Harry King wraps up impressive Knockhill victory
Rising star Harry King produced one of his trademark battling drives at Knockhill to secure his first victory of the 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season.
The current Porsche GB Junior Driver made the long trip to Scotland with his sights firmly fixed on the top step of the podium, with the tight and twisty circuit overlooking the Firth of Forth having been the scene of one of his most impressive drives last season.
Harry led the way during pre-event testing at the wheel of his Team Parker Racing-run car and headed into qualifying confident of challenging for pole position around the tight and twisty Scottish circuit.
As expected, the session would prove to be a tightly-fought affair, with Harry provisionally holding pole position before improvements elsewhere saw him ultimately end up with the third best time, albeit only a tenth of a second away from top spot on the grid.
Harry wasted little time in making up a spot when the opening race got underway when he dived down the inside of Will Martin going into Clarks to take second spot on the opening lap, although leader Lorcan Hanafin had been able to take advantage of the battle behind to establish a handy advantage out front.
Settling into a rhythm, Harry drew away from the fight for third place behind and took the flag in second place for a fourth podium of the year.
The reverse grid saw Harry lining up in fifth spot and he retained his place at the start before a fine move on Dan Cammish on lap five saw him move into fourth spot just seconds before the safety car was called out to remove a stricken car from the circuit.
After a lengthy caution period, during which Harry moved up into third following the retirement of Kiern Jewiss, Harry quickly moved into second spot when he dived down the inside of Lewis Plato at turn one and closed on the rear of leader Josh Malin before sliding through at turn three on the following lap.
A further caution period then backed the field up once again but once the action got back underway, Harry eased away at the front to secure a victory that leaves him sitting just 13 points off the championship lead.
With the Carrera Cup GB not now in action until Croft next month, Harry will turn focus back to the Porsche Supercup with busy spell of action across three successive weekends at Spa, Zandvoort and then a Monza double-header.
“I’m pleased to be back on the top step of the podium but we had to work hard for it this weekend and it didn’t come easy,” he said. “I didn’t think that it would be in a reverse grid race like that where I got my first victory of the year but it feels good, particularly after a race like that where I had to make some really decisive overtakes and work my way through.
“The safety cars did disrupt things a bit, but I was able to make the key moves at just the right time and then towards the end I could stretch my legs a bit. I couldn’t quite get the fastest lap because there was oil down after one of the earlier incidents, but it’s a good way to end the weekend.
“Second in race one wasn’t a bad result when Lorcan was running his new tyres so that was good points on the board, and we can now look to challenge for another win when we head to Croft for the next GB round.”