Harry King saves the best to last at Monza
Rising star Harry King brought the curtain down on his maiden season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on a high with his best weekend of the year at Monza.
The current Porsche GB Junior driver – and reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion – headed for the famous Italian circuit hoping for a strong end to the season at one of the few circuits where he had been able to sample his 992-generation 911 GT3 Cup car prior to the season starting back in May.
After a challenging meeting at Zandvoort a week earlier, the BRDC Superstar went in to qualifying with his focus firmly on the top ten places, with the session determining the grid for both races of what was a unique double-header event for the Porsche field.
Harry’s best time in the session would be little more than six-tenths of a second away from pole position, but the close nature of the field meant he would line up in 13th place on the grid for race one.
His second fastest time however would be good enough to leave the Parker Revs Motorsport driver in eleventh on the grid for race two.
Staying out of trouble going through turn one at the start of race one, Harry was quickly making up places and worked his way up into eighth spot on the opening lap alone.
Giving chase to a train of cars dicing over fourth place, Harry would come under pressure from Simone Iaquinta in the closing stages, with the Italian managing to nip ahead on the exit of the Parabolica to leave Harry in ninth at the finish.
Retaining his position at the start of race two, Harry moved up into the top ten at the start of the second lap, leaving him between series front-runners Leon Koehler and Jaxon Evans on track.
Showing strong pace to keep Evans at bay, Harry took advantage of a clash between Tio Ellinas and Dylan Pereira exiting the opening chicane to move up into seventh and then grabbed sixth from Dorian Borcolacci.
Heading into the final lap, Harry had closed onto the rear of a three-way battle for third place and made his move on Koehler coming out of the final corner. Drawing alongside the German racer, Harry would miss out on fifth by just 0.023s as the pair crossed the line, although sixth spot still provided the talented teenager with his best result of the year.
“Monza is the one circuit on the calendar where I had tested the 992 Porsche before the season, so I think my expectations going into the weekend were higher; certainly when you compare it to Spa or Zandvoort over the previous two meetings,” he said.
“I was keen to try and push for the top ten in qualifying so to end up in P13 was a little bit disappointing, but I knew we had the speed to fight for some strong results in the races. I managed to make up places at the start of race one and the pace was strong, so I was happy to secure ninth place and equal my best result at that point.
“In race two however, I felt we made a real step in the right direction and that was reflected in the result. I felt a lot more comfortable in the car and after a good start, I think I drove a smart race, with some good decision making and placing my car in the right position allowing me to pick up my best finish of the year. I thought I was going to grab P5 on the run to the line, but sixth is still a good way to end the campaign.
“The move into the Porsche Supercup this season certainly hasn’t been easy, as this championship is the pinnacle of Porsche racing and the level of competition is unbelievably high. With limited track time each weekend to learn the circuits – as well as a new car – it’s been a massive learning curve, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“The strong results this weekend have given me a lot of motivation and confidence for the future, and something to build on going forwards.”