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Aug 23, 2014 - 01:43 PM
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Bernstorff Clinches Front Row Start At Spa
Posted by: newsla on Aug 23, 2014 - 01:40 PM
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Bernstorff Clinches Front Row Start At Spa


Emil Bernstorff will line up on the front row of the grid ahead of this afternoon’s opening race of the GP3 Series race weekend at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps. It was a tricky wet session for the Carlin drivers as they set their laps however Bernstorff dealt with the conditions well to claim second as his own. Championship leader Alex Lynn was also on form and will line up in fifth overall with Birthday boy Luis Sa Silva starting from 20th.

 

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As is normal service for Spa-Francorchamps rain and dark skies graced the track this morning meaning that wet tyres were the order of service as the GP3 cars took to the track. The long circuit provided an extended period before any flying laps were set – and the field had to wait longer than usual as yellow flags came out to deal with the stricken car of Carmen Jorda who was the first to fall foul of the tricky conditions.

When the cars were able to set their flying laps, Championship leader Lynn was looking once again like the man to beat – the Red Bull Junior had soon put his Carlin car at the very top however the conditions were throwing up some interesting laps and he was soon pushed to second position overall.

Sa Silva, who is celebrating his birthday today, had moved up to 11th with his opening lap however came in to the pits just before the mid-point of the session for a change of tyres. While waiting in the pit lane however the times began to dramatically change as the track became faster and faster – this in turn saw the Angolan racer lie in 17th as he re-took to the track.

Meanwhile Lynn and Bernstorff were still out on track with the pair running in second and fifth respectively. They made a brief appearance in the pit lane for their tyre change before returning to the circuit for their final runs. And it was soon clear that Lynn was on a charge – he moved up to second however Bernstorff behind was not one to sit back and had soon bettered the time to clinch second as his own.

The final long lap was one of trying not to encounter traffic or make any mistakes – sadly Lynn was unable to improve on this time however will still line up in a strong fifth position as the race gets underway this afternoon. Bernstorff meanwhile found no one to trouble him for his position and will start from the front row of the grid in second place. Meanwhile the conditions meant that Sa Silva was one of the many who didn’t improve and will start in 20th position.

Speaking of his front row start Bernstorff said, ‘It was a good qualifying for me to get the front row start after the summer break. On the first set of tyres it was a case of getting my lines right and seeing where the wettest parts were. Then when I went on to my second set I was able to relax and put the lap in. I got a little bit held up as I went in to the final corner so I think pole position was there for us but we missed out on that. However I’m pleased to be starting from the front row and look forward to a solid race this afternoon.’


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