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Lynn Victorious At Spa
Posted by: newsla on Aug 24, 2014 - 04:12 PM
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Lynn Victorious At Spa


Carlin’s Alex Lynn took an impressive victory at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this morning. The young Brit withstood race long pressure from Richie Stanaway in a tense fight for the lead to take his third victory of the season and extend his championship lead further. Team mate Emil Bernstorff put in tough fight to move up to sixth from ninth on the grid, while Luis Sa Silva was lucky to escape uninjured from a big impact at Eau Rouge.

 

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Lynn made a good start as the lights went out to move keep second placed man Richie Stanaway at bay in the run into La Source. Bernstorff also put in a brave move on Dean Stoneman on the run into Eau Rouge to take eighth place while Sa Silva stayed clear of any incidents to be 16th at the end of lap one.

Lynn was still pushing next time round, posting the fastest lap of the race so far on lap two and holding a 1.8 second gap over the experienced Stanaway. Stanaway responded on the next lap, posting an even faster lap, with the gap now down to 1.4 seconds.

The fight between Lynn and Stanaway for the lead promised to be a close race long battle. The pair remained no more two seconds apart for the majority of the first half of the race, trading fastest laps. Stanaway briefly took the lead as Lynn struggled under braking at Les Combes, but Lynn fought hard to retake the lead and did so two corners later. Next time round, Lynn had already recovered to rebuild a 1.4 second buffer back to Stanaway.

Behind the leaders Bernstorff did well to avoid Pal Varhaug who re-joined the track rather dangerously after a multi-car battle. The Carlin driver grasped the opportunity ahead of him though, passing Varhaug to take seventh place. The Anglo-Danish driver wasn’t content with seventh though, Bernstorff saw a struggling Dino Zamparelli ahead of him and after a strong run out of Eau Rouge took sixth place with just two laps remaining.

The final drama of the race came for Sa Silva on the last lap; the Angolan racer - who celebrated his birthday yesterday – had a huge impact into the tyre wall after getting out of shape through Eau Rouge. Despite heavy damage to his GP3 machine, the Carlin man was able to climb quickly from his car giving the thumbs up to concerned spectators and marshals.

Further down the track, Lynn was still controlling proceedings and despite race long pressure from Stanaway crossed the line to extend his championship lead and his third victory of the season by two seconds. After a very feisty drive, Bernstorff came home to take points for sixth place.

Reflecting on the race, Lynn said, “I think this race was a real mental battle between myself and Richie [Stanaway] today. The amount we pulled on the rest of the field I think showed how much we wanted the victory! It really was a great battle and I’m very happy to take the win – I really needed this. I did lose the lead briefly at one point, Richie was able to brake much later than me at Les Combes and was taking so much out of me there. The car was great around the rest of the circuit and I managed to get the position back and take the victory.”

Trevor Carlin added, “I’m delighted for Alex today. He drove a great race under pressure and thoroughly deserved this result. Emil put in one of the stand out performances of the race with several very brave moves, showing again what a strong racer he is. Thankfully Luis is fine after a very heavy impact at the end of the race, so we’re thankful for that.”

The GP3 drivers will return to action in two weeks’ time at the historic Monza circuit in Italy. -Ends-

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