Brands Hatch European F3: Alex Lynn claims maiden win

Alex Lynn claimed his maiden win in the Formula 3 European Championship after leading from start to finish at Brands Hatch on Saturday morning

Brands Hatch European F3: Alex Lynn claims maiden win

From pole position, Lynn held off the challenge of championship-leading Prema team-mate Raffaele Marciello at the first corner.

The Italian put the local man under pressure throughout the race, and from before mid-distance the leading pair of Dallara-Mercedes cars had to deal with a host of lapped traffic.

Marciello got very close with eight laps remaining, but Lynn held firm to take his second top-level F3 victory, after winning a British F3 round at Silverstone last season.

The third Prema driver, Lucas Auer, got muscled out by Sven Muller and Felix Rosenqvist in the first couple of corners. But he repassed Rosenqvist's Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes into Surtees on lap 29 of 51.

Six laps later, a disconsolate Muller coasted his Ma-Con Dallara-Volkswagen to a stop, parking on the grass on the exit of Druids. That meant Auer completed a Prema 1-2-3.

Harry Tincknell was also one to face problems with lapped traffic, the Carlin Dallara-VW getting a chop from Tatiana Calderon, but he managed to just hold off fellow Britons Tom Blomqvist (EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes), Jordan King (Carlin) and Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes) in a close quartet for fifth.

Jann Mardenborough ran among this group but lost some places, starting when King passed him at Paddock. That meant Will Buller's T-Sport Dallara-Nissan and non-registered Carlin runner Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10.

With Kvyat not eligible for points, this gifted the final score to Antonio Giovinazzi, who wriggled his Double R Racing Dallara-Mercedes clear of a tight midfield group.

Results - 51 laps:

Pos Driver              Team/Car                        Time/Gap
 1. Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              35m38.635s
 2. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc              + 0.680s
 3. Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              + 7.728s
 4. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              + 8.843s
 5. Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               + 21.824s
 6. Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-VW    + 21.895s
 7. Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               + 22.481s
 8. Josh Hill           Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 22.903s
 9. Will Buller         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          + 25.647s
10. Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               + 31.958s
11. Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           + 32.703s
12. Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-VW                  + 41.243s
13. Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               + 1 lap
14. Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 1 lap
15. Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          + 1 lap
16. Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 1 lap
17. Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              + 1 lap
18. Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              + 1 lap
19. Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             + 1 lap
20. Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              + 1 lap
21. Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               + 1 lap
22. Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           + 1 lap
23. Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           + 1 lap
24. Mans Grenhagen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       + 1 lap
25. Michela Cerruti     Ferraris Dallara-Merc           + 1 lap

Retirements:

   Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       0 laps
   Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               0 laps
   Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               0 laps

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