Tough results despite record-breaking pace for Octane Finance-backed Harry King
Octane Finance-backed racer Harry King continued to show why he is the man to beat in the 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup GB with another impressive performance on track at Thruxton, although misfortune on race day would prevent him from securing the results that his pace deserved.
Harry, the current Porsche GB Junior Driver, headed into his home round of the season in confident mood after a stunning start to his time in the fastest one-make series in the UK, with six victories from the opening eight races securing him the early advantage in the title race.
The talented teenager looked well set to build on that form from the moment he hit the track at Thruxton in his Team Parker Racing-run car, and lapped a second quicker than anyone else during Friday testing.
That pace was then carried over to qualifying, where Harry smashed the qualifying lap record to put the Octane Finance Porsche on pole position for the opening race of the weekend.
Race one saw Harry maintain his lead when the lights went out before he started to pull away from the field behind, posting the fastest lap of the race as he established a lead of more than twelve seconds.
That fastest lap would be more than a second quicker than the previous best race lap set by Dan Harper twelve months ago, and was the first time a Carrera Cup car had lapped below the 1:14s mark in race conditions.
Unfortunately for Harry, a certain victory was lost when he suffered a puncture two laps from the end and was forced into the pits to retire, which also left him at the rear of the Pro class field for the second race of the weekend.
Showing his overtaking prowess, Harry wasted little time in battling his way through the pack ahead with a number of impressive overtaking moves and had moved into the lead of the race by the end of the tenth lap.
Once again the quickest driver in the field, Harry was on track to record his seventh win of the season before a second puncture resulted in him being forced to park his car on the side of the circuit.
Harry retains the championhip lead by seven points, and will hope to extend his advantage when the series heads to Silverstone this coming weekend for the sixth double-header of the season.
“This weekend we have shown fantastic pace, and the end results certainly aren’t what we deserved,” he said. “As ever, Team Parker has given me a brilliant car, and to go out and take pole for the fifth time in as many meetings was a great way to start on Saturday.
“We were comfortably leading both races and I have no doubt we would have had two wins this weekend, but things didn’t go our way. We still hold the championship lead, and I’ll come out fighting at Silverstone next weekend with my focus on strengthening our advantage.”