After starting the season in Formula Jedi, she decided to switch to the Mini Challenge Cooper class and has competed in the final three race weekends of the season. The first was at Oulton park where she had a very wet Mini baptism in rainy conditions. Then it was onto Donington where she got stuck into some very close racing. Now it was Snetterton and due to her university commitments, she would be unable to take part in testing so qualifying would be her first time on track. This would make things very tough indeed as she would have to do all her learning while trying to compete. Snetterton is one of the harder circuits to master and so it looked like being her hardest weekend in the Mini challenge so far.
Qualifying proved to be as tough as everyone expected. With no testing and only limited experience in the car she took twelfth place on the grid.
The first race of the weekend was later that day. King got a good start and soon got into a race long battle for eleventh. After hounding her rival for several laps, King made her move at the hairpin close to the end of the race and powered past. Unfortunately, on the next lap, he pulled the same trick leaving King to finish eleventh but it was still a positive start.
Race two was on Sunday morning and King improved her pace further and crossed the line in tenth place boosting her confidence of a strong race three. She was probably now at the stage she would have been if she had been able to test.
Race three, the final race of the 2017 season was part way through Sunday afternoon. King made her best start of the weekend and was soon battling with the two cars that had started ahead. She was now looking very racy and back to the form that she had shown at the previous two meetings.
After a race long battle with some rivals she took another tenth place. The result didn’t show the improvements she had made with the car really looking competitive against her rivals.
King was pleased with how the weekend had eventually turned out;
“The last race weekend of the year is complete. It was very tough to say the least with no testing and going straight into Qualifying. Each race was more like a practice session but by the end my race craft was improving and I learnt a lot. Thanks to Alice Powell [Her driver coach], my parents, my neighbours and good friends Pete and Lynn for supporting as well as Sean from SG Autotint! Time for winter testing.”
King now hopes to get lots of testing in before a full season in the Mini challenge in 2018 where she will be going for her first podium and then hopefully on to her first win.By Marc Waller