King makes up for race one near-miss with win in second Donington encounter

In Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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Harry King made up for missing out on victory in the first Porsche Carrera Cup GB race by absolutely dominating the second encounter at Donington Park.

Starting third on the reverse grid, the Team Parker Racing driver got past his team-mate Esmee Hawkey on the start and slotted in behind Redline Racing’s Scott McKenna for the run down the Craner Curves.

That position persisted for a few laps until King made best use of his quicker pace to relegate McKenna down to second and set about building an imposing lead at the front of the field – which grew to more than six seconds by the time he took a untroubled chequered flag.

He was helped by some squabbling behind. The first involved Hawkey – who took her first overall podium in race one. Defending from Webster on the run into Redgate, she was hung out to dry down the Craners as both Matty Graham and Sam Macleod forced their way past the Pro-Am leader.

Her position stabilised for a time before she was then relegated to her finishing position of seventh after coming out second-best after a captivating battle with Ross Wylie in the In2 Racing Porsche.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

With opening race winner Webster now up to third, his sights were set on robbing McKenna of his second. The pair were stuck as if by magnets as they followed each other around the East Midlands track and every now-and-then it appeared as though McKenna was starting to feel the pressure as he ran across the run-off coming out of the chicane onto the start-finish straight.

It appeared as though McKenna had given up a podium on the final lap as he braked too deep into the chicane, however he managed to cross the line in second after running deep across the gravel – rejoining 0.501s ahead of Webster to take his first podium in the Carrera Cup.

Behind, Webster just edged a drag to the line with Matty Graham by 0.069s with Macleod half-a-second back in fifth.

Wylie ended up sixth with Will Martin a few seconds behind Pro-Am Class winner Hawkey in eighth. Mark Kimber took another top 10 finish in ninth with Lorcan Hanafin recovering from a lap one spin at the Old Hairpin to take 11th.

Justin Sherwood took the Am class honours for Team Parker Racing in 14th overall.

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB continues next weekend with a pair of races at Brands Hatch.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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