Bryony King has achieved her best single-seater finish to date with an impressive fifth place coming in the opening Formula Jedi race at Rockingham. In just her third weekend of car racing, Bryony showed excellent consistency throughout the weekend and was rewarded with a strong top-5 finish in race one. She then backed this up with a solid race two and enjoyed a number of close battles on her way to an eighth place finish at one of the most challenge circuits on the calendar.
After a couple of days testing with driver coach Alice Powell, King was ready for the first qualifying session on Saturday morning. Setting some fast initial lap times, Bryony was sitting comfortably inside the top-10 during the first half of the 20 minute session. As qualifying reached its conclusion, a number of drivers were able to improve their lap times which left Bryony with a fifth row starting spot in ninth place.
Race one of the weekend took place on Saturday afternoon with Bryony aiming to make good progress from her ninth place grid position. Although the young driver fell back to 11th early on, King maintained her focus and slowly moved her way forward; entering the top-10 on lap two before rising to seventh as the safety car was deployed on lap six. Bryony did a great job to stay in touch with a number of experienced drivers on the restart and was looking good to collect a seventh place result. However, on the final lap of the race two drivers ahead were involved in an incident which moved King into fifth position to claim her best single-seater finish to date. This was a welcome confidence booster following mechanical problems at the previous round at Silverstone which meant Bryony could not take part in either of the races.
With Formula Jedi drivers qualifying for the second race separately, King was targeting further improvements during the second qualifying session on Sunday morning. Some overnight rain had made the track damp for the beginning of qualifying but Bryony rose to the challenge and set some highly competitive lap times early on. As the track began to dry, all drivers found considerable improvements with King ending the 20 minute session in ninth place.
Dry conditions presented themselves for the second race with Bryony making a good start but dropping back to tenth on the opening lap. After re-gaining the position on lap two, King set some fast laps and moved up into seventh position by the end of lap four. During the middle portion of the race, Bryony was continuing to apply the pressure to Jonathan Hunter ahead but was unable to find a way past. With a great run out of the final turn on the penultimate lap, King was in a prime position to make the move and experienced a close battle on the last lap before finishing in eighth place.
Despite a challenging start to the season, King will be encouraged by her pace at Rockingham and to collect a top-5 finish in just her third car racing meeting is a great accomplishment. Experiencing close battles in both of the races will help to develop Bryony’s racecraft and give her valuable understanding of the car heading into the remainder of the season. The next round of the Formula Jedi Championship takes place next month at Brands Hatch where Bryony will be hoping to continue her progress in the highly competitive single-seater championship.
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