After six races in Formula Two, Jordan King headed over to Oschersleben to compete in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup, reacquainting himself with a Formula Renault as he gets set to resume his 2011 Formula Renault UK 2.0 campaign with Manor Competition at Snetterton this weekend.
Ensuring he took full advantage of the UK series' long mid-summer break, King took part in Formula Two races at Spa Francorchamps, Nurburgring and Brands Hatch, before heading to Germany to compete against some of the best Formula Renault drivers in Europe.
Stoneleigh-based King commented: “When we saw the entry list, there were some of the top Formula Renault drivers on it. so the opposition was certainly tough. Two of the top three in the Formula Renault Eurocup were there, as well as some British drivers who have won races, so I was just aiming to do as well as I could and not setting myself any targets as such. The main goal really was to get used to the car again after Formula Two – and it was really good to get back into a Formula Renault after six weeks away.”
King was instantly on the pace, lapping fourth fastest of the twenty runners in the opening practice session, finishing right behind his former karting sparring partner Carlos Sainz. The BRDC Rising Star was to go a further eight tenths of a second in the afternoon session, putting him in confident mood for qualifying. Changes to the track conditions left him unable to quite match his pace in that session, but the 17 year old was still able to qualify ninth and seventh for the two races.
Reflecting on the races, King said: “I got a really bad start in the first race and dropped to about 15th place. I think that was mainly down to a lack of familiarity with the car, to be honest, because it's a different clutch system to the one I'm used to in Britain, and completely different to the clutch in Formula Two.
“After that, though, our speed was strong and I managed to pass quite a few people and recover to eighth. I was pleased with that considering it's quite hard to overtake round there when the gaps in lap time are so close – that made it satisfying to come through as far as we did.
“I didn't get a great start again in race two, and it was a bit manic through the first few corners; there was a collision ahead, but fortunately I managed to navigate my way around it unscathed. After everything calmed down, we had really good pace and I settled into sixth.
“I caught the driver in fifth, but every time I got close to the back of him, I would pick up either understeer or oversteer and lost a lot of grip. I was easily quicker and could close right up onto his tail on the entry into the slower corners, but because of the Formula Renault's aerodynamic nature, there was just no way past. Still, overall, I was happy with how the weekend went – our speed was really good and we learned a lot. At the end of the day, it was mission accomplished.”
King will make a second appearance in the series when he heads to Zandvoort in the Netherlands in two weeks' time, but before that his focus is on the resumption of the Formula Renault UK series after its eight week summer break. After a podium finish last time out at Croft, King is looking for another strong performance around the new '300' layout at the Norfolk circuit.
The Hugo Boss Brand Ambassador concluded: “Given the way we performed up against some of the strongest drivers from the Formula Renault Eurocup at Oschersleben, I think we should have the pace at Snetterton. I think we can pick up from where we left off before the summer break at Croft – and that means fighting for the podium.”