Bryony King has showed her fighting spirit during a gruelling weekend at Brands Hatch with a number of strong finishes in the Formula Jedi Championship. In her debut season in single seaters, Bryony has made the step up from karting and showed brilliant racecraft in a field of more experienced drivers. King enjoyed her best qualifying performance to date yesterday by lining up fourth for the third race of the weekend, before going on to collect a number of top-10 finishes.
After showing good speed throughout testing leading up to the weekend, Bryony was confident heading into the first qualifying session of the weekend. King immediately jumped inside the top-5 and stayed there for the majority of the session before ending qualifying in seventh, just three tenths of a second away from pole position.
Race one got underway later on Saturday morning with King making a good start but was shortly handed a 10 second penalty for a jump start. This didn’t deter the young driver as she set the fastest lap of the race on lap six which she held for the majority of the event. Running in eighth at the halfway point with the penalty applied, Bryony continued to set competitive lap times in the second half of the race to end the 20 lap contest in seventh overall, an extremely positive start to the weekend.
With a partial reverse grid in race two, this would mean Bryony would get the chance to start from the outside of the front row. Unfortunately King dropped to sixth on the opening lap and held that position as the safety car was deployed on lap four. When the racing resumed, Bryony did well to fight off pressure from Andrew Dunn but slipped to seventh by the end of lap 10. The racing was intense as ever in the Formula Jedi Championship with Bryony collecting solid points by finishing in eighth after a late race battle with Dan Clowes.
Sunday brought a new qualifying session for the drivers held in damp conditions at Brands Hatch with many of the field believing they had a chance for pole position. As the times continued to tumble during the session, Bryony gained confidence and set a wonderful last lap to secure her best Formula Jedi Championship qualifying performance to date in fourth position.
The third race of the weekend began with dry conditions as Bryony dropped to ninth after the opening lap. Following her strong race performances in the two races on Saturday, King knew she would be able to fight her way back through the field. This proved to be the case as Bryony moved up to eighth by lap six and was applying the pressure to the drivers ahead of her. A safety car and subsequent red flag brought the race to an early conclusion on lap 11 but King was able to gain a further positon to finish in seventh.
Once again starting from the front row courtesy of the reverse grid, Bryony was hoping to make use of her track position and possibly take her first ever podium in single seaters. Despite dropping to tenth on the opening lap, King’s race pace was once again extremely strong as she climbed to ninth by the end of lap two. At the halfway mark, Bryony was up to seventh with some excellent driving and was hot on the heels of her more experienced competitors. With a great pass on Clowes, King was up to sixth with five laps to go but was unable to pass Jonathan Hunter for fifth despite her best effort. Nonetheless, sixth place was a great way to end a very busy weekend of Formula Jedi racing at Brands Hatch with the drivers facing a mixture of conditions.
Bryony has made a very impressive start to her single seater career with the Formula Jedi Championship providing the ideal starting point for any young drives aiming for a career in motorsport. King’s race pace will give her the most encouragement as she was regularly able to lap as fast as the lead group of drivers whilst making a number of excellent overtakes at one of the most challenging circuits in the country. The next round of the Formula Jedi Championship will take place at Donington Park with Bryony aiming to continue her good form from Brands Hatch.
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