June 19 2013 Latest news:
Michael Edwards, Sports Reporter
Monday, May 14, 2012
ALEX Lynn mastered the tricky French streets of Pau to claim his best finish in the British F3 this season.
After a third place at Monza, the 18-year-old followed up with a second place finish on Saturday in his Mercedes-powered Fortec Motorsport Dallara at the historic circuit.
The practice session did not go well for Lynn who was on of several drivers to hit the barriers, losing the last few minutes of running, but he bounced back to take fifth on the grid for the opening race.
“I was a little disappointed with my position because my pace in free practice made me think I’d be higher up the grid,” he said. “But to be second on the grid out of the British F3 runners is good.”
In the race, he chased Jazeman Jaafar all the way to the flag, only missing out on fastest lap to the Malaysian by a thousandth of a second. The duo moved up into podium positions when two cars tangled ahead of them.
Lynn qualified seventh for Sunday’s race and maintained that position to the end, giving me fourth position out of the British F3 drivers.
“It was 33 laps so it was a very tough race mentally,” said Lynn. “We had rain on Saturday night, and it washed a lot of the grip away from the track meaning the tyres went off a lot quicker. That made it easy to make mistakes – this race was all about concentration.
“Overall I’m happy to come away from the weekend with what effectively was a second and a fourth. It’s done my championship a lot of good and hopefully it will be the start of a move up the order for me.”
There are now four weeks until the next round, which takes place at Rockingham in Northamptonshire.