DARYL King, son of the late racing legend Raynor King, owes much of his inspiration to his father. However, the 27-year-old admits that with so many members of his family actively competing in the sport, it is something that is in his blood.
King, who has been racing since 2006, says he prefers rallying to circuit racing because of the unpredictability of the course.
"Racing is my life, I could never imagine a world without it. I was brought up in a family of racers and I've always looked up to my dad. I still think he's the greatest thing that has ever happened to rallying in Jamaica and I know he really enjoyed what he did," King told Auto.
"This is something I'm very passionate about. The rush you get from it is something I can't describe and the only thing that's on my mind when I'm on the track is winning. I try to push myself to the limit at all times. Sometimes that can be a bad thing, but it can also be very rewarding," he continued.
Driving the Thrifty Gas, Pay Now Investments and Network Automotive-sponsored Honda Civic in the JA 2 Class King is currently ranked third in the drivers championship points standing.
After his car turned over due to break failure in the last rally event in March then having to miss the recent sprint event for health reasons, King and co-driver Rameses McGregor have a lot of catching up to do. However, he says he is more determined now than ever to prove being in an accident should not hinder one from continuing on with the competition.
"When you enter the world of motor racing, you have to expect these things. Nobody said motor racing was safe and that there wouldn't be accidents. So when you have one, the best you can do is brush yourself off and go at it again to prove that life goes on and an accident can't stop you," King told Auto.
Armed with a reconstructed car, complete with an improved roll cage, an upgraded break system, a new dog box, and a fresh paint job, King says he is coming back with a vengeance. His mission: to finally walk away with a victory (be it overall or class) at the annual Raynor King Memorial Rally (in memory of his father) set for June 24 in Lydford,