Alex Lynn

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Alex Lynn
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 23)
Goodmayes, Greater London, England
WEC career
Debut season 2016
Current team G-Drive Racing
Car no. 26
Former teams Manor Motorsport
Starts 4
Wins 0
Poles 2
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 30th in 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship
Previous series
2015
2014
2012-13
2012
2011
2011, 13
201011
200910
GP2 Series
GP3 Series
European F3
British Formula 3
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Toyota Racing Series
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault UK Winter Cup
Championship titles
2014
2011
2010
GP3 Series
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault UK Winter Cup

Alexander George Lynn (born 17 September 1993) is a British DS Virgin Racing reserve driver currently racing for G-Drive Racing in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. He lives in Great Dunmow, Essex and is a former pupil of Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow, Essex.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Lynn began his racing career in karting at the age of eleven with Andy Cox Racing. In 2008 after four years in Mini Max and JICA classes he switched to Ricky Flynn Motorsport for competing in KF2 category, finishing British KF2 championship on the sixth place in the series standings.[1]

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2009 Lynn made his début in single-seaters taking part in the Formula Renault UK Winter Cup for Fortec Motorsport, finishing tenth in the standings. He finished the main Formula Renault UK Series in the same position, winning the Graduate Cup by scoring his first podium at the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.[2]

Lynn continued his collaboration with Fortec for 2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Cup and the 2011 main series, becoming champion in both series, with three and twelve wins respectively.[3] He also appeared in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Hungaroring and Silverstone. His best result was second place from pole at Silverstone.[4]

Toyota Racing Series[edit]

In the interval between 2010 Winter Cup and 2011 Formula Renault UK series he contested in Toyota Racing Series with Giles Motorsport, finishing ninth with a win in the first round of the series at Teretonga Park.[5]

Lynn returned to New Zealand in January 2013 to contest the series again; this time with M2 Competition. 4 pole positions, 3 race wins, 9 podiums and 3 fastest laps gave him 2nd place overall and the highest placed international driver.[6]

Formula Three[edit]

On 20 October 2011 it was announced that Lynn would represent Fortec Motorsports in 2012 for the fourth consecutive year in British Formula 3 Championship.[7] In addition he participated in selected Formula 3 Euro Series rounds. Lynn finished the 2012 British Formula 3 season in 4th place, with a race win at Silverstone and 5 podium places as well as 2 podiums in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

In November 2012 Lynn travelled to Macau to compete in the prestigious 59th SJM Macau Grand Prix. Lynn earned pole position for the qualification race,[8] the first rookie to do so since 2006. In the race itself Lynn finished on the podium in third position and the highest placed rookie driver overall.

On 15 November 2012 it was announced that Lynn would be moving to Prema Powerteam and racing in the FIA European F3 Championship for the 2013 season.[9] Lynn achieved 3rd overall in the championship and highest placed rookie driver, with 3 race wins, 14 podiums and 5 pole positions; including triple pole position at his home round at Brands Hatch.[10]

In November 2013 Lynn returned to Macau to compete once again in the Star River Windsor Arch 60th Macau Grand Prix[11] with Theodore Racing by Prema, a collaboration between SJM Holdings, Teddy Yip Jr's Theodore Racing[12] and Prema Powerteam. Theodore Racing had last appeared at the Grand Prix in 1992 and was celebrating 30 years since they had won the event with Ayrton Senna at the wheel. Lynn won the qualification race to give him pole position for the main race and went on to dominate the main race from start to finish; becoming the first Briton to win the Grand Prix since 2007.[13]

GP3 Series[edit]

Lynn competed in the GP3 Series in 2014 for Carlin Motorsport as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team programme. He won on his debut at the Circuit de Catalunya supporting the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix, starting from pole and setting the fastest race lap to take the maximum points from the race. In the sprint race he finished 18th, but still led the championship after its first round. Lynn won again at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, setting pole position before securing a comfortable win over his team-mate, Emil Bernstorff. But again he was out of luck in the reverse grid race two, finishing 20th after picking up a lap-one puncture. The Briton was disappointed to miss out on a home win in the third round at Silverstone in the UK, but second in race one and a fighting sixth in race two helped him to maintain his championship lead. In round four at Hockenheim in Germany, Lynn consolidated that lead by finishing second and third in the two races. He then recorded two fourth-placed finishes at the Hungaroring to extend his title advantage to 31 points over Richie Stanaway heading into the summer break. In Belgium, he managed to score 4 championship points to take 8th place and the reverse grid pole for the following sprint race. He dominated the race, leading from start to finish. A similar situation happened in the next round at Monza, Italy where Lynn finished in 6th place for the feature race and managed to get 2nd in the sprint race due to his excellent driving as well as help with the reverse grid order rule in all GP categories.

GP2 Series[edit]

Having won the GP3 Series title in 2014, Lynn was rewarded with a day of testing with GP2 team ART Grand Prix. He followed this up with a day of testing with Carlin. In early January, Lynn, along with fellow Red Bull Junior Pierre Gasly, signed with DAMS in order to win the GP2 Series crown in 2015.[14] He finished sixth in the championship, having scored two wins at Barcelona and the Hungaroring.

Lynn remained with DAMS for the 2016 season, scoring two victories in the sprint races at Barcelona and Hockenheim. He will leave the series after this season.

Formula One[edit]

Following his win of the GP3 title, it was announced Lynn would partake in the post-season testing, driving for Lotus F1. On 28 January 2015, Lynn was confirmed as the new development driver for the Williams F1 team, thereby severing his ties with Red Bull. [15]

Formula E[edit]

In August 2016, Lynn was confirmed as one of four drivers partaking in Jaguar's pre-season test at Donington Park.[16] In January 2017, Lynn landed the role of reserve driver for DS Virgin Racing[17]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2009 Formula Renault UK Winter Series Fortec Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 40 10th
2010 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsport 20 0 0 0 1 210 10th
Formula Renault UK Winter Series 6 3 1 1 3 40 1st
2011 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsports 20 12 14 10 15 521 1st
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 4 0 1 0 1 26 14th
Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 12 1 0 1 3 514 9th
2012 British Formula 3 Championship Fortec Motorsports 28 1 2 5 9 253 4th
FIA European Formula 3 Championship 10 0 0 0 2 N/A NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 3rd
2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship Prema Powerteam 30 3 5 4 14 339.5 3rd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Macau Grand Prix Theodore Racing by Prema 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 3 4 3 9 803 2nd
2014 GP3 Series Carlin 18 3 2 3 8 207 1st
Formula One Lotus F1 Team Test driver
2015 GP2 Series DAMS 22 2 2 3 4 110 6th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver
2016 GP2 Series DAMS 22 3 0 0 5 124 6th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver
World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Manor 3 0 1 0 0 4.5 30th
2016-17 Formula E DS Virgin Racing Reserve Driver
2017 World Endurance Championship - LMP2 G-Drive Racing 1 0 1 0 0 11 5th*
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Wayne Taylor Racing 1 1 0 0 1 35 20th*

As Lynn was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. * Season still in progress.

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2012 Fortec Motorsport Mercedes HOC
1

10
HOC
2

4
LEC
1

3
LEC
2

7
BRH
1
BRH
2
RBR
1
RBR
2
NOR
1

19
NOR
2

9
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

5
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

3
NC† 0†
2013 Prema Powerteam Mercedes MNZ
1

8
MNZ
2

6
MNZ
3

3
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

6
SIL
3

3
HOC
1

15
HOC
2

7
HOC
3

6
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

2
BRH
3

Ret
RBR
1

7
RBR
2

12
RBR
3

8
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

1
NOR
3

3
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

7
NÜR
3

6
ZAN
1

3
ZAN
2

2
ZAN
3

3
VAL
1

3
VAL
2

1
VAL
3

4
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

8
3rd 339.5

† – As Lynn was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2014 Carlin CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

18
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

20
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

6
HOC
FEA

2
HOC
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

8
SPA
SPR

1
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

2
SOC
FEA

7
SOC
SPR

5
YMC
FEA

5
YMC
SPR

2
1st 207

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2015 DAMS BHR
FEA

19
BHR
SPR

15
CAT
FEA

5
CAT
SPR

1
MON
FEA

13
MON
SPR

11
RBR
FEA

3
RBR
SPR

20
SIL
FEA

5
SIL
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

9
SPA
FEA

11
SPA
SPR

8
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

10
SOC
FEA

Ret
SOC
SPR

10
BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

3
YMC
FEA

8
YMC
SPR

C
6th 110
2016 DAMS CAT
FEA

6
CAT
SPR

1
MON
FEA

4
MON
SPR

5
BAK
FEA

Ret
BAK
SPR

9
RBR
FEA

11
RBR
SPR

3
SIL
FEA

16
SIL
SPR

14
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

7
HOC
SPR

1
SPA
FEA

3
SPA
SPR

10
MNZ
FEA

12
MNZ
SPR

5
SEP
FEA

4
SEP
SPR

12
YMC
FEA

8
YMC
SPR

1
6th 124

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2016 Manor LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS NÜR MEX COA FUJ
11
SHA
9
BHR
10
30th 4.5
2017 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
5
SPA
LMS
NÜR
MEX
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
5th* 11*

* Season still in progress.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2017 Wayne Taylor Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 6.2 L V8 DAY SEB
1
LBH COA DET WAT MSP ELK LGA PET 20th* 35*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BIOGRAPHY". alexlynnracing.com. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Brands Hatch Indy" (PDF). British Formula Renault Championship. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Champion Lynn and Rowland share the spoils at Silverstone". British Formula Renault Championship. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Résultats Silverstone 2011 – Race 2". Renault Sport. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011 Toyota Racing Series Teretonga Race 3" (PDF). Toyota Racing Series. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Toyota Racing New Zealand" (PDF). toyotaracing.co.nz. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Weeks, James (20 October 2011). "Lynn sticks with Fortec for British F3 graduation". motorstv.com. Motors TV. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  8. ^ 2012 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three
  9. ^ "Prema Announces Alex Lynn For The 2013 Season". premapowerteam.com. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.fiaf3europe.com/en/news/Three-pole-positions-for-local-hero-Alex-Lynn.html
  11. ^ 2013 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three
  12. ^ http://statusgp.com/sjm-teams-theodore-racing-macau-gp/
  13. ^ Macau Grand Prix
  14. ^ http://callumrowesgp2blog.com/2015/01/08/gasly-lynn-confirmed-as-dams-drivers-for-2015/
  15. ^ Beer, Matt. "GP3 champion Alex Lynn joins Williams F1 team as development driver". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  16. ^ Mitchell, Scott (August 19, 2016). "Jaguar Formula E team to evaluate four drivers in Donington test". Autosport. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Alex Lynn lands DS Virgin Formula E role". Autosport. January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Blomqvist
Formula Renault UK
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
Preceded by
António Félix da Costa
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2013
Succeeded by
Felix Rosenqvist
Preceded by
Daniil Kvyat
GP3 Series
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Esteban Ocon