Wednesday 26 September 2012 Updated: 26/09 16:36
A MATURE and composed performance earned Jordan King his maiden victory in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) at Zandvoort in the Netherlands and kept him in title contention with just one meeting of the 2012 campaign remaining.
King travelled to Zandvoort sitting 51 points adrift of championship leader Jake Dennis in the chase for the NEC crown, and needing to stay within 60 markers of his compatriot or else kiss his hopes of lifting the laurels goodbye.
Opting to save his new tyres for the races unfortunately cost the highly-rated Stoneleigh-based speed demon in qualifying, as his lack of experience on the fresher rubber hampered him in relation to his adversaries.
That left him a disappointing sixth on the 23-strong grid for race one and fourth for race two.
King’s efforts to progress in the opening encounter were persistently thwarted by a particularly defensive rival, consequently taking the chequered flag fifth when he was convinced he had the pace to fight for the podium.
Worse was to follow in race two, however, as the 18-year-old British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star and MSA Academy member found himself squeezed towards the pit wall at the start, and as he was swamped by the marauding pack, he lost the front wing of his Manor MP Motorsport single-seater in the ensuing first corner mêlée.
After pitting for a replacement and rejoining at the rear of the field, the second-fastest lap time – beaten only by the winner – simply went to underline what might have been.
With his deficit to the championship leader widening to 69 points, King’s prospects looked bleak.
But from second on the reverse grid in the weekend’s third and final outing the next day, the Hugo Boss brand ambassador turned the situation around in style to claim a memorable victory which, mathematically, kept him in the hunt ahead of October’s season finale at the legendary Belgian Grand Prix venue Spa-Francorchamps.
A delighted King said:“This result has definitely been a long time coming, and it’s so good to finally get the monkey off my back after so many second and third places.
“The win has maintained the pressure on Jake and kept the championship battle alive into the last round.
“It’s a nigh-on impossible task now at 55 points behind, but as long as there’s still the remotest of chances, we’ll keep on pushing and stranger things have happened.”
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