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GP2 Silverstone: King survives late downpour for home win

Jordan King claims his second win in three races for Racing Engineering as Oliver Rowland moved into the lead of the standings.
Jordan King has notched up his second GP2 Series win in three races with a comprehensive lights-to-flag success on home soil at Silverstone as countryman Oliver Rowland moved into the lead of the standings for the first time..

Having broken his GP2 victory duck with Racing Engineering last time out in Austria, King mirrored that pole-to-flag sprint success in front of a local audience by getting away well at the start and surviving the late attentions of Luca Ghiotto and Mother Nature to win.

Leading away from an all-Racing Engineering front row, King quickly established an early advantage over Nobuharu Matsushita and looked on course for a comfortable win as he built up a 2.5secs lead, only to be reeled in by a charging Ghiotto in the concluding laps.

With Ghiotto's challenge fading with his tyres, King then had to contend with a downpour in the final two laps, but the Manor F1 development would keep it clean to take the flag from the Trident driver.

Securing his second podium finish of the weekend, a third place result for defending Formula Renault 3.5 champion Rowland has seen him ascend to the top of the standings, though the top seven drivers remain covered by just 15 points.

Prema's Antonio Giovinazzi trailed Rowland across the line in fourth place – thus lifting him to second in the standings -, ahead of Matsushita and Raffaele Marciello, while feature race winner Pierre Gasly and Marvin Kirchhofer completed the points.

Despite the downpour, most drivers survived to the chequered flag, the big losers being Mitch Evans – who ran wide at Stowe on the final lap in avoidance of the half-spinning Sergio Canamasas – and Norman Nato, who slid off with three laps to go.


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