Harry King continued the statistic that suggested more than 80% of Porsche Carrera Cup GB wins came from the front of the grid as he won the opening race at Oulton Park by more than six seconds.
Going against the trend so far this season, King powered away from pole position and was left untroubled in his Team Parker Racing at a dry Cheshire circuit – something of a rarity so far this weekend with rain making frequent appearances.
His nearest challenger was usual suspect Josh Webster. The Team Parker racer was under threat on the opening lap as he made a relatively sluggish start and found himself under threat from Lorcan Hanafin on the run through Old Hall, but the JTR driver couldn’t make a move stick and Webster was allowed to pull away.
Hanafin took an easy third, with Redline Racing’s Matty Graham unable to close the gap in an encounter more of a procession than a race. Graham, though, did make one of a few overtakes at Oulton as he deprived Sam Macleod of fourth at the halfway stage.
Settling for fifth was Macleod, with Scott McKenna taking sixth. Ross Wylie was nibbling at his heels in the closing stages, but his delay in being able to break through Will Martin’s defences for seventh denied him a real chance of trying to move up any higher.
With Martin in eighth, Brookspeed Automotive’s Mark Kimber and first-timePro-Am Class race-winner Ryan Ratcliffe rounded out the top ten.
The Am category glory went to Justin Sherwood as his close battler John Ferguson was slapped with a five-second time penalty for repeated track limit violations in his Redline Porsche. His relegation moved the Simon Green Motorsport pair of Lee Frost and Lucky Khera onto the class podium.