KING MOVING ON UP.
HIGHLY-RATED Warwickshire race ace Jordan King is planning a full-scale assault on the Northern European Cup and the fiercely-contested Eurocup after snubbing offers from GP3 and Formula 3 teams in favour of a second season in Formula Renault.
The 18-year-old Princethorpe College student had a handful of exploratory outings in the Northern European Cup and FIA Formula Two Championship last season after stepping up from karts.
Next season he will race for Manor MP Motorsport against 33 international rivals - the F1 stars of tomorrow - on circuits including Paul Ricard, Hungaroring, Catalunya, Nrburging and Spa-Francorchamps.
King said: "I'm really looking forward to it all. Having been to some of the tracks before - and having been quick around them - is a massive confidence boost.
"Going to Europe is definitely the best way to advance my career. There's no question in my mind that it's the right move now - the logical next step. You need to be constantly pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone - that's what it's all about. "By the same token, I'm under absolutely no illusions about what I'm going into - the competition is going to be massive. There will be a huge number of cars on the grid and quite a few of the circuits will be new to me again, so I'm facing another learning curve.
"All-told, it's probably going to be the toughest year I've had in my racing career so far but I want it to be another successful one and to make progress again.
"I'm feeling pretty confident, and I'm excited about the prospect of racing on some real F1 circuits. When I first began racing, I watched F1 and that was where I wanted to be - so to now be driving around some of the same tracks is a little bit surreal! I've got to where I dreamt I might one day be and racing around the same places as my heroes. I can't wait to get started."
CONFIDENT: Jordan King is looking forward to competing in Europe next season. Picture: Bruce Jenkins