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Motorsport: Lynn secures pole position for Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix


November 16, 2013: Alex Lynn will start the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix from pole position after comfortably winning Saturday’s 10-lap qualification race.


The Brit started the race from third on the grid, but soon hit the front, barging into the lead on the way to Lisboa on the first lap. But his time at the front was initially short-lived, the Theodore Racing by Prema driver running wide at Lisboa and surrendering the lead to Felix Rosenqvist.


The lead changed hands again following an early safety car period – which was caused when Harry Tincknell collected a stalled Tom Blomqvist at the start – with Lynn slip-streaming past Rosenqvist’s GR Asia with Mücke entry on the way down to Lisboa, this time making the move stick.


Once in front, Lynn put the hammer down, a series of quick laps leaving him a comfortable winner, 2.411 seconds clear of Rosenqvist at the finish.


“I think the main positive is that the car felt really nice,” Lynn said. “I made a pretty good start, my restart was good, and in terms of the qualification race it’s good. The Grand Prix is another thing.”


Raffaele Marciello, who started the qualification race from pole position, was left to rue a poor start, which left him buried in the field. But the Prema Powerteam driver systematically worked his way through the field, finishing the race in touch with Rosenqvist.


Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished fourth ahead of Pipo Derani (Fortec Motorsport) and Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport), will join Marciello on the second row.


Lynn’s teammate Lucas Auer was the unluckiest of the front-runners, hitting the barrier hard at San Francisco Bend right after the re-start, retiring from the race immediately.


Meanwhile, Maro Engel thundered to pole position for the City of Dreams Macau GT Cup in his Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in an impressive GT debut on the Guia Circuit.


The German’s pole-setting lap of 2:18.651 seconds was more than 0.8 seconds of a second quicker than Edoardo Mortara in the Audi R8 LMS, who had taken provisional pole after Friday’s first qualifying session.


Alexandre Imperatori was third fastest on track in his Porsche 911 GT3 R 4.0, ahead of Renger van der Zande in the second Mercedes.


The top 20 drivers all went quicker in the second, 20-minute session, with Engel quickly charging to the top of the time sheets. He was on another fast lap when the session was red flagged after Jorg Muller, in the BMW Z4 GT3, hit the barrier at Maternity.


As the red flag came out, the order was Engel, Mortara, Stefan Mucke (Aston Martin Vantage GT3), van der Zande and Imperatori. Once the track was cleared and qualifying resumed, Engel went below the 2:19 mark and set a new qualifying lap record.


While Engel will have the advantage in the rolling start of Sunday’s 12-lap race, ‘Mr Macau’ Mortara was frustrated by traffic out on track.


“I couldn’t get a proper full lap,” Mortara said. “I’m not superman. Congratulations to Engel – the car is really fast. We’re losing four tenths on the first sector and I’m going flat through the first two corners, so don’t know where to find the extra time.”


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