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Red Bull Ring GP3: Alex Lynn tops tight qualifying for Carlin

Alex Lynn takes Red Bull Ring GP3 pole 2014

Alex Lynn registered his second pole position of the season in round two of the GP3 Series at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday morning in a thrillingly-competitive qualifying session.

In cool alpine conditions, with an air temp of only 12C, Lynn's session started badly when he went off at Turn 1 on his first flying lap.

He quickly recovered his composure to set two identical 1m21.043s laps in his Carlin machine, and these stood as the fastest time on the first set of tyres.

As the track rubbered-in during the second runs, Lynn dropped down to sixth, as Marvin Kirchhofer (ART) and Patrick Kujala (Manor) swapped the top spot between them. Then ART's Alex Fontana went quickest, just as Lynn got trapped in traffic.

But with just 34 seconds remaining in the session, Lynn recorded a 1m20.585s to beat Fontana to P1 by 0.023s, with Manor's Dean Stoneman in third, 0.079s off the best time.

Lynn's chances of improving on his very last lap were thwarted by Stoneman, whom he caught at the apex of Turn 8 as his fellow Brit was returning to the pits.

Lynn's team-mate Emil Bernstorff will start fourth, ahead of Kujala.

Jimmy Eriksson was sixth, from Kirchhofer, Ritchie Stanaway and Nick Yelloly.

Pos  Driver               Team      Time       Gap
 1.  Alex Lynn            Carlin    1m20.585s
 2.  Alex Fontana         ART       1m20.608s  +0.023s
 3.  Dean Stoneman        Manor     1m20.664s  +0.079s
 4.  Emil Bernstorff      Carlin    1m20.693s  +0.108s
 5.  Patrick Kujala       Manor     1m20.744s  +0.159s
 6.  Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen  1m20.797s  +0.212s
 7.  Marvin Kirchhofer    ART       1m20.863s  +0.278s
 8.  Richie Stanaway      Status    1m20.974s  +0.389s
 9.  Nick Yelloly         Status    1m21.071s  +0.486s
10.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    1m21.142s  +0.557s
11.  Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer    1m21.149s  +0.564s
12.  Dino Zamparelli      ART       1m21.168s  +0.583s
13.  Nelson Mason         Hilmer    1m21.193s  +0.608s
14.  Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer    1m21.225s  +0.640s
15.  Jann Mardenborough   Arden     1m21.227s  +0.642s
16.  Patric Niederhauser  Arden     1m21.236s  +0.651s
17.  Robert Visoiu        Arden     1m21.309s  +0.724s
18.  Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen  1m21.382s  +0.797s
19.  Roman de Beer        Trident   1m21.491s  +0.906s
20.  Alfonso Celis        Status    1m21.591s  +1.006s
21.  Pal Varhaug          Jenzer    1m21.654s  +1.069s
22.  Adderly Fong         Jenzer    1m21.908s  +1.323s
23.  Victor Carbone       Trident   1m22.125s  +1.540s
24.  Nikolay Martsenko    Hilmer    1m22.171s  +1.586s
25.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     1m22.259s  +1.674s
26.  Carmen Jorda         Koiranen  1m23.802s  +3.217s
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