10:11PM, Thursday 01 October 2020
Harry King on the podium at Silverstone. Photo: Porsche UK
Holyport’s Harry King extended his lead in the Porsche Carrera Cup championship with a near faultless display at Silverstone last weekend.
Afterwards the Team Parker Racing driver spoke of redemption for him and his team after the double retirement which saw him fail to pick up any points in the last meeting at Thruxton.
The victories, which came after he secured pole position in qualifying for a sixth event in a row – maintaining his 100 per cent record – see him move 28 points clear of his closest rival, teammate Josh Webster.
Webster started in sixth place after qualifying and Harry made sure the opportunity wasn’t wasted to extend his lead in the title race when the lights went out.
Holding the lead into turn one he quickly set about establishing a lead over the field before the safety car was deployed. However, when the safety car peeled off, he drove away from the battle behind him to secure his seventh victory of the season and secure a maximum 15 points. Crucially Webster was penalised for exceeding track limits and finished outside of the points.
The reverse grid saw Harry start from fifth in race two, but he quickly weaved his way through the field to get on the tail of leader Matthew Graham. He gradually ate into his rivals’ two second advantage before sneaking past him on the inside with a fine move into Brooklands and racing on to take the chequered flag.
It takes Harry 28 points clear of Webster going into a month-long break before the season resumes at Snetterton.
"The word I’ve used after last weekend is redemption," he said. "We bounced back well from Thruxton and to get pole, two fastest laps and a double win is just perfect; it doesn’t get any better.
"The circuit here features a lot less corners than anywhere else so it is harder to try and build a gap - and it can make it more difficult to overtake. I knew it would be tough in that respect, but we still had a bit of an edge and have come away with a great haul of points as a result. I enjoyed having a buffer in the standings before Thruxton, so it’s nice that I’ve been able to extend the lead a bit more this weekend going into the break. Four weeks before Snetterton is a bit of a long gap for me but I’ll be working hard with the team to make sure we’re ready and raring to go for the final two rounds."
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