Red Bull Ring GP3: Alex Lynn leads commanding Carlin one-two
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, June 21st 2014, 16:02 GMT|
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.
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