With the 28 laps consummately reeled off, King became the 11th British driver to win at this level. In case you’re wondering, the other 10 are Sam Bird, James Calado, Adam Carroll, Max Chilton, Mike Conway, Lewis Hamilton, Jon Lancaster, Lynn, Jolyon Palmer and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, with current F1 racers Hamilton and Palmer taking the title in 2006 and 2014 respectively.
"This feels really special,” he said afterwards. “I must thank the team for giving me a great car today. It’s been a slightly up-and-down start to the season, and this win will give everyone in the garage a confidence boost.”
Rowland, another hot prospect, took second place, from third on the grid, six seconds adrift of his countryman. The reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion is in his first full season of GP2 and a maiden victory cannot be far away.
Rounding out the podium was Williams F1 test driver Alex Lynn, already a GP3 champion and three-time winner in GP2. He charged up to third from 11th on the grid to underpin his credentials as a man to watch out for.