Red Bull Ring GP2: King leads Rowland, Lynn in all-British podium

Jordan King led from pole position to the chequered flag to lead a British 1-2-3 in an absorbing reversed-grid GP2 Series race at a wet Red Bull Ring

Red Bull Ring GP2: King leads Rowland, Lynn in all-British podium

King was elevated from 10th to eighth in the results of the Saturday feature race thanks to a couple of post-race penalties to other drivers, giving him pole position for Sunday.

The Racing Engineering driver grabbed the opportunity with both hands and was never seriously threatened throughout a race that featured a festival of overtaking in his wake.

After three laps behind the safety car, King led team-mate Norman Nato, but the Frenchman seemed to struggle for pace in the wet.

It took a few laps for Oliver Rowland to breach Nato's defences, and once into second the MP Motorsport man cut the gap to King, but the leader then responded to pull out a four-second advantage.

The safety car appeared with seven laps remaining after Nicholas Latifi spun at Turn 1 and came to rest just off the track on the inside, but the field spent just one lap under caution.

King made no mistakes on the restart and Rowland had no chance of challenging him.

Raffaele Marciello had stayed close to Rowland for most of the race, but the Russian Time man came under threat from Alex Lynn, who had stormed through from 11th on the grid in his DAMS car, at the restart.

It took about half a lap to complete the move, but Lynn got the better of Marciello to complete the all-British podium.

Marciello then had to fend off a feisty Antonio Giovinazzi, the Prema man having taken to the gravel early in the race before redeeming himself with a mighty drive back up from 13th position, and only just failing to catch Marciello on the line.

Luca Ghiotto was also well in the mix but there was heartbreak for the Trident driver when he spun at the final corner of the last lap, dropping to ninth - and out of the points - behind Sergey Sirotkin, Pierre Gasly and Mitch Evans.

The late safety car gave the midfielders chance to make an opportunist switch to slicks for the drying circuit.

But the brevity of the caution meant they were too far adrift of the field once they rejoined, and to compound this the crossover came with only two laps to go.

Artem Markelov was the best of them in 11th, although Nato claimed fastest lap at the flag on his way to 12th.

RESULTS - 28 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Jordan King Racing Engineering 44m34.966s
2 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 6.019s
3 Alex Lynn DAMS 7.702s
4 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 10.234s
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 10.417s
6 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 11.821s
7 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 12.594s
8 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 12.881s
9 Luca Ghiotto Trident 15.878s
10 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 35.019s
11 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 57.740s
12 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m00.076s
13 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m00.107s
14 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m16.880s
15 Rene Binder ART Grand Prix 1m17.325s
16 Gustav Malja Rapax 1 Lap
17 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1 Lap
18 Arthur Pic Rapax 1 Lap
19 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1 Lap
20 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1 Lap
- Nicholas Latifi DAMS Retirement
- Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Raffaele Marciello 66
2 Mitch Evans 56
3 Norman Nato 55
4 Artem Markelov 54
5 Oliver Rowland 54
6 Antonio Giovinazzi 52
7 Alex Lynn 51
8 Pierre Gasly 47
9 Jordan King 45
10 Sergey Sirotkin 40
11 Nobuharu Matsushita 32
12 Sean Gelael 24
13 Nicholas Latifi 21
14 Marvin Kirchhofer 18
15 Luca Ghiotto 14
16 Sergio Canamasas 14
17 Jimmy Eriksson 10
18 Daniel de Jong 6
19 Arthur Pic 4
20 Gustav Malja 3
21 Nabil Jeffri 2
22 Philo Paz Armand 0
23 Rene Binder 0

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