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Posted by: newsla on Jul 26, 2014 - 05:36 PM
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Lynn On The Front Row With Two Carlin Cars In Top Six


Alex Lynn has continued his strong qualifying showing after securing a front row start following what was a tense final few minutes in this morning’s GP3 Series qualifying. A red flag in the late stages took away his chance to snatch pole position however the Red Bull Junior will once again line up on the front row of the grid. Emil Bernstorff was one of the few drivers who improved in the one lap dash after the red flag to set the sixth fastest time while Luis Sa Silva set the 11th quickest time of the session.

 

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Following on from the 45 minute practice session yesterday the three Carlin men took to a warm track this morning with lots of data under their belts as they prepared to set their qualifying laps. All three completed a quick installation run before returning to the pits ahead of their first serious timed laps. As a result the first ten minutes of the session were relatively unassuming for the team.

As they took to the circuit for their first proper run the main story was that of traffic. Lynn had set a purple first sector and looked on to move to the top however he caught traffic and didn’t improve. The exact same thing occurred on his next lap and as a result by the midpoint of the session he was in 22nd position overall. Bernstorff, in 25th, was also having similar problems and finding that he was having to back out of his laps.

Sa Silva meanwhile seemed to be finding the track position somewhat clearer in the earlier runs than his team mates and soon began to work his way up the time sheets. Bernstorff finally found some clear air and set his first proper flying lap to move up to 12th overall before the three Carlin men returned to the pits at the midpoint of the qualifying session.

Heading out on what was believed would be the final runs Lynn used the opportunity to get his gap and set his time – with just four minutes on the clock the Red Bull Junior jumped from one end of the grid to the other and put his car on provisional pole and lined himself up for the next however Richie Stanaway just beat him to the top just moments before a red flag came out on track due to Celis Jnr who had lost control of his car and slammed into the barriers.

With just 2.55 minutes left on the clock it was uncertain if any drivers would find the grip to improve on their times. However one driver who did was Bernstroff; on his one lap attempt he moved his car up to sixth. Lynn remained in second overall and Sa Silva 11th – however the latter of the pair will drop five places on the grid following a penalty carried over from yesterday’s free practice session.

Lynn said of his front row, ‘I’m a little upset to have lost out on the pole position because we definitely had another fast lap in us and ready to do just before the red flag came out. But sadly that was my only qualifying lap and I made it count to get me in second. It was very tough out there in the early part of the session with the traffic so it was a while before I was finally able to get the lap in and while it’s a shame to lose the pole we will still start on the front row. I think a lot of that session came down to luck and where you were when the yellow and then red flag came out.’

Bernstorff added, ‘I didn’t get a lap on my second set before the red flag came out so I knew that I should be able to do something in that quick dash after the red flag. Thankfully my final sector was a purple one and I could make the improvement and get sixth. The car felt good and I think we should be on for a strong race later today.’

Sa Silva said, ‘I made a little mistake on my fastest lap so it’s a shame to not be higher up the grid before my grid penalty is applied. But we know the pace is there from that session so the race should be good. As with everyone else the red flag came out at the wrong time and I hit a lot of traffic in the final stages but overall it’s a strong showing.’


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