Alex Lynn is 2014 GP3 Series champion after Dean Stoneman failed to qualify on pole position in Abu Dhabi.

With Lynn requiring just a single point to be crowned champion, closest rival Stoneman needed to qualify on pole to earn the four points on offer to keep his title challenge running but was pipped to first place by Marvin Kirchhofer by 0.471s.

The 24-year-old Englishman looked like he would keep his title dreams alive after setting the fastest sector one time on his final qualifying lap, but couldn't maintain his pace and had to settle for second on the grid.

Lynn, who had shown strong pace in the practice session, was in the mix but never challenged the top two and placed his car fourth on the grid, behind Emil Bernstorff in third.

Stoneman challenged for pole throughout qualifying and briefly held the top spot halfway through the session with a two-tenths lead ahead of Kirchhofer. With ten minutes remaining Kirchhofer took provisional pole from Stoneman and cemented it with a 1:55:163.

Lynn, who has been linked to the Torro Rosso F1 team in 2015, follows in the footsteps of former GP3 series champions Esteban Gutierrez, Daniiel Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas who have all gone on to race F1.


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