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Red Bull Ring GP3: Alex Lynn leads commanding Carlin one-two

Alex Lynn leads Red Bull Ring GP3 2014

Championship leader Alex Lynn won the third round of the 2014 GP3 Series at the Red Bull Ring with a lights-to-flag performance from pole position to extend his points advantage.

Lynn rocketed off the startline to lead from Carlin team-mate Emil Bernstorff.

The Red Bull-backed driver set half a dozen fastest laps throughout the race to win by 2.7 seconds over his fellow Brit.

The other front row starter, Alex Fontana, made a poor start and compounded this error by colliding with Patrick Kujala at Turn 1, which turned him sharp left into the second Manor car of Barcelona race two winner Dean Stoneman, who was then collected by Robert Visoiu.

All three were out and the mess caused an early safety car.

NEWS UPDATE: Fontana punished for start crash

Richie Stanaway held third early on for Status GP, but was passed by Koiranen's Jimmy Eriksson, which was a legacy of Stanaway making an error at Turn 8 just before the restart.

Eriksson made the move stick at Turn 3, and pulled away to the tune of two seconds by the flag.

Behind Stanaway, Marvin Kirchhofer finished fifth, keeping Matheo Tuscher and Nick Yelloly at bay.

Luis Sa Silva finished eighth to claim reversed-grid pole, making it a perfect result for Carlin.

Results - 18 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team        Time/Gap
 1.  Alex Lynn            Carlin    25m50.556s
 2.  Emil Bernstorff      Carlin       +2.764s
 3.  Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen     +8.385s
 4.  Richie Stanaway      Status      +10.309s
 5.  Marvin Kirchhofer    ART         +10.958s
 6.  Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer      +12.128s
 7.  Nick Yelloly         Status      +12.597s
 8.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin      +16.707s
 9.  Patrick Kujala       Manor       +17.647s
10.  Patric Niederhauser  Arden       +18.434s
11.  Jann Mardenborough   Arden       +18.845s
12.  Roman de Beer        Trident     +19.474s
13.  Pal Varhaug          Jenzer      +19.979s
14.  Nelson Mason         Hilmer      +20.252s
15.  Dino Zamparelli      ART         +24.748s
16.  Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen    +25.285s
17.  Ryan Cullen          Manor       +34.407s
18.  Victor Carbone       Trident     +34.896s
19.  Nikolay Martsenko    Hilmer      +39.069s
20.  Carmen Jorda         Koiranen    +58.532s

Retirements:

     Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer        9 laps
     Adderly Fong         Jenzer        5 laps
     Alfonso Celis Jr     Status        5 laps
     Alex Fontana         ART           0 laps
     Dean Stoneman        Manor         0 laps
     Robert Visoiu        Arden         0 laps
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