Spa GP3: Lynn beats title rival Stanaway after thrilling duel
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, August 24th 2014, 08:08 GMT|
Alex Lynn scored his third 2014 GP3 Series victory at Spa-Francorchamps but was made to work hard by title rival Richie Stanaway, who briefly led him for two corners.
Poleman Lynn, who only inherited reversed-grid pole when Matheo Tuscher spun out of the lead on Saturday, made a great start and led Stanaway by 1.4 seconds on the opening lap.
But Lynn had a massive slide at Les Combes and almost spun at half distance, allowing Stanaway ahead of him.
Lynn fought back and repassed him just two corners later at Rivage, where Stanaway ran wide and dropped back from the leader again.
Lynn had no further dramas, and recorded a two-second victory over Stanaway to extend his lead to 34 points.
Alex Fontana finished a distant third, ahead of Jann Mardenborough and Nick Yelloly.
Emil Bernstorff pulled some gutsy moves on Dean Stoneman at Eau Rouge on the opening lap and Dino Zamparelli on the grass on the Kemmel Straight.
Zamparelli finished seventh, while Pal Varhaug just held off a charging Stoneman at the finish.
Results - 13 laps Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Alex Lynn Carlin 28m25.130s 2. Richie Stanaway Status +2.050s 3. Alex Fontana ART +7.947s 4. Jann Mardenborough Arden +13.530s 5. Nick Yelloly Status +14.501s 6. Emil Bernstorff Carlin +14.758s 7. Dino Zamparelli ART +16.745s 8. Pal Varhaug Jenzer +19.075s 9. Dean Stoneman Manor +19.092s 10. Nelson Mason Hilmer +20.980s 11. Kevin Ceccon Jenzer +22.067s 12. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer +34.829s 13. Ryan Cullen Manor +40.131s 14. Luca Ghiotto Trident +40.616s 15. Alfonso Celis Status +43.370s 16. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer +46.892s 17. Marvin Kirchhofer ART +51.011s 18. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen +52.123s 19. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen +52.777s 20. Robert Visoiu Arden +54.430s 21. Patrick Kujala Manor +54.868s 22. John Bryant-Meisner Trident +58.526s 23. Luis Sa Silva Carlin -1 lap
Retirements Carmen Jorda Koiranen 9 laps Patric Niederhauser Arden 4 laps Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer 0 laps