Debut Sepring 12 success for Dunmow's Lynn
PUBLISHED: 11:33 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 22 March 2017
Dunmow motor racing star Alex Lynn has added his name to a list which includes such greats as Sir Sterling Moss and John Surtees by triumphing in the Sebring 12 Hours endurance race in America.
As part of the three-man Wayne Taylor Racing/Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R team alongside brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, former GP2 racer Lynn tasted victory on his debut.
He said: “Victory on my first attempt at the Sebring 12 Hours, well, I was dreaming of a win but, in the run-up to the race, all I knew was we had a good chance, and that we could obviously do it.
“But this is a dream. I’m really happy it surpassed all my expectations.
“I joined Wayne Taylor Racing for Sebring and Petit Le Mans in October.
“These are two of the classic endurance races, and so is the Daytona 24 Hours, which the team won in January.
“On that occasion, Wayne’s sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor - both of whom are top endurance drivers in their own right - were driving with sportscar superstar Max Angelelli and NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon in the brand-new Cadillac DPi-V.R.
“This time I was sharing with Jordan and Ricky. So effectively, I was replacing Max and Jeff - no pressure then.
“We had a good test at Sebring a couple of weeks ago, and then free practice was good.
“We topped the second session and were second in the third.
“But we had a car issue in qualifying, when Ricky drove, and there was a bit of a wrong decision on tyre pressures and stuff, but we still felt good for the race.
His team were to take top spot by 13.614seconds.
There is no let-up for the Essex race star as he now travels to Germany for his next challenge.
Lynn added: “Now it’s a quick change before heading to the Nurburgring for my first taste of the legendary 16-mile Nordschleife in next weekend’s VLN race.
“That’s a warm-up for the 24 Hours, which I’m doing with BMW.
“Next weekend I’m in an M235i just to get my licence to race on the circuit, but that’s certainly a daunting challenge and I’m excited to see how we get on.”