Lynn takes first blood at Yas Marina

Carlin’s Alex Lynn fastest in Free Practice in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull Junior Team’s Alex Lynn has started with maximum attack this weekend. The young Brit could seal the coveted GP3 crown in qualifying later today and he opened the final round of the 2014 season in the best possible style topping the first session. Status Grand Prix’s Nick Yelloly and ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer completed the top three.

In a change of the normal schedule, GP3 began the proceedings on Friday with the forty-five minute practice run in the morning. There are several changes to the driver line-up: Chinese rookie Ling Kang joins Trident, running in the #23 car, whilst Ryan Cullen returns to the Series – also with the Italian squad in the #24 machine.

Dino Zamparelli headed the timings early on whilst Richie Stanaway missed a large portion of the session due to technical gremlins. Series leader Lynn was first to lap in the 1m58’s with twenty minutes left on the clock. Kirchhöfer was on a charge though and bettered the Brit’s time, dipping into the 1m57’s, almost three tenths faster.

Dean Stoneman – the only driver who can prevent Lynn from taking the title this weekend lit up the timing screens to go fastest as the positions began to tumble furiously in the final minutes. It was that man Lynn again though who posted the quickest sector two and three times to re-claim his spot at the top of the timesheet. Kirchhöfer did his best to match him, just shy of the Carlin driver, before Yelloly demoted the German to third as the chequered flag came out.

The final ten finished as: Lynn, Yelloly, Kirchhöfer, Stoneman, Patric Niederhauser, Alex Fontana, Patrick Kujala, Dino Zamparelli, Emil Bernstorff and Luis Sa Silva.

Qualifying takes place today (compared to it normally running on a Saturday). The thirty minute session will commence at 15:10 local time (GMT+4) and it could be the most decisive one of the year with Lynn potentially grabbing the title.

Free Practice – Yas Marina

 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:56.241
18
2.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:56.268
18
3.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:56.324
18
4.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.469
15
5.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:57.125
19
6.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:57.149
18
7.
Patrick Kujala
Trident
1:57.212
18
8.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:57.223
18
9.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:57.268
20
10.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:57.462
17
11.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.502
21
12.
Kevin Ceccon
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.533
19
13.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:57.545
18
14.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.616
19
15.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:57.787
18
16.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:57.882
16
17.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:58.082
13
18.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:58.707
11
19.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:58.810
15
20.
Ryan Cullen
Trident
1:59.087
18
21.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:59.189
16
22.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:59.195
17
23.
Ling Kang
Trident
2:01.129
18

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Series GP3
Event Yas Marina
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Pal Varhaug , Dean Stoneman , Jimmy Eriksson , Luis Sa Silva , Dino Zamparelli , Alex Fontana , Emil Bernstorff , Kevin Ceccon , Nick Yelloly , Richie Stanaway , Jann Mardenborough , Robert Visoiu , Matheo Tuscher , Patric Niederhauser , Alex Lynn , Patrick Kujala , Riccardo Agostini , Ryan Cullen , Marvin Kirchhofer , Santiago Urrutia , Nelson Mason , Kang Ling
Teams Carlin , ART Grand Prix , Trident , Arden International , Status Grand Prix , Hilmer Motorsport , Jenzer Motorsport , Koiranen GP
Article type Practice report
Tags arden international, art grand prix, carlin, koiranen gp, status grand prix