King out-battles Webster to secure fifth Porsche Carrera Cup victory

In Porsche Carrera Cup GB

In tricky conditions at Oulton Park, Harry King proved he had sharper elbows than rival Josh Webster as he secured Porsche Carrera Cup victory at Oulton Park.

With the day-long rain finally easing in time for the second race of the weekend, the grid – with the exception of John Ferguson – went for wets on the drying circuit and that initially gave them good traction.

It was that traction that Redline Racing team-mates Scott McKenna and Matty Graham utilised to great extent as they powered into Old Hall with a handy lead over the pack behind.

Their advantage didn’t last long though as first Webster and then King pushed their way through the partially-reversed grid to move into the top two places and started squabbling amongst themselves.

On the tricky to overtake Oulton circuit, Webster was keeping his defence strong and not allowing his Team Parker Racing team-mate through. Even with a safety car to recover Sam Macleod’s beached JTR Porsche, Webster kept his head at the restart and looked to be staying in the lead. However, on the run down the Avenue and into Cascades King moved himself alongside and – with a bit of rubbing between the pair – muscled his way into the lead.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

With just a couple of laps to go, King kept his cool on his wets on what was almost a completely dry circuit and held on to take his fourth win in a row after his double-success at Brands Hatch.

McKenna took a podium behind Webster, just one second behind, with Graham the same distance away from his team-mate having held position after losing pace early on.

Ross Wylie benefitted from Lorcan Hanafin and Macleod tangling at the Island Hairpin to secure fifth with Hanafin recovering to sixth.

Seventh went to Mark Kimber who fought off the feisty Dorian Mansilla in the opening stages to move up from his starting position of ninth. A spin for Will Martin dropped him down the order, but he recovered up to eighth with Mansilla finishing behind.

Ryan Ratcliffe rounded out the top ten for Team Parker and secured his second Pro-Am win of the weekend. Behind him, Aaron Mason secured a Pro-Am podium as he out-dragged eventual Am Class winner Ferguson on the run through Deer Leap and up to the chequered flag. He secured 11th by just 0.045s.

The next round of the Porsche Carrera Cup is next weekend, with the field heading north and across the border for a pair of races at Knockhill.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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