Lynn beats Stanaway to GP3 win at Spa
24 August 2014 – Alex Lynn extended his GP3 title lead after he drove from pole position to victory during the second race of the weekend at a damp but drying Spa-Francorchamps.
Lynn started at the head of the field and only briefly lost the lead to rival Richie Stanaway, whom he quickly re-passed to regain an advantage which he would not lose. Stanaway followed Lynn home, while Alex Fontana completed the podium for ART.
Overnight rain left the circuit damp but the drivers opted for slicks due to a drying line appearing, although the track temperature only just broke into double figures.
Lynn led away at the start while Stanaway retained second place. The duo stormed away from third-placed Alex Fontana on the first lap as the field rapidly spread out.
Lynn and Stanaway continued onwards at a similar pace, with Fontana holding third despite locking up and running off track at Les Combes.
At the mid-point Stanaway claimed the lead into Malmedy when Lynn slid wide at Les Combes, but the Status driver locked up into Rivage, allowing Lynn to re-claim an advantage which he lost mere moments before.
Lynn ultimately held on and eventually claimed victory over Stanaway by two seconds. Fontana edged away from Jann Mardenborough to take the final podium place, while Nick Yelloly was close behind in fifth.
Emil Bernstoff had a fine drive to sixth as he took to the grass along the Kemmel Straight to pass compatriot Dino Zamparelli, while Pål Varhaug slipped to eighth when he went off at La Source.
Patric Niederhauser and Luis Sá Silva were the biggest casualties; Niederhauser crashed on the run to Les Combes, while Sá Silva had an enormous shunt on the last lap at Raidillion. Neither driver was injured.
Lynn now leads Stanaway in the championship by 32 points.
The next round of the GP3 season takes place at Monza on the weekend of September 6-7