alex Lynn and Emil Bernstorff took a double podium for Carlin today, to extend the team’s lead at the top of the teams’ standings. Lynn took a strong second place, while Bernstorff made up one position on the first lap to third and maintained the position to the flag. Sa Silva had an eventful race to cross the line in 17th.

 

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After another strong qualifying performance, Lynn started second, Bernstorff was fourth and Sa Silva started from 19th place. On a very hot Hockenheim afternoon, Lynn made a good start initially but then suffered with some wheel spin yet managed to hold onto second place, while Bernstorff was close up behind him in fourth. Sa Silva meanwhile managed to stay clear of contact at the rear of the field and made a good start.

Bernstorff wasted no time in making up positions, the GP3 rookie passed Nick Yelloly for third place by the end of the first lap, to close up behind team mate Lynn, who was in turn putting race leader Marvin Kirchhofer under pressure.

Sa Silva was still making progress after his strong start and was already 13th on lap four. At the front Bernstorff was keeping his team mate under plenty of pressure as the duo were line astern in second and third.

Lynn was keeping the race leader under pressure, setting his fastest lap of the race on lap eight, but Kirchhofer responded with the fastest lap of the race to keep the gap at just over one second. By lap 10, Lynn had brought the gap to just under a second, while Bernstorff was just another eighth tenths further back.

Despite the close racing, the order at the front remained the same. The racing action continued for Sa Silva though, with the Carlin man involved in several mid field battles. At the front, the front three drivers had pulled away from the rest of the field with just two laps to go, with Kirchhofer holding a lead over Lynn and Bernstorff – who had by now pulled a healthy gap on fourth placed Yelloly.

At the chequered flag it was Lynn second and Bernstorff third, while Sa Silva was 17th after an eventful 18 laps.

Championship leader and second placed man Lynn said, “It was a really great race, but the tyres were going off – as we expected them to do – so I was struggling quite a lot. In that respect it was probably the hardest race of the year. Tomorrow I’m sure the gap will come down and I’ll be fighting for the most points I can get.”

Team mate and third placed man Bernstorff added, “I probably took too much out of the tyres at the beginning but towards the end I think everyone was struggling a bit. This is my fourth podium in five races, so it’s good for the championship.”



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