Thrilling late moves secures Harry King Porsche victory in Brands Hatch opener

In Porsche Carrera Cup GB

A breath-taking dive down the inside of then-leader Josh Webster secured Team Parker Racing’s Harry King a hard-fought victory in the opening Porsche Carrera Cup GB race at Brands Hatch.

Starting on pole, the Porsche GB Junior lost out on the run to Paddock Hill Bend to team-mate Webster who made a better launch from the outside of the front-row and then held his nerve round the outside of the descending right-hander to lead into Druids.

King didn’t give the place up without a fight though and was filling the mirrors of the 2014 champion but had to put a temporary pause on his battle as a safety car was called for after a coming together for John Ferguson and Lucky Khera left the latter in the Paddock Hill gravel trap.

When the action resumed a few laps later, Webster quickly established some breathing space over King but then another safety car just after the halfway mark closed the order back up again.

A lap after the restart – to recover Ferguson and Justin Armstrong who collided and went into the Druids gravel – and King seized his chance. Racing into Paddock Hill, King moved to the inside and went later on the brakes to power his way through into the lead.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

With the lead battle settled, it was the turn of Lorcan Hanafin and Matty Graham to duel it out for the final spot on the podium. Graham was fending off Hanafin for the majority of the race and on the final lap it appeared the Redline Racing driver was going to be able to hold onto his place.

However, Hanafin finally found a gap in Graham’s defences and made a great move at the Surtees left-hander to squeeze his way through and hold on for the podium, with Graham forced to settle for fourth.

Fifth went to Ross Wylie, but the IN2 Racing driver was probably surprised at his final finishing position as a number of incidents in the final two laps cleared the way for him to power through.

First, Sam Macleod nudged Scott McKenna into the gravel at Clearways – which the Ginetta GT5 champion managed to drive through – and then Macleod himself was given a nudge going into Druids which forced him wide and allowed both Wylie and Mark Kimber to squeeze through. McKenna, meanwhile, finished 14th.

Behind sixth-placed Kimber – the rookie’s best finish so far this year – Macleod held on to take seventh, despite late pressure by Pro-Am Class winner Esmee Hawkey.

Ninth went the way of Am Class winner Justin Sherwood with Will Martin rounding out the top 10 in the Richardson Racing Porsche.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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