10:00AM, Friday 28 May 2021
Credit: Porsche Motorsport
Holyport’s Harry King encountered and overcame some challenges as he secured a top 10 finish in his maiden Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup race on the streets of Monaco.
Driving on one of the most famous circuits in motoracing, King struggled to get a clear track as he qualified with the 11th best time for Sunday’s race.
The Porsche GB Junior Driver headed for the Principality off the back of an impressive guest appearance in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux where he won both races for the Parker Revs Motorsport team.
Behind the wheel of the all-new 992 generation 911 GT3 Cup, King posted the 10th quickest time in Thursday’s practice before vying with 27 rivals to get a clear lap, and a fast time in Friday’s qualifying. Despite being second quickest of the rookie drivers, King had to be content with 11th place on the grid.
Fortunately, on the tight, twisting circuit at Monaco King was able to stay out of trouble but an incident on Beau Rivage left the circuit blocked. After a brief period behind the safety car King made a slick move inside Mirabeau Haute to take 10th spot before he set about chasing down Tio Ellinas for ninth. He managed to force the Cypriot wide at the Swimming Pool turn but couldn’t find a way through. However, when Ayhancan Guyen slowed from fifth on the penultimate lap King was able to secure ninth place. He also finished second among the event’s rookies and put solid points on the board ahead of his next outing in Benelux, Austria. Prior to that, King will begin the defence of his Porsche Carrera Cup GB title at Snetterton next month.
“To finish in the top ten in my first race in the Porsche Supercup is a great effort, particularly given that it was also the first weekend in the series for Parker Revs Motorsport,” he said.
“Making my debut in the Supercup was very different to what I've been used to in the UK and trying to learn the circuit was a big task when there was only thirty minutes of practice.
“Traffic can always be an issue on a street circuit, and I was a little bit disappointed with where we qualified but I knew that on paper, our race pace was strong, and I was confident going into race day. Making up places in Monaco isn't an easy task, so the fact we went forwards from where we started was good, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend.
“I'm looking forward to the rest of the Supercup season, but my focus now turns to the start of the Carrera Cup GB in a few weeks’ time. Swapping from the new 911 Cup car to the old one will be a bit of a challenge, but I'm looking forward to jumping back into my title winning car and getting the defence of my championship underway.”
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