King Stars At Thruxton With Double Rookie Podium


Harry King produced his most impressive performances so far in the Ginetta Junior Championship with a standout weekend at Thruxton with Elite Motorsport.

After showing glimpses of his potential in the opening two weekends of the year, the 15 year old burst into the spotlight across the weekend in Hampshire.

King showcased his raw pace by topping the timesheets in Saturday morning’s free practice, and while qualifying didn’t go his way with twelfth place, he bounced back in the races.

In the middle of the frenetic midfield action throughout the opening encounter, King impressively set the outright fastest lap of the race as he climbed his way up to seventh at the finish.

Race two would see King work his way into a thrilling five car battle for the overall victory, which saw him running nose-to-tail with rookie leader Seb Priaulx.

Despite his best efforts to break onto the overall podium, King would have to settle for fourth at the finish, completing a pair of second place finishes in the Rookie Cup for the weekend.

“From twelfth on the grid, I had no real idea what to expect in terms of results, but I had a lot of confidence around Thruxton and the car was perfect all day,” said King, who sits eleventh in the overall standings.

“It was huge fun on track and I think I’ve really shown what I can do. I was happy with seventh in race one and to set the fastest lap really showed the pace we had in the car.

“We tried to build on that in race two and the fight with Seb [Priaulx] was fantastic. We were so closely matched that it could have gone either way, and I’m really pleased with fourth.

“This weekend has given me a massive boost and hopefully the results can really kick-start my season. I’m certainly feeling a lot more confident going to Oulton Park.”