Youngster Harry King bounced back from a tough qualifying session to secure a pair of top six finishes from the latest rounds of the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship at Croft.
The Holyport racer was hoping to enter the series’ summer break on a high with a strong performance in the North Yorkshire triple-header, but endured a tough qualifying session in wet conditions that left him tenth on the grid for the opening race.
Making the most of the pace in his Elite Motorsport-run car, Harry battled his way forwards in the opening race of the weekend to secure sixth place and a solid haul of points towards his championship tally.
With his second best time deciding the grid for race two, Harry was left needing to make up places again from eleventh on the grid, although he would race his way into the top ten to finish in ninth spot.
A closely fought final race of the weekend saw Harry embroiled in train of cars challenging for the podium positions before he eventually crossed the line in sixth place – less than two seconds away from victory.
“Qualifying put on the back foot this weekend and it made it difficult for race day,” he said. “We had a problem with water getting into the car and it affected my visibility and I lost time as a result, which put us out of position on the grid.
“It’s good that we came through and made up places in each of the three races, but the pace in the car showed that we could have got more if we’d been able to qualify where we should have been.
“The team has done a fantastic job again this weekend and it’s unfortunate that we’ve not got the results that they deserved. It hasn’t been the easiest first half of the year and we aren’t where we hoped to be at this stage, but with the pace in the car, I’m confident we’ll push forwards in the second half of the season.”