11:00AM, Friday 24 April 2020
Holyport’s Harry King had planned to use his first season in Porsche’s Carrera Cup to soak ‘everything up like a sponge’.
However, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic has put the championship on hold for the foreseeable future, and the 19-year-old is having to take an unwanted backseat.
King is one of the country’s most promising racing drivers. Last year he breezed to the Ginetta GT4 Supercup title and was also named Porsche’s GB Junior driver of the year, earning him £85,000 in sponsorship as well as Porsche’s priceless advice and technical support. He was also snapped up to race in the Carrera Cup by Team Parker Racing earlier this year.
The season had been due to get underway at Donington Park in late March but race weekends have been suspended on safety grounds.
Speaking at a pre-season testing session last month, King said: “It’s been a long winter break but I’m thoroughly looking forward to the season.
“The day has finally arrived when we’re here on the circuit and we can see what everyone is up to. I can get used to the new cars, new team, new drivers and Team Parker Racing. I’m really excited to be racing with them this year. I’m settling in really well.
“They have a lot of experience which I can learn from. I’m trying to be like a sponge in the first year. Trying to take all the advice on board. Having Josh Webster, a previous Porsche Junior Carrera Cup champion alongside me is also really useful as I’m learning from him. The two of us make a very good pairing.
“It feels surreal to be here in the pit lane, talking to you in my new Porsche uniform. It’s what dreams are made of and it’s a very big turning point in my career these next two years. I’m trying to make the most of it and enjoy every day.
“The car has 485 brake horse power with no driving assistance, so you’re penalised for any mistake you make.
“That’s what makes it such a joy to drive and what attracts so many drivers to the Porsche Carrera Cup. It’s really good fun, I’m thoroughly enjoying driving the car and I’m looking forward to showing everyone what I’ve learned over the winter.”
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