Jordan King turned his reverse grid pole into a maiden win during the GP2 Series Sprint Race in Spielberg on Sunday, ahead of fellow British drivers Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn. The Racing Engineering driver dominated the race by six seconds, despite the wet conditions which saw the race begin behind a Safety Car.
The difficult conditions saw numerous drivers spin before they even managed to reach the grid, so the decision was made for drivers to take the start behind the Safety Car. However, conditions began to clear and on Lap 3, the race went live. King began to defend almost immediately after he had a slow getaway, but his French teammate Norman Nato, was unable to take advantage.
Sean Gelael and Arthur Pic came together, causing Saturday’s podium man Gelael to retire, whilst the Safety Car returned to the circuit whilst marshals cleared the beached car.
Only two laps later, the track was green again and King began to make his getaway from the rest of the field. Behind, Nato fell back, allowing Rowland, Raffaele Marciello and Luca Ghiotto to get past in the tricky damp conditions. Lynn was also on a charge, as he managed to get past Sergey Sirotkin, Feature Race winner Mitch Evans, and Nicholas Latifi.
Latifi soon found himself out when he spun at Turn 1, causing another Safety Car period but the race quickly got going again just a single lap later.
Lynn continued to push, running side by side with Marciello, whilst those behind him squabbled for the final points positions. Up front however, King didn’t take note of the battles between his rivals behind him and continued to set incredible pace, during the closing laps of the race; continuing to build his lead of the rest of the field.
Rowland failed to keep close with King and so his fellow Brit took victory quite comfortably whilst Lynn couldn’t quite catch the pace of the second place man.
“It feels like it’s been a long time coming,” claimed King. “It has been a lot of hard work over the last eighteen months. I had a few opportunities to win a race so it’s really good to finally get one and to win it on pure pace and with a good strategy, feels really good. I’m thrilled by the result.”
Marciello came across the line in fourth, whilst Giovinazzi finished in fifth after moving up from ninth in the closing stages of the race. Sirotkin, Pierre Gasly and Evans all crossed the lines to take points.
Heading to Silverstone, Marciello leads the Drivers’ Championship, ahead of Evans and Nato. Markelov and Rowland are now equal on 54 and Giovinazzi rests sixth, with 53 points.