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Lynn cruises to win on his GP3 debut in Barcelona

by Peter Allen
Alex Lynn

Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service

Alex Lynn delivered on his pre-season form to claim victory on his GP3 debut in the first race of the season in Barcelona.

The new Red Bull Junior Team recruit saw off an attack into turn one from Marvin Kirchhofer to pull away at the front and take a 2.4 second win.

Kirchhofer recovered from stalling at an aborted start, retaking his place on the front row of the grid and then attempting to pass Lynn into the first corner. The German F3 champion moved to the Briton’s outside but ran too deep.

Kirchhofer rejoined alongside Richie Stanaway and Jimmy Eriksson, with the Swede taking two positions to move up into second. Although Lynn pulled an early gap, Eriksson did manage to keep pace with him at first before dropping back. The result gave Eriksson his first points in GP3 after a nightmare rookie season with Status in 2013.

Status showed their improvement over the winter though, with Stanaway completing the podium in his first single-seater race for 23 months, finishing a lonely third some eight seconds behind Eriksson.

Patrick Kujala claimed his best GP3 result in fourth for Marussia Manor ahead of Kirchhofer, while Dino Zamparelli held off a fast-starting Dean Stoneman for seventh. Stoneman had started the race back in 13th but made up all his places in one lap in a race that was otherwise void of much overtaking.

The best chance of some action in the leading positions was in the battle for eighth and reverse grid pole for race two, but former F2 runner-up Matheo Tuscher was able to hold off a gaggle of cars led by Nick Yelloly and Patric Niederhauser.

There were a number of incidents on the opening lap, including Lynn’s Carlin team-mate Emil Bernstorff running into the gravel at turn five and Roman de Beer hitting the wall on the exit of turn eight after contact.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Alex Lynn Carlin 16 laps in 26:36.158
2 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP +2.451
3 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix +10.417
4 Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing +12.712
5 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix +13.475
6 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix +16.535
7 Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing +17.393
8 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport +19.358
9 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix +19.983
10 Patric Niederhauser Arden International +20.513
11 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix +21.088
12 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport +27.560
13 Robert Visoiu Arden International +28.799
14 Jann Mardenborough Arden International +29.342
15 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +32.313
16 Luis Sa Silva Carlin +33.359
17 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport +35.854
18 Alfonso Celis Status Grand Prix +41.705
19 Beitske Visser Hilmer Motorsport +50.120
20 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP +52.602
21 Denis Nagulin Trident +53.776
22 Ivan Taranov Hilmer Motorsport +1 lap
Not classified
Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport +12 laps
Roman de Beer Trident +16 laps
Victor Carbone Trident +16 laps
Emil Bernstorff Carlin +16 laps
Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP +16 laps