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Lynn takes points for fourth at Hockenheim
Posted by: newsla on Jul 20, 2014 - 03:02 PM
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Lynn takes points for fourth at Hockenheim


Carlin’s Alex Lynn took fourth place in the second GP3 race of the weekend at the Hockenheimring this morning. The Red Bull Junior made up places on the first lap and kept the third placed man under pressure for the duration of the race. Luis Sa Silva also made up several positions, crossing the line in 11th place despite starting 17th. It was a disappointing end to the weekend for Emil Bernstorff however, who was taking out of a strong sixth place through no fault of his own and was forced to retire.

 

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Starting from sixth on the grid, Bernstorff managed to get away with little wheel spin and held sixth place into the first corner. Lynn suffering with a little more wheel spin was passed by yesterday’s race winner and eighth place man Mavin Kirchhofer, to relegate the Red Bull Junior to eighth in the run down to turn one.

Lynn made the places up at the hairpin though, as Stoneman ran wide in fourth, taking Bernstorff and Kirchhofer with him, Lynn seized his opportunity up the inside to go from eighth to fourth in one move. Bernstorff meanwhile who received a light tap from Kirchhofer, managed to continue in seventh place. Sa Silva had made up one place to 15th.

Bernstorff’s strong run came to an end on lap seven, when the Anglo-Danish driver was taken out of sixth place by Kirchhofer who out braked himself trying to overtake Dean Stoneman at the hairpin, ploughing into the Carlin man and effectively ruining his race. Bernstorff would end his race in the pits with a broken rear top wishbone.

Now the only Carlin car in the points, Lynn was looking racy, keeping Jimmy Eriksson under plenty of pressure for the final podium position at the half way point of the race. Sa Silva was still making progress, putting Adderly Fong under plenty of pressure. Sa Silva’s pressure paid off when Fong ran wide, allowing the Carlin man to move through on the inside to take the position.

With five laps to go, tyre degradation once again became an issue. Behind Lynn, Yelloly had dropped off into the clutches of Stoneman who was up into fifth place and in pursuit of Lynn. The Red Bull Junior though was focused on his main championship rival Eriksson in front.

Despite pressure to the line, Eriksson held onto third, meaning Lynn crossed the line in fourth place, adding another healthy haul of points to his second place yesterday. Sa Silva came home in 11th place, after making up several positions over the 18 laps.

The GP3 drivers will have only a few days to wait before track action recommences, at the Hungaroring next weekend.


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