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Lynn on track for top rookie spot
10:17am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
A DOMINANT drive to the chequered flag at the latest round in Italy has kept Alex Lynn in pole position to seal his place as the top rookie in this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
The 20-year-old knows a strong finish to his first European F3 season and a good showing at the Macau Grand Prix next month could go a long way to helping him become a Formula 1 driver in the future.
The Formula 3 European Championship is renowned as an important proving ground for Formula 1 stars, with Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean among the current crop of drivers to have progressed through it en route to the top tier of motorsport.
And Lynn, who is from Dunmow near Braintree, kept his dreams of joining them on track with a strong display at the Italian circuit of Vallelunga.
The rising star swept home in dominant fashion in the second race of the weekend to take his third win of the season and added third and fourth positions in the other two races to net himself a healthy points score.
Those results put Lynn in prime position to wrap up third in the championship at this weekend’s final round at Hockenheim, an achievement that would mean he finished as the highest-placed series rookie.
He said: “Third in the championship looks pretty likely barring a disaster, so I’ve got to be pleased with that, but of course I’ll be going for another win or two to finish off the season and put me in a roll for the Macau Grand Prix in November.”
In qualifying Lynn drove his Mercedes-powered Prema Powerteam Dallara to a pole position, a third and a fifth on the grid for the three races at Vallelunga.
From starting third on the grid in the opening race, he held that position to the end, before driving from pole position to take the chequered flag with a five-second cushion to the next car in the second race.
“If only races were like that all the time,” added Lynn.
“It reminded me of my Formula Renault UK Championship-winning season in 2011.
“Our pace was really, really strong.
“I expected to be fast compared to the other guys but not that fast.
“We changed quite a few things overnight and the car balance came to us.”
And Lynn rounded off another productive weekend with a fourth-place finish ahead of the final round at Hockenheim in Germany this weekend.
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