Macau F3: Alex Lynn claims emphatic victory, Felix da Costa second
|By Marcus Simmons||Sunday, November 17th 2013, 08:38 GMT|
Alex Lynn led from start to finish to claim an emphatic win in the 2013 Macau Grand Prix.
The Briton got the jump at the start and crucially managed to hold the lead into the first braking point at Lisboa. After an early safety car, he built up a cushion of over two seconds over the chasing Antonio Felix da Costa.
Da Costa suddenly slashed the gap to just over a second with four laps remaining, but Lynn kept his focus to take the biggest win of his career in his Theodore Racing-backed Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes.
A sluggish start initially dropped da Costa as low as sixth, but he was up to third by Lisboa, behind Pipo Derani.
Da Costa, the 2012 winner, then passed Derani on the outside into Lisboa after the restart and held second place for the rest of the race in his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen.
Raffaele Marciello took rather longer to work his way around Derani, managing it on the seventh lap when he sliced up the inside into Lisboa.
The European Formula 3 champion then chased after da Costa, but lost it at R Bend with five laps to go and bashed the barriers on the outside before ricocheting into the inside wall.
Derani was promoted back to third to complete the podium in his Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes.
Alexander Sims was not too far behind Derani, claiming fourth in his T-Sport Dallara-ThreeBond/Nissan.
He was part of a big fight away from the start with Marciello and Felix Rosenqvist, who made contact coming through Mandarin Oriental. Rosenqvist was sent into the wall and out of the race, failing to complete a lap.
In fifth, Carlin-run Macau GP debutant Jordan King claimed fastest lap on the final tour - it was the quickest lap set by anyone over the entire Macau week.
Will Buller, Stefano Coletti and Carlos Sainz Jr were all in the next battle but a collision forced Coletti out and Buller down the field. Jazeman Jaafar came through to take sixth from the recovering Sainz.
From near the back of the grid, Tom Blomqvist stormed through to eighth, with Nicholas Latifi and Esteban Ocon - who dropped to the back on the opening lap but made a fine recovery - completing the top 10.
The safety car was caused by a big crash at Mandarin Oriental on the opening lap. John Bryant-Meisner hit the barriers, while Sean Gelael spun just behind and Lucas Auer ploughed into him.
Results - 15 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 37m37.975s 2. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin Dallara-VW +1.173s 3. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc +6.795s 4. Alexander Sims T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +8.203s 5. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +9.573s 6. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW +15.547s 7. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW +16.976s 8. Tom Blomqvist Fortec Dallara-Merc +26.160s 9. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW +29.288s 10. Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Merc +30.914s 11. Yuhi Sekiguchi Mucke Dallara-Merc +32.854s 12. Yuichi Nakayama TOM'S Dallara-Toyota +33.790s 13. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc +34.265s 14. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW +36.532s 15. Katsumasa Chiyo B-Max Dallara-Toyota +36.902s 16. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc +37.584s 17. Nelson Mason Zeller Dallara-Merc +39.877s 18. Dennis van de Laar Mucke Dallara-Merc +1m01.651s 19. Ed Jones Fortec Dallara-Merc +1m29.025s Retirements: Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 14 laps Kevin Korjus Double R Dallara-Merc 13 laps Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 9 laps Stefano Coletti Eurointernational Dallara-Merc 7 laps Sun Zheng Double R Dallara-Merc 6 laps Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 0 laps John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc 0 laps Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 0 laps Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 0 laps