10:00AM, Friday 07 August 2020
Harry King. Credit Porsche UK
Holyport’s Harry King last week promised to ‘rattle a few cages’, and this weekend he was as good as his word as the teenager claimed an early lead in the Porsche Carrera Cup.
King made a near perfect start in his first ever race weekend, finishing second in the first race before confidently taking the chequered flag in his second.
The young driver was looking to impress at Donington Park after being named Porsche’s GB Junior Driver and laying down the quickest lap-times in testing late last month. He proved equally when the real action got underway on Saturday.
At the wheel of his Team Parker Racing-run car, King was always confident he could mix it with the best, and these early indications from Donington appear to show he’s right. He made the perfect start on Saturday, storming to pole, two tenths of a second clear of his closest rival.
And, when the lights went out in race one he quickly set about building a lead over his more experienced team-mate Josh Webster. However, a small error led to him clipping his tyres, causing damage to the front of his Octane Finance-backed car. His handling of the car now effected, he slipped back to second and, despite keeping Webster honest for the remainder of the race, he crossed the line just behind his teammate.
King then showed his ability in the second race of the weekend, blasting away from the grid to get into second place when the lights went out before putting pressure on leader Scott McKenna through the Old Hairpin bend. Taking the inside track to McLeans he was able to pass his rival and extended his lead lap-by-lap to lay down a real marker for the rest of the season and take an early lead in the title race.
King now heads to Brands Hatch this weekend seeking to consolidate or build upon his five point lead.
"A second and a first are results that I didn’t expect coming into the weekend so I’m absolutely delighted," he said. "It’s a great way to start the season and to be leading the standings after round one is fantastic.
"I was a little disappointed after race one at missing out on a win, but if I come away from a weekend feeling disappointed with a second place, then I can’t complain too much! The damage to the splitter really hurt the performance, but I knew that going into race two we had something in our back pocket.
"I was determined to show off the pace we had in race two and that went perfectly. I got into the lead early and made the most of our speed on cold tyres and could just control things from that point onwards.
"This is a great start for me to life as the Porsche UK Junior Driver and has given me a fantastic platform to build on during the season ahead."
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