Silverstone GP2: King holds off Ghiotto for home sprint win

Jordan King took a second GP2 sprint race victory in as many weekends at Silverstone, the Brit holding off a charge from Luca Ghiotto in tricky conditions.

Silverstone GP2: King holds off Ghiotto for home sprint win

Starting from reverse grid pole, King made a good getaway at the start to move into an immediate lead ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita, Norman Nato, Oliver Rowland and Ghiotto.

That was how the order remained at the front for the first part of the race, with King holding the gap to Matsushita at a steady one second, but the second Racing Engineering car of Nato was unable to keep the pace with the top two.

The Frenchman soon fell victim to both Rowland and Ghiotto, the latter clearing the former for second on the ninth lap of 21 with a superbly executed outside pass at Stowe.

Two laps later, and at the same corner, Ghiotto picked off Matsushita for second and began to close in on leader King at a veritable rate of knots.

At the two-thirds distance mark, a maiden GP2 win for Ghiotto seemed inevitable, but King didn't put a wheel wrong and never allowed the Italian a clear shot at passing for the lead.

Ghiotto's pace than began to wane, with King building his advantage in the closing laps, only for a late rain shower to bring Ghiotto back into contention.

But King held his nerve, crossing the finish line with half a second in hand over Ghiotto to secure his second GP2 win of the season following his sprint race victory at the Red Bull Ring last weekend.

Matsushita had been set to complete the podium until the Japanese driver locked up at Brooklands under pressure from Rowland, costing him two places as the British driver made it two podiums in two races with third place ahead of Giovinazzi.

Behind Matushita, Nato spun off out of sixth place in the late rain shower, handing the spot to Raffaele Marciello, who found his way past a struggling Mitch Evans with two laps to go.

Evans then fell pray to Pierre Gasly - the Red Bull protege recovering from 12th after a poor start - and Marvin Kirchhofer, who claimed the final two points-paying positions.

The New Zealander ultimately finished 13th after a final lap off at Stowe, one place ahead of Williams development driver Alex Lynn, who suffered another frustrating outing.

Sergey Sirotkin's luck failed to improve either, as the Russian sustained a puncture in an early tangle with Artem Markelov, removing him from point-scoring contention.

Sprint race results:

ClaDriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 Jordan King Racing Engineering 21 37'35.325  
2 Luca Ghiotto Trident 21 37'35.905 0.580
3 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 21 37'46.989 11.664
4 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Powerteam 21 37'47.111 11.786
5 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 21 37'52.843 17.518
6 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 21 37'55.792 20.467
7 Pierre Gasly Prema Powerteam 21 37'58.451 23.126
8 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 21 38'01.198 25.873
9 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 21 38'02.046 26.721
10 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 21 38'02.695 27.370
11 Arthur Pic Rapax 21 38'03.386 28.061
12 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 21 38'03.957 28.632
13 Mitch Evans Campos Racing 21 38'04.169 28.844
14 Alex Lynn DAMS 21 38'04.923 29.598
15 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 21 38'06.609 31.284
16 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 21 38'07.574 32.249
17 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 21 38'10.737 35.412
18 Sean Gelael Campos Racing 21 38'15.383 40.058
19 Gustav Malja Rapax 21 38'22.289 46.964
20 Philo Paz Armand Trident 21 39'05.353 1'30.028
21 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 21 39'05.949 1'30.624
  Norman Nato Racing Engineering 19 33'50.311 2 Laps
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