Jordan King clinched his maiden win in GP2 Series with style after a commanding drive from pole saw him lead the reversed-grid Sprint Race from lights to flag despite three Safety Car periods.
After ART’s Sergey Sirotkin was penalised for overtaking behind the Safety Car in the Feature Race along with Gustav Malja, the reversed grid pole was inherited by King who led away as the race started behind the Safety Car in wet conditions.
King managed the gap as behind him Oliver Rowland overtook Norman Nato for second place and kept a charging Raffaele Marciello in check before the Italian lost third place to Alex Lynn. Lynn started his DAMS entry from eleventh place, but carved his way through to complete an all-British podium.
Despite losing out to Lynn with a mistake into Turn 1, Marciello still managed to finish fourth and keep the lead of the GP2 Series Drivers’ Championship standings, with just 26 points covering the top 10.
Starting a lowly 17th, Antonio Giovinazzi continued to impress as he managed to race his way to fifth while his compatriot and fellow rookie Luca Ghiotto spun at the final corner, allowing Sirotkin into sixth place after starting twelfth due to his penalty. Behind him came Pierre Gasly and Feature Race winner Mitch Evans, who were the last of the points scorers.
The next round of the season will be the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in a week’s time, July 8-10.
|2016 GP2 Series Austria – Sprint Race Final Classification (28 laps)|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||28||44:34.966|
|2.||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||28||+ 6.019|
|3.||Alex Lynn||DAMS||28||+ 7.702|
|4.||Raffaele Marciello||RUSSIAN TIME||28||+ 10.234|
|5.||Antonio Giovinazzi||PREMA Racing||28||+ 10.417|
|6.||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||28||+ 11.821|
|7.||Pierre Gasly||PREMA Racing||28||+ 12.594|
|8.||Mitch Evans||Pertamina Campos Racing||28||+ 12.881|
|9.||Luca Ghiotto||Trident||28||+ 15.878|
|10.||Sergio Canamasas||Carlin||28||+ 35.019|
|11.||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||28||+ 57.740|
|12.||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||28||+ 1:00.076|
|13.||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||28||+ 1:00.107|
|14.||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||28||+ 1:16.880|
|15.||René Binder||ART Grand Prix||28||+ 1:17.325|
|16.||Gustav Malja||Rapax||27||1 lap behind|
|17.||Arthur Pic||Rapax||27||1 lap behind|
|18.||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||27||1 lap behind|
|19.||Marvin Kirchhöfer||Carlin||27||1 lap behind|
|20.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||27||1 lap behind|
|Not Classified||Team / Entry||Laps|
|DNF.||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Campos Racing||3||Collision|
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