Harry King extends winning run with perfect weekend at Oulton Park
Porsche UK Junior driver Harry King enjoyed another weekend to remember with pole position and two wins as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB headed to Oulton Park for the third double-header of the season.
A stunning double win in the previous event at Brands Hatch had maintained Harry’s impressive start to life in Britain’s fastest one-make series, and meant he made the trip to Cheshire holding the §lead in the championship standings.
Despite mixed weather conditions during Friday testing, the Maidenhead racer was the man to beat on track in his Team Parker Racing-run car, topping the times in both the wet opening session and then again when track conditions improved later in the day.
Qualifying on Saturday morning saw Harry maintain his record of securing pole at every event this season as he edged team-mate Josh Webster to top spot by just 0.069s – a vital result at a circuit where overtaking is notoriously difficult.
When the opening race kicked off later the same day, Harry led the field into Old Hall for the first time and then set about breaking away at the front, gradually dropping Webster with a series of quick and consistent laps as he romped to victory by more than six seconds.
The reverse grid draw put Harry sixth on the grid for the second race and with plenty of work to do, but the talented teenager wasted little time in making up places on a drying circuit to climb to third by the end of lap three.
Battling ahead of Scott McKenna at Druids on lap five, Harry then chased down team-mate Webster with a titanic battle between the pair developing for the lead.
A brief safety car period would bring the fight to a halt but when racing resumed, Harry continued to heap pressure on his team-mate and made a move stick with three laps to go at Cascades
to sweep into the lead.
It means Harry has now won an astonishing five races in succession and ensures his lead in the standings now sits at 19 points ahead of the next round of the year at Knockhill.
“To get pole position and two wins is great,” he said. “The speed we have in the car is fantastic, and it showed in qualifying that myself and Josh have pace that the others can’t match at the moment. Team Parker has done a fantastic job, and I’m thrilled to have extended my lead.
“The first race was quite straightforward but I knew race two would be more difficult with the reverse grid, and with wet tyres on a drying track. Josh had the edge on me early on as I worked my way through into second, but I managed to chase him down and I knew I had the advantage on the brakes.
“When there was a chance to go for the lead, I made sure I took it and to have five wins on the bounce is way more than I could have wished for. It all looks positive for the championship, but there is still a long way to go.”