Holyport's Harry King battles hard to claim historic podium at Silverstone

Holyport's Harry King became the first British driver in nearly a decade to claim a place on the podium in the Mobil 1 Supercup at Silverstone on Sunday.

King held off the attentions of BWT Lechner Racing teammate Dylan Pereira to take third on his home circuit and continue his solid start to the season in the F1 support series.

The Holyport driver came into the event off the back of another exceptional weekend in the Benelux Cup in Zandvoort, and he picked up where he left off on a circuit that's less familiar to him than you might expect.

With the 2021 Silverstone event cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, King wasn't able to race there last year and, with the Porsche Carrera Cup GB races taking place on the shorter National layout, this was his debut on the track in this competition.

Having achieved his maiden podium of the series at Imola in the first round of the competition, he produced a top five finish around the streets of Monte Carlo a few weeks later.

Once again, he showed good pace in Friday's practice session and was third fastest going into the race after a tricky qualifying session affected by rain on Saturday.

The weather improved significantly for Sunday's race, and King made a swift start from the grid, blasting past Larry Ten Voorde going through Abbey.

He then made a brave move for the lead on Laurin Heinrich, only for the defending champion to reclaim second place heading into the Wellington Straight.

Debris on the track led to the race being temporarily halted and, when the race resumed, King became embroiled in a tense battle for third with Pereira - the winner at Imola.

On more than one occasion Pereira tried to cut inside King and edge him off the podium, but King kept the racing line to hold off attacks at Stowe and on the Wellington Straight and deservedly claimed a historic place on the podium.

In doing so he became the first British driver since the late Sean Edwards back in 2013 to claim a podium position in the event.

The result lifts him up to fourth in the championship standings ahead of round four at the Red Bull Ring - a circuit where Harry enjoyed success in the Porsche Carrera Cup and Benelux Cup this season.

“From the moment we hit the track in practice we have been really competitive this weekend,” he said. “We showed strong pace which set us up well for qualifying, and that proved to be a very weird session with the rain coming down as it did, as we only really got one lap in to secure P3.

“In the race, I got a good start to get ahead of Larry at turn one and then tried an audacious move on Laurin, but it didn’t quite come off and Larry was able to sneak back through.

“From there, it was plain sailing as we were all quite similar on pace, but I’m delighted to score a podium on my first appearance at my home Grand Prix.

“To be the first British driver on the podium at Silverstone for a decade is a very proud moment and hopefully we can build on this when we go to Austria next weekend.”

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