Harry King is once again the man to beat as he maintains dominant start

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Holyport's Harry King was once again the man to beat as he maintained his dominant start to the season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux.

King, who is also racing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season, claimed his fifth victory as the Benelux series headed to Zandvoort for round three.

Having set the fastest practice times in the wheel of his Parker Revs Motorsport run car, King grabbed pole position by more than a second in qualifying. His fastest lap was almost two seconds quicker than the time he'd managed in qualifying for the Porsche Supercup meeting at the same circuit last year.

Maintaining his leads at the start from Ghislain Cordeel, King wasted little time in establishing a handy lead, while rivals skirmished for places behind him. The safety car was deployed for 10 laps allowing Cordeel to close on him, however, he saw off his challenge once again and was declared the winner when the race was ended under caution following a further incident with just over one minute remaining.

From pole again in race two, King blasted off from the grid to establish another healthy lead. The race was checked again by incidents and the safety car was deployed twice, however; he held his nerve to take the chequered flag. Unfortunately, his sixth race win was stripped from him after being hit with a five second penalty for overtaking the safety car a fraction too soon on the restart.

Having again posted the fastest lap of the race, King was classified in a hugely unrepresentative fifth place, however, he maintains a healthy advantage in the points standings.

"It was another perfect weekend in terms of the pace we had in the car, as we were on it from the moment, we hit the track in testing and then grabbed pole with the quickest lap I’ve ever done around Zandvoort," he said.

"The race pace was also extremely strong and both races would have been plain sailing had it not been for the safety cars, which it seems we were unable to avoid this weekend. Race two was particularly frustrating because we were so comfortable at the front and then on the final restart, I’d left a huge gap to the safety car and all of a sudden, I came out of the final corner, and he was just cruising along.

"When I have to miss an event through my Porsche Supercup commitments, I’m chasing every point I can, so it’s a shame we lost some there. However, with the pace we displayed, I’m still confident about our chances going forwards."

Harry now turns his focus towards his home round of the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup this weekend at Silverstone with BWT Lechner Racing, where he will hope to impress in front of a partisan crowd.

"We had a strong test at Silverstone a few weeks back and expectations are high going into the weekend," he said. It was a massive shame that I didn’t get to race at the British Grand Prix last year when the Porsche race was cancelled so it will be a massive honour to compete this time around - particularly as a proud member of the BRDC Superstars programme. I’ll be pushing hard for a strong result."

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