King reigns supreme with Monaco masterclass
Motorsport UK Academy Team UK driver Harry King opened the 2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season with a dominant display in a truncated race around the streets of Monte-Carlo last Sunday (May 28), just before the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
22 year-old King launched ahead of polesitter and two-time Supercup champion Larry ten Voorde off the line and had enough momentum to secure the lead before the pack reached Sainte Devote (Turn 1). A few bumper-to-bumper laps followed before King was able to pull out a small lead over the Dutchman, with the order remaining stable until Finnish driver Jukka Honkavuori clattered into the unforgiving barriers exiting Casino Square on lap 13 of 17.
With the clear-up taking longer than the time remaining in the race, the safety car stayed out until the flag. King secured the win for his BWT Lechner Racing team and holds the championship lead going into the next round at the Red Bull Ring (Austria) June 30-02 July.
King is also contesting Porsche Carrera Cup Germany this year and opened that campaign with a win and a fourth at Spa-Francorchamps one month ago. Driving for Allied-Racing in that series, he currently sits third in the standings – just behind Supercup rival ten Voorde.
Three other 2023 Team UK drivers were also in action over the Monaco weekend. Luke Browning had a strong FIA Formula 3 weekend for Hitech Pulse-Eight, securing eighth in Saturday’s Sprint Race before improving to fourth in Sunday’s longer Feature Race. Jonny Edgar, driving for MP Motorsport, bounced back after a first-corner incident and subsequent DNF on Saturday to finish 14th the next day.
Meanwhile, Oliver Bearman was another to suffer contact on Saturday, leading to a retirement from the first FIA Formula 2 race. The Ferrari Driver Academy member made a storming start from 16th on the grid in Sunday’s race, with a number of impressive moves on the opening lap, and eventually finished 11th in the red-flag interrupted encounter for PREMA Racing.
FIA Formula 2 and 3 are back in action this weekend (02-04 June), supporting the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
More information about the Motorsport UK Academy and its 2023 Team UK line-up can be found here.