Lynn claims victory in qualification race
16 November 2013 – Alex Lynn took victory in Saturday's qualification race for the Macau Grand Prix, putting him on pole position for the feature event. The Prema Powerteam driver led home Felix Rosenqvist by two seconds, with Raffaele Marciello completing the podium.
As the lights went out, pole-sitter Marciello endured a poor getaway and dropped to fifth in the space of a few hundred metres. Meanwhile, Rosenqvist and Lynn battled for the lead, with the former narrowly coming out on top in a hard-fought run to Lisboa.
A Safety Car was then deployed, with debris littered over the track after Harry Tincknell hit the back of Tom Blomqvist stalled car. At the restart, Lynn made what would be a decisive move on Rosenqvist, eclipsing his Mücke rival with a refined Turn 3 pass.
Lucas Auer was a podium contender in the early stages, but António Félix da Costa and Marciello found a way through soon after the race resumed. The Prema driver then threw it into the barriers at San Francisco, bringing an early end to his race.
Marciello recovered more lost ground by overtaking last year's winner, Félix da Costa (Carlin), for the final rostrum position, although he was subsequently unable to close in sufficiently on ultimate race winner Lynn and second-placed Rosenqvist.
Behind the top four finishers, Pipo Derani ended the day as the leading Fortec runner, ahead of British trio Alexander Sims (T-Sport), Jordan King (Carlin) and team-mate Will Buller. Carlos Sainz Jr. and Esteban Ocon completed the top ten positions.
Dennis van de Laar, who failed to pull away at the start, and Ed Jones, who crashed at Fisherman's Bend, joined Blonqvist, Tincknell and Auer on the retirement list.