Rising star Harry King brought the curtain down on a hugely successful stint as the Porsche GB Junior driver with a double top six finish as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season drew to a close at Brands Hatch.
The BRDC Superstar headed into the final round of the year as one of the contenders for the championship title and laid down a marker in free practice ahead of the weekend when he topped the times in his Team Parker Racing-run car.
Harry then followed that up in qualifying with a storming lap that saw him secure pole position by more than a tenth of a second, leaving him in the ideal place going into Sunday’s opening race.
Although he slipped to second going through Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, Harry’s pace was evident as he heaped pressure on leader Kiern Jewiss, setting the fastest lap of the race only to slip back to fourth when he was run wide onto the grass at Hawthorns whilst making a move for the lead.
Somehow keeping control of his car, Harry quickly grabbed third spot back from Lorcan Hanafin and then took second from Dan Cammish before closing back in on Jewiss for the lead.
Harry made his move on the penultimate lap at Stirlings and although he was able to get ahead, a loss of momentum meant Hanafin was able to nip through to leave Harry still in second, which is where he would finish the race.
A post-race penalty for a clash with Jewiss however meant Harry would be classified in sixth spot, and he would take the start of race two from the same position.
Harry jumped up to fifth place when the lights went out and then made a move for fourth at Druids before being run wide across the grass, luckily without losing position.
From that point on, Harry found himself baulked up behind Jewiss as he took a defensive approach to the race, and there would be a late scare when Hanafin took advantage of Harry being slowed by Jewiss to nip ahead only to then lose the rear end of his car at Paddock Hill Bend – with Harry somehow managing to avoid collecting his spinning rival.
Harry ends the season in fourth place in the standings, with his two-year run as the Porsche GB Junior seeing him secure 15 race wins, 20 podiums and 16 fastest laps from 32 starts, alongside nine pole positions and the 2020 championship title – making him the first Junior driver to win the crown in his first year in the series.
“We were quickest in free practice and qualifying by a good margin but in both races we had incidents with another driver that unfortunately hampered my chances of signing off from my time as the Porsche Junior driver with another win,” he said.
“That is frustrating but at the same time, we ended the year with a strong run of points in the final few rounds and over the two years I’ve been in the Junior role, the number of positives have far outweighed any negatives.
“I have to say a huge thank you to Porsche for handing me the role of Junior driver and it has been a real whirlwind experience across the last two years. Their support has allowed me to turn what was a hobby into a professional career and I have developed a lot of relationships – and friendships – that are going to help in my career going forwards.
“Whilst this weekend closes one door on my career, there are plenty more than could now open and I need to consider my options when it comes to what the next step will be, although my heart lies with Porsche after the last two years.
“I would love to maintain that relationship into 2022, but we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds.”
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