Celebration time for Carlin: Alex Lynn converted his second consecutive pole of his career into a strong lights to flag victory in Austria, with teammate Emil Bernstorff closely following him home to record his maiden GP3 podium. Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson took the final spot on the rostrum in third.
The atmosphere on the grid was electric with very passionate fans at the Red Bull Ring making themselves heard and as the lights went out it was pole sitter Lynn who made a good getaway to hold position. Behind him however, there was a first corner incident involving Alex Fontana (ART Grand Prix) and the Marussia Manor Racing pair of Dean Stoneman and Patrick Kujala. The Finn was able to continue as the trio made light contact but it was a premature end to the race for Fontana and Stoneman. Arden International’s Robert Visoiu also retired on the opening lap.
Bernstorff made a blazing start to move into P2 behind his teammate Lynn. The safety car was deployed following the incident on lap one and once action resumed Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) was in a hurry to move up the order, passing Eriksson, but the Swede fought back as the two tussled with the Koiranen GP driver making his move to reclaim P3.
Lynn pulled out almost a one second margin over Bernstorff with a further gap of almost four seconds back to their nearest rivals. Alfonso Celis. Jr (Status Grand Prix) made contact with the rear of Adderly Fong’s Jenzer Motorsport car and the duo both retired.
The Carlin pair traded fastest laps for a number of laps but it was Series leader Lynn who got the edge and achieved the quickest lap of the race to pocket a further two points for his efforts. Lynn increased his advantage to over three seconds as the race went on.
Hilmer Motorsport rookie Riccardo Agostini who had a produced a promising qualifying and was running in the top ten retired at the midway point of the race. Marvin Kirchhöfer had his claws into Stanaway but the Kiwi resisted his moves to hold onto fourth, a few seconds behind Eriksson. Nick Yelloly also had his mirrors full with Luis Sa Silva with the Brit getting the better of his former teammate.
After 18 laps the chequered flag was waved and it was Lynn and Bernstorff first across the line much to the joy of their British squad. Eriksson, Stanaway, Kirchhöfer, Mathéo Tuscher (Jenzer Motorsport) and Yelloly completed the top seven. Sa Silva scored his first GP3 point and will start from reverse pole in Race 2. Kujala finished ninth, ahead of Patric Niederhauser who defended with all his might from his Arden International teammate Jann Mardenborough in the closing laps.
Lynn increases his advantage in the Drivers’ Standings, the Brit is now on 62 points with Eriksson in second on 37. Stanaway (35), Kirchhöfer (26) and Mathéo Tuscher (24) complete the top five. After all three Carlin drivers have scored points in Race 1, they sit pretty at the top of the Teams’ Standings on 85, with Status Grand Prix (45), ART Grand Prix (44), Koiranen GP (37) and Marussia Manor Racing (35) rounding out the top five.
Catch Race 2 tomorrow morning at 09.25 local time when the fight for supremacy continues!
Spielberg – Race 1
1. Alex Lynn Carlin
2. Emil Bernstorff Carlin
3. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP
4. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix
5. Marvin Kirchhöfer ART Grand Prix
6. Mathéo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport
7. Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix
8. Luis Sa Silva Carlin
9. Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing
10. Patric Niederhauser Arden International
11. Jann Mardenborough Arden International
12. Roman De Beer Trident
13. Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport
14. Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport
15. Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix
16. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP
17. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing
18. Victor Carbone Trident
19. Nikolay Martsenko Hilmer Motorsport
20. Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP
Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport
Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Dean Stoneman Status Grand Prix
Marussia Manor Racing
Robert Visoiu Arden International
Fastest Lap : Alex Lynn– Carlin : 1 :21. 557 on lap 17