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An early pit stop and some stun­ning lap times set up Prema Rac­ing’s Pierre Gasly for vic­tory in the open­ing GP2 race of the week­end, with Jor­dan King re­sist­ing race-long pres­sure to win Sun­day’s sec­ond stanza.

French­man Gasly was sec­ond on the grid for the open­ing 29-lap­per and started on the soft tyres, which soon started to lose their edge.

That al­lowed Nor­man Nato (Rac­ing En­gi­neer­ing) to pull away up front with King (Rac­ing En­gi­neer­ing) mov­ing ahead of Gasly for sec­ond at Stowe on lap seven, just be­fore Gasly bailed for the pit lane. Once on the harder tyres, and re­leased into clear track space, Gasly was ir­re­sistible.

He lapped four sec­onds a lap quicker than leader Nato and con­tin­ued to make in­roads into the leader’s ad­van­tage and was ahead as the fi­nal stops were made, his fi­nal ad­van­tage be­ing over nine sec­onds. The Red Bull-backed driver racked up his first win since a 2013 For­mula Re­nault Eurocup suc­cess in the process.

Be­hind him came Brit Oliver Rowland (MP Motorsport) and An­to­nio Giov­inazzi in the sec­ond Prema car.

Giov­inazzi made a brave move around the out­side of Luffield to snatch the place away, Rowland’s third be­ing un­af­fected by a fivesec­ond penalty post-race for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its.

Early leader Nato, who had taken pole on his birth­day, strug­gled on the soft tyre in the sec­ond stint de­spite a late pit stop, and fell to sev­enth, while Mitch Evans (Per­tam­ina Cam­pos Rac­ing) who had strug­gled for pace on the hards charged up to fourth on the fi­nal lap.

Eighth went to King who con­verted his race two pole po­si­tion in to a race-long lead, but he was con­stantly un­der at­tack.

His first op­po­nent was Nobuharu Mat­sushita (ART Grand Prix) who chipped away at King’s ad­van­tage un­til he was over­hauled by a charg­ing Luca Ghiotto (Tri­dent).

The Ital­ian had started the opener from last on the grid after a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure in qual­i­fy­ing and stormed to fifth place and was well-placed to take ad­van­tage of the semi-re­versed grid.

He closed to within three-tenths of leader King but the ef­fect on his tyres soon took its toll and he fell away as the race neared its end.

That let King break away, de­spite late-race rain, as he scored his sec­ond suc­ces­sive sprint race win.

Ghiotto was clear of Rowland who took over the cham­pi­onship lead and hung on to third from Giov­inazzi.

The Ital­ian gained ground after Mat­sushita out­braked him­self at Brook­lands two laps from home as rain started to fall.

Another ca­su­alty of the rain was Nato who slith­ered into the Brook­lands gravel al­low­ing Raf­faele Mar­ciello (Rus­sian Time) to sixth and Gasly to sev­enth. Eighth, and the fi­nal point, went to Car­lin’s Marvin Kirch­hofer.

Lewis Hamil­ton be­came the first home-grown driver to win a hat-trick of con­sec­u­tive Bri­tish GPS at Sil­ver­stone. Jim Clark was the only driver to have done the tre­ble be­fore, but he won at Ain­tree, Sil­ver­stone and Brands Hatch from 1962-’64.

Red Bull’s Ver­stap­pen was rapid

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