Debut Sepring 12 success for Dunmow’s Lynn
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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.
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“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.
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“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.”