09:12PM, Wednesday 04 August 2021
Photo: Porsche UK
It was another challenging weekend for Harry King in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park, but the Holyport racing driver is still in the running to defend the title he won last season.
King breezed to the title in his rookie season, wrapping up the title on the penultimate weekend. However, the young driver is finding race wins and podium places much harder to come by this time around in a more competitive field.
Last season he won 12 races and took pole on all but one occasion, however, more drivers have been competing for victories this term and the points have been shared around.
The Team Parker Racing driver started this weekend in a positive mood, having topped the times in pre-event testing, however, an issue in qualifying left him sixth on the grid and with work to do. Undeterred he battled for a place on the podium with Will Martin and Kiern Jewiss, and although he took the flag in fourth, was later promoted into third after Dan Cammish was handed a time penalty. Sadly for Harry, the pack hadn’t quite been shuffled enough and he was later handed a two place penalty following an incident with Jewiss which dropped him back to sixth, while Cammish’s penalty was also successfully overturned.
In the second race he avoided a spinning Lorcan Hanafin on lap one to put himself in contention again. He looked to pass both Martin and Cammish on lap 11, with the three cars running side-by-side at one point. He got ahead of Cammish at Knickerbrook and then got alongside Martin on the run-up Clay Hill but was forced onto the grass. Harry remained fourth through to the finish and picked up 15 championship points for his efforts heading into the next event at Knockhill in two weeks’ time.
"We had an issue in qualifying which left us on the back foot a bit for race one, but I battled hard to get up to third on the road," he said. "Unfortunately, there were a few judicial decisions that didn't fall in our favour which dropped me back to P6, and we missed the reverse grid as a result.
"We'd done the hard work in the first race so that was a bit of a kick in the teeth, but I knew we had the pace to come forwards in race two. I wanted to keep my nose clean, and it was a really enjoyable battle with Dan; he put up a good fight.
"I managed to get ahead of him and then tried a move on Will, but he forced me onto the grass, and I had to back out to avoid an incident. That was a bit of a dicey moment and from there, I brought the car home to get the points on the board.
"It's very tight amongst us all in the points and hopefully we have a strong run at Knockhill to bring the gap down at the front."