Harry King bounces back with Silverstone double
Harry King enjoyed another perfect weekend on track as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB headed for Silverstone for the sixth meeting of the season.
Eager to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on a double win at Thruxton a week earlier, the Porsche GB junior driver maintained his astonishing run of success in qualifying as he secured pole position for the sixth meeting in a row to maintain his 100 per cent record.
With closest rival Josh Webster down in sixth place on the grid, Harry headed into the opening race of the weekend seeking to extend his advantage over his Team Parker Racing team-mate when the lights went out.
Holding the lead into turn one, Harry had opened up a lead of just under a second before the safety car was deployed, and quickly pulled away from the squabbling pack behind on the restart to secure a seventh victory of the campaign and a maximum score of 15 points.
Crucially for the championship, rival Webster would pick up a penalty for exceeding track limits, which resulted in him finishing outside the points, and allowing Harry to move further clear in the title race.
The reverse grid for race two left Harry starting from fifth on the grid, but he quickly moved up into the top four on the opening lap, and had worked his way into second spot by the end of lap seven.
With Matthew Graham having established a lead of just under two seconds, Harry set about chasing down his rival and gradually brought down the gap before a fine move into Brooklands saw him slide down the inside and secure the race lead.
Harry would then pull away at the front to secure a second win of the weekend, which moves him 28 points clear of Webster in the title race going into a month long break before the action 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.”