Harry King takes dominant victory in second Brands Hatch Carrera Cup race

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Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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Harry King pulled off a double Porsche Carrera Cup GB victory at Brands Hatch as he took a dominant win in the final race of the weekend after a lunge on Matty Graham just as the safety car came out.

Starting on the second-row on the reverse-grid race, the Team Parker Racing driver quickly made progress up the field – only slightly disrupted by a first lap safety car to again recover Lucky Khera who was the unlucky victim of a multi-car tangle heading into Paddock Hill Bend.

At the lap four restart, King pulled off exactly the same move on Josh Webster as he did in race one as he dived up the inside of his team-mate going into the first corner and into second – behind pole-sitter Matty Graham.

The Porsche Junior quickly moved onto the back of the Redline Racing driver and when the safety car was called for to recover Will Martin’s car from the barriers at Hawthorn, King squeezed up the inside of Graham on the run through Clearways and onto the start/finish straight just before the race was neutralised.

King pulled off another rapid restart after the safety car came back in and left the pack behind chasing shadows.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

For a time, Graham was looking solid in second but was caught out by what appeared to be fluid on track after Mark Kimber’s Brookspeed Porsche hit the barriers going into Surtees as he was slightly nudged by Esmee Hawkey who was fending off Lorcan Hanafin.

While Kimber got out of the car unaided, the long-term effect of the crash appeared to be the fluid that both Graham and Hanafin encountered which sent them onto the grass mid-way through Surtees.

Graham’s off allowed Webster to move through into second and Ross Wylie – who had passed Kimber at Druids a few corners before his off – swooped onto the podium.

Behind him, Hawkey secured the Pro-Am Class win with fourth overall as Graham ran out of time at the end to try and regain the places he lost earlier on – he was fifth, 0.855sec behind.

Sixth went to a recovering Hanafin, with Sam Macleod in the JTR entry taking seventh after a relative quiet race two for him.

Ryan Ratcliffe took a Pro-Am podium and points overall in eighth place for Team Parker, with Scott McKenna just missing out on pipping him for that final point by 0.183sec.

Rounding out the top 10 was Dorian Mansilla, who was involved in the earlier incident with Martin as he span into the middle of the track, but avoided being clipped by the rest of the pack.

The fifth and sixth rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will be at Oulton Park on 22/23 August.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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