Leader Palmer targets a maiden Silverstone win

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Jolyon Palmer will race into Silverstone this weekend leading the GP2 Series standings and bidding for his first win at the home of British motorsport.

The Southwater driver has enjoyed an outstanding start to his season in the F1 feeder category, with wins at Bahrain and at Monaco.

He heads into his home race at Northamptonshire as the first Briton to lead the championship at his home GP2 race since Lewis Hamilton in 2006.

Palmer has been dominant so far this year, scoring those two victories and three other podium finishes in the first five races, and has qualified on the front row of the grid at each round.

The 23-year-old is confident of his chances and said: “I can’t wait for Silverstone this weekend. I’ve been strong there in the past and it’s great to be going to my home race as the championship leader.

“We’ve done a lot of preparation for the weekend and I’m confident we can be fighting at the front again.”

Jolyon traditionally goes well in GP2 at Silverstone, having scored podiums in the feature races in 2012 and 2013 with third and second places respectively.

A similar performance this weekend in front of an expected bumper crowd would likely see him extend his already commanding championship lead, currently standing at 33 points over Felipe Nasr.

Full coverage of rounds nine and ten of the 2014 GP2 season at Silverstone, including live timing, will be available on Jolyon’s official website www.jolyonpalmer.com

The first practice session gets underway at noon tomorrow.