NEWS FROM THE MACAU GRAND PRIX 16 NOVEMBER 2012: Macau rookie Alex Lynn took a sensational pole position for the Qualification Race at the 2012 SJM Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix.
Having been fourth fastest in yesterday’s first qualifying session – an impressive result on its own – Cooper Tires British F3 driver Lynn took another step forward during today’s second session, improving his time by six-tenths of a second to secure pole for Fortec for the 10-lap Qualification Race.
“I’m really happy because it’s my first time here,” said Lynn, who wound up with a fastest time of 2m13.122s.
“I just clicked with [the track], I’m not sure why. Yesterday afternoon we were pretty solid, and it’s really been a great day today.”
Lynn is the first rookie to take pole for the Qualification Race since current Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi in 2006.
Antonio Felix da Costa, who was fastest during yesterday’s first qualifying session, failed to improve during today’s session. However, his Thursday time of 2m13.400s was enough to secure him a front row start.
Reigning Macau champion Daniel Juncadella was another driver to make a dramatic improvement in today’s session, jumping two spots to take third on the grid. The Spaniard’s best time was just 0.001s shy of da Costa’s.
Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the second row in his Mücke Motorsport entry, ahead of the Carlin pair of Carlos Sainz Junior and Felipe Nasr.
While Nasr did manage to go faster in today’s session, he made sure his crew has a long night ahead of them by crashing heavily at the exit of R Bend in the closing minutes, damaging his car.Article Written By AN Other on 16th Nov 2012