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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.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”