12:00PM, Sunday 11 April 2021
Porsche’s GB Junior Driver Harry King has confirmed he’ll take on the additional challenge of racing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup next season.
The promising 20-year-old from Holyport left his rivals in the shade to win the Porsche Carrera Cup in his rookie year and, while he’ll defend the title he won in such dominant fashion, he’s also set make his international racing debut.
His debut in the Supercup will see him compete for Parker Revs Motorsport, a new outfit born out of collaboration between his current Team Parker Racing team and the Revs Motorsport operation of Patrick de Groot. He’ll also get behind the wheel of the all-new 992-shape 911 GT3 Cup which will be making its debut in the series this year.
De Groot formed part of Team Parker’s successful engineering team last year and helped guide King to 12 wins from his 16 starts in the Carrera Cup last season. He has been involved in two Supercup championship winning campaigns to date.
Harry is also a newly appointed member of the BRDC Superstars programme.
The Porsche Supercup season is currently scheduled to get underway on the streets of Monaco in mid-May and the championship will also take in famous European circuits such as Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Monza in support of the Formula 1 World Championships.
"I’m delighted to be competing in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup," Harry said. "It’s something I’ve wanted to achieve since becoming a Porsche Junior Driver and is the logical step towards progressing in my career up the Porsche ladder of success and I feel ready for it.
"It will be an honour and privilege to represent Porsche GB as the first Junior Driver to compete on an international stage for a full season, and I’m looking forward to continuing to benefit from the intuitive support I already receive in Great Britain as part of this new programme.
"The new Supercup car is a lot more technically advanced and is quicker on an overall lap time than the car I have been racing so far and hopping from two models of Porsche Cup cars will of course pose its challenges - but it’s something I know I can manage.
"Having the same team, same engineers and same working environment will make the transition from each weekend easier for me as a driver, which is just how we planned it out to be.
"My goal for the Supercup is obviously to be at the front, and whether it takes a few rounds or a full season, I know we’ll definitely find our feet - even though the level of competition is going to be very high. I always say how I despise the term ‘learning year’, but this will definitely be a learning year for me, with the new circuits abroad and the different environment of a Formula 1 weekend."
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