King weathers late storm to take home GP2 victory at Silverstone

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Jordan King converted reverse grid pole into his second GP2 Series victory on Sunday at Silverstone, weathering a late rain shower to fend off the charging Luca Ghiotto.

King finished eighth in Saturday’s feature race to pick up four points and pole for Sunday’s sprint race, and managed to retain his advantage off the line.

The Racing Engineering driver came under pressure from Nobuharu Matsushita early on, but managed to pull away as his rival fell into the clutches of Oliver Rowland and Ghiotto behind.

Both overhauled Matsushita before Ghiotto passed Rowland for second place and duly set his sights on King at the front, drawing to within half a second of the Briton.

However, Ghiotto’s tires dropped off in King’s dirty air, allowing the leader to pull away once again before a late shower threatened to rain on his parade.

After tip-toeing around the final lap, King crossed the line to score his second GP2 victory – the first having come just a week earlier in Austria – ahead of Ghiotto and Rowland.

“It’s obviously not the Formula 1 win, which is the childhood dream, but the closest thing to it,” King said, reflecting on his home victory.

“It really feels likes I’ve achieved a little kid’s dream today!”

Rowland’s third-place finish was enough to move him into the lead of the drivers’ championship, with one race win separating the top eight ahead of the next race in Hungary on July 23.