Alex Lynn has hailed his maiden GP2 Series victory as 'the most important and satisfying' since his Macau Grand Prix win two years ago.

The Williams F1 test driver battled from fourth on the reversed grid line up, taking the lead from Arden International's Norman Nato after a virtual safety car restart, and was able to hold off Stoffel Vandoorne for his first win in GP2 in the Sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The DAMS driver says it is a massive relief to grab his maiden victory in the series so early after graduating as GP3 champion last season.

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"I've scored my first win in the GP2 Series with the DAMS team at just the second attempt and really kick-started my season," Lynn said. "This is the most important and satisfying win since I won the Macau Grand Prix at the end of 2013.

"It's a real weight off my shoulders, because when you arrive in a top category like GP2, just below Formula 1, you feel a lot of pressure to perform."

The Briton says he also felt a lot of pressure from GP2 Series leader Vandoorne, who had won the feature race in Barcelona the day before, and it was his first real taste of a strategic GP2 fight.

"It was a typical GP2 tactical battle. It stabilised for three or four laps, with Stoffel just outside the DRS zone, and with me just within the limit of what was necessary to save the tyres," Lynn explained. "Then he started attacking and that's where I felt the pressure, and I didn't feel as though I had much left.

"My engineer was really good - he told me Stoffel would have only two laps before he would start to fade on his tyres, and he got it almost spot-on.

"It was so satisfying to beat Stoffel, because he's always been the clear title favourite after finishing second last year. This is the first time in GP2 where things have gone my way and I've profited - the cards fell our way, I got my act together and I managed to exploit it."