Team Parker Racing’s Harry King shone in the baking heat of Donington Park to take his first Porsche Carrera Cup GB pole on his debut in the championship.
With temperatures touching 40 degrees at the East Midlands circuit, drivers were making the most of the extra grip to set blisteringly fast times at the top of the order.
For a time, it appeared as though Esmee Hawkey – in the Pro-Am class Team Parker entry – was going to continue her rapid form in Friday testing to snatch her first overall pole. However, team-mate King – winner of last year’s Ginetta GT4 SuperCup – pinched the top spot with the 12th lap of his 15-lap stint.
His 1m06.122s beat Hawkey’s best by 0.255s and with time running out she couldn’t find the extra tenths needed to regain her pole.
Josh Webster made it a Team Parker 1-2-3 as he qualified less than a tenth of a second behind Hawkey in what was generally a very competitive Carrera Cup session – everyone down to Brookspeed’s Mark Kimber in 11th qualified with a second.
That tightness was highlighted by how close Scott McKenna was from breaking the Parker strangle-hold at the top. His lap of 1m06.461 in the Redline Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was just 0.002s shy of Webster.
Fifth went to Ross Wylie – already a podium finisher this year in the Britcar Endurance Championship – with Sam Macleod 0.006s behind him in sixth.
Will Martin headed a chain of rookies separated by just over a tenth as Matty Graham and Lorcan Hanafin only just missed out on claiming seventh.
Dorian Mansilla rounded out the top 10 for Redline with team-mate John Ferguson taking pole in the Am Class, 13th overall.