Motorsport: Red Bull Junior Lynn extends lead in GP3 championship with win
PUBLISHED: 12:47 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:47 25 June 2014
Dunmow’s Alex Lynn claimed his second GP3 win of the season to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship.
The 20-year-old Red Bull Junior driver took another pole to flag victory, collecting fastest lap in the process, as he blew his competitors away in the feature race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Lynn said: “It was crucial to keep up the momentum gained from winning my debut GP3 race in the second round at the Red Bull Ring – especially as I’m a Red Bull Junior, so it was like a ‘home’ race for us, even though it’s in Austria!
“I did a lot of work preparing for this with the Carlin team, and it was so satisfying to end the weekend with my second GP3 win, and to still be on top of the championship.”
Once again it was not a perfect weekend for Lynn, however. Starting the sprint race from eighth, under the reversed grid rules, the Carlin racer damaged his front wing in a collision and was forced to pit. He could not recover and finished down in 20th.
It was the second sprint race in a row he has failed to score points.
Despite the setback, Lynn still leads the championship by 13 points from Jimmy Eriksson because more points are available for feature races.
The Dunmow man made a clean start from pole in last week’s opening event, and overcame an early safety car to control his advantage all the way to the finish, winning the 18-lap race by a comfortable margin.
“Knowing that we had the extra pace, I was really confident for race one. I knew that if I got the start right I’d be pretty difficult to beat. It was the same as at Barcelona in the opening round – both our race pace and qualifying was really strong,” Lynn added.
“I think we’ve proved quite convincingly over the first two weekends that we’ve been quickest. I’ve come away with two big wins, two big trophies and two big hauls of points, so I’m happy about that.
“Next up is Silverstone. I’ve always gone really well there, with wins in Formula Renault and Formula 3. But this will be different – racing in front of the British Grand Prix crowd. I’m pumped about it and I’m going to be training hard, making that extra effort. I really want to show what I’ve got there.”
The third round of the GP3 championship takes place from July 4-6.