Motor star Lynn tastes success in Spa

PUBLISHED: 15:29 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 08 May 2017

Alex Lynn, centre

Alex Lynn, centre

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Alex Lynn tasted success in Spa and now wants more of the same at Le Mans.

The Dunmow driver won the LMP2 class at the 6 Hours of Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which is ideal preparation for the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 17-18.

It was Lynn’s first ever WEC success, and he called his triumph as part of a three-man G-Drive team ‘really, really cool’.

Lynn, along with team-mates Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thirlet, turned a pole position into victory after finishing ahead of the #31 Vaillante Rebellion trio of Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal.

It had looked like it would be a close finish between the two, but a final hour issue for the Valliante team ensured Lynn and his team-mates took maximum points from the weekend.

Speaking about the win, Lynn said: “Winning the LMP2 class is really, really cool. What can I say?

“I had such a good feeling going into the weekend. I felt that everyone at the G-Drive Racing team had really done their homework and got their heads down since the opening round at Silverstone, because that had been a disappointing race for us.”

“Roman started the race in our car…[and brought] the car home within touching distance of the lead.

“I took over at the wheel and caught up Julien Canal in the Rebellion Racing car and Alex Brundle in the Jackie Chan DC Racing car, and we leapfrogged them at the next pit stops.”

Lynn added: “I pulled away from them. Over my two stints I gained 25 seconds and from my side I was a bit disappointed with that, but that was mainly because Canal was driving so well.

“Pierre did a great job against Nico Prost and he was within a few seconds of Prost when he handed our car back to me.

“We were two hours from the finish, and I knew Bruno Senna would get in the Rebellion car and technically there should be nothing between us on pace – this was going to be close. I was leading at the penultimate stops when Rebellion lost over a minute taping down their aerial, which had worked loose.

“I had to triple-stint my tyres, holding the gap constant without taking anything out of the rubber. If I did that, I could control the race and bring it home, which I did. Overall I drove 90 laps and it was a massive pleasure, especially coming away with the win.”

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