Brands Hatch European F3: Alex Lynn takes pole hat-trick

Alex Lynn took a triple pole position for this weekend's Formula 3 European Championship races at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch European F3: Alex Lynn takes pole hat-trick

Local man Lynn had a thrilling battle with Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes team-mate Lucas Auer in the first even-numbered session, edging out the Austrian by 0.049 seconds.

Their times were easily faster than championship leader Raffaele Marciello, who topped the odd group, in which times were slower before the track rubbered in.

The gap between Lynn and Auer was even narrower on second-fastest times, which set the grid for race two, with just 0.035s splitting the pair. Marciello was again quickest on second-best times from the odd numbers.

Marciello was top of the second odd-numbered session when it was red-flagged with less than two minutes remaining due to a heavy shunt for Michael Lewis at Paddock Hill Bend.

It took 20 minutes to extract the American from his Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes, and a further five before he was stretched into an ambulance and taken to the medical centre. He was conscious immediately after the impact, although there is no official update on his condition yet.

The delay meant that the second even-numbered session had to be reduced from 20 minutes to 15 owing to the circuit curfew.

Lynn finally bettered Marciello's best by a mere thousandth of a second and, with Auer second behind him again, this means that the top three on the grid for all three races will be Lynn, Marciello and Auer.

Sven Muller will line his Ma-Con Dallara-Volkswagen up from fourth position for the first two races, after narrowly edging out Harry Tincknell's Carlin Dallara-VW in the opening odd session. Tincknell turned the tables later on, securing a second-row berth ahead of Mans Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-VW) and Muller.

Felix Rosenqvist is on the third row for all three races, the Mucke Motorsport driver not quite having an answer to Lynn and Auer in either of the even-number groups.

Tom Blomqvist (pictured) secured two fourth-row slots in his EuroInternational Dallara-Merc, while Jordan King achieved that feat once in his Carlin machine.

Josh Hill claimed a hat-trick of fifth-row starts as he headed the Fortec Motorsport trio, and will line up alongside Welsh single-seater rookie Jann Mardenborough's Carlin entry in all three races. The other driver to claim a top-10 grid slot was the unfortunate Lewis.

Race one grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time 1. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 41.098s Group B 2. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 41.310s Group A 3. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 41.147s Group B 4. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 41.395s Group A 5. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.182s Group B 6. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 41.425s Group A 7. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-VW 41.267s Group B 8. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.704s Group A 9. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.367s Group B 10. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 41.731s Group A 11. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 41.458s Group B 12. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 41.756s Group A 13. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 41.487s Group B 14. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW 41.756s Group A 15. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 41.585s Group B 16. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.798s Group A 17. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 41.610s Group B 18. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 41.801s Group A 19. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.692s Group B 20. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 41.816s Group A 21. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.785s Group B 22. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-VW 41.827s Group A 23. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 41.936s Group B 24. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 42.053s Group A 25. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 42.091s Group B 26. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 42.146s Group A 27. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 42.384s Group B 28. Michela Cerruti Ferraris Dallara-Merc 43.371s Group A 29. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 42.560s Group B Race two: Pos Driver Team/Car Time 1. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 41.189s Group A 2. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 41.367s Group B 3. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 41.224s Group A 4. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 41.477s Group B 5. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.247s Group A 6. Harry Tincknell  Carlin Dallara-VW 41.486s Group B 7. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-VW 41.282s Group A 8. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.725s Group B 9. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.374s Group A 10. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 41.777s Group B 11. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 41.505s Group A 12. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 41.799s Group B 13. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 41.622s Group A 14. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 41.810s Group B 15. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 41.638s Group A 16. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW 41.890s Group B 17. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 41.646s Group A 18. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 41.955s Group B 19. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.701s Group A 20. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-VW 41.980s Group B 21. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.899s Group A 22. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 42.033s Group B 23. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 41.942s Group A 24. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 42.068s Group B 25. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 42.168s Group A 26. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.152s Group B 27. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 42.418s Group A 28. Michela Cerruti Ferraris Dallara-Merc 43.401s Group B 29. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 42.613s Group A Race three grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time 1. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 40.845s Group B 2. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 40.846s Group A 3. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 40.970s Group B 4. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 41.052s Group A 5. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 40.982s Group B 6. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 41.245s Group A 7. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 41.206s Group B 8. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 41.247s Group A 9. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.257s Group B 10. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 41.285s Group A 11. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-VW 41.260s Group B 12. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 41.322s Group A 13. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 41.306s Group B 14. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW 41.332s Group A 15. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 41.324s Group B 16. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-VW 41.382s Group A 17. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 41.486s Group B 18. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 41.396s Group A 19. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.498s Group B 20. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.537s Group A 21. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 41.549s Group B 22. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 41.554s Group A 23. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 41.885s Group B 24. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 41.557s Group A 25. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 41.998s Group B 26. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 41.689s Group A 27. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 42.040s Group B 28. Michela Cerruti Ferraris Dallara-Merc 43.184s Group A 29. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 42.206s Group B 
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