King enjoys Champagne moment

It had, he conceded, been “a long time coming”, but now Jordan King has belatedly ascended the Formula Renault Eurocup rostrum with an inspired effort at the Hungaroring, the Stoneleigh driver is fired-up to produce a repeat performance.

King travelled to the Hungarian F1 venue - just outside of Budapest - preparing to make his debut around the famously tight-and-twisty circuit, but ever the quick learner, he proceeded to qualify a season-best third out of the 33 Eurocup contenders to leave him bullish about his prospects in the opening encounter.

However, with overtaking notoriously difficult at the circuit, the 18-year-old was to endure a frustrating afternoon staring at the gearbox of the driver in second.

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“There were a couple of opportunities to perhaps go for a move, but both would have involved a risky, late lunge,” admitted King.

“It was more important to finish on the podium than to have an accident while trying to take second place.

“It was my first-ever Eurocup podium and the first for Manor MP Motorsport as a joint operation, too, so everybody inside the team was very happy.

“It’s been a long time coming.

“We’ve known the speed has been there all year - it’s just been a case of putting it all together.”

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His finest Eurocup finish also saw King defeat a cluster of competitors backed by the likes of F1 big-hitters McLaren and Red Bull and elevated him to the top ten of the driver standings.