Rising star Harry King endured a challenging weekend at Oulton Park as the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship headed north for the fourth round of the year.
The Holyport driver went into the weekend looking to challenge for his third podium finish of the season at the wheel of his Elite Motorsport-run car.
Having run inside the top six in practice, Harry was hoping to challenge for pole position in qualifying, which was held in damp conditions after the arrival of rain at the Cheshire circuit.
After putting in a banker lap, Harry elected to pit to allow the team to make a number of changes to his car before heading back onto the circuit to make his bid for pole – setting the quickest lap of the session on his final lap.
It would prove to be in vain however, with a penalty for running wide at turn one seeing him lose his quickest lap and leaving him down in 15th place on the grid for race one.
Despite the tight nature of the Oulton Park circuit, Harry made the most of the speed in his car to quickly work his way through the field in the opening race and by the end of lap two, had already climbed into the top five.
An issue with the car that saw him lose power however meant he would slip back to seventh by the finish.
With the problem resolved, Harry was ready to come out fighting in race two and fought his way from 13th up to sixth by lap four.
It would prove to be in vain however as starting lap six, Harry suddenly slowed on the exit of Old Hall when the clutch failed, putting him into retirement.
Harry ends the weekend sitting in a share of fourth in the standings.
“In qualifying we took a bit of a gamble on making a change to the car mid-session and when I went back out onto the circuit, I ran wide going through turn one and put a wheel off the track on my quick lap,” he said. “I kept pushing to show the pace we had, and the lap would have put us onto pole position before the penalty.
“From P15 on the grid, I knew a difficult race day lay ahead so it was a case of simply trying to make the most of it. The guys at Elite Motorsport gave me a fantastic car – as always – and even though it is tough to overtake at Oulton Park, I managed to climb up as high as fifth in race one.
“The team worked hard to fix the issue that developed towards the end of race one and I think we were on for a good result in race two and then the clutch failed – which is something else we just couldn’t prepare for.
“It’s been a tough weekend but we’ve had out fair share of bad luck this season so far and hopefully things will change when we get to Croft next time out.”