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Lynn claims home win for Red Bull ahead of Bernstorff

by Peter Allen
Alex Lynn

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service

Alex Lynn claimed his second win from as many Saturday races in GP3 as he took a home victory for Red Bull in Austria.

Lynn made a great getaway from pole position to lead into turn one ahead of Carlin team-mate Emil Bernstorff, while the poor-starting Alex Fontana collided with the Marussia Manor car of Dean Stoneman, putting both out on the spot and triggering a safety car.

After the restart, Lynn and Bernstorff traded fastest laps but it was Lynn who won out, finishing up 2.7 seconds ahead.

Richie Stanaway took third at the start from eighth on the grid, but a sloppy restart saw him passed by Jimmy Eriksson, who held on for the rest of the race to repeat his Barcelona podium.

Once again the three most recent German F3 champions were largely inseparable, with Marvin Kirchhofer following Eriksson and Stanaway home.

Matheo Tuscher put in a storming drive from 14th on the grid, with the 17-year-old getting up to eighth on the opening lap and then at the restart passing Luis Sa Silva and Nick Yelloly, who will form the front row of the grid for race two after completing the top eight finishers.

Patrick Kujala made it home in ninth after being involved in the Fontana-Stoneman contact, while Patric Niederhauser held off Arden team-mate Jann Mardenborough to score the final point.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Alex Lynn Carlin 18 laps in 25:50.556
2 Emil Bernstorff Carlin +2.764
3 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP +8.385
4 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix +10.309
5 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix +10.958
6 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport +12.128
7 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix +12.597
8 Luis Sa Silva Carlin +16.707
9 Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing +17.647
10 Patric Niederhauser Arden International +18.434
11 Jann Mardenborough Arden International +18.845
12 Roman de Beer Trident +19.474
13 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport +19.979
14 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport +20.252
15 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix +24.748
16 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP +25.285
17 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +34.407
18 Victor Carbone Trident +34.896
19 Nikolay Martsenko Hilmer Motorsport +39.069
20 Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP +58.532
Not classified
Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport +9 laps
Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport +13 laps
Alfonso Celis Status Grand Prix +13 laps
Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing +18 laps
Robert Visoiu Arden International +18 laps
Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix +18 laps