Double podium delight for Richardson Racing in Porsche finale
The Richardson Racing team enjoyed a strong end to an impressive debut season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a brace of top two finishes at Brands Hatch.
The Corby-based team headed for the famous Kent circuit keen to try and return to the podium positions having just missed out on a top three finish at Snetterton with rising star Will Martin.
Will ran inside the top three throughout Friday practice and looked set to build on that in qualifying when he posted the fourth fastest time in tricky, wet conditions.
However, after the session, Will was stripped of his three fastest lap times by stewards, which resulted in the #10 Porsche instead lining up in ninth place on the grid for the opening race of the weekend.
Undeterred, Will battled his way forwards to run inside the top six before a late safety car closed up the field, and on the restart, he wasted little time in getting ahead of former champion Josh Webster into fifth.
When Matty Graham and Scott McKenna then clashed, Will took full advantage to move up into third spot and crossed the line for a well earned podium finish, with a further boost coming post-race when a penalty for Mark Kimber saw him promoted into second spot.
The reverse grid put Will in fourth place on the grid for the final race of the weekend – and the season – and he settled into a podium place when the lights went out behind Mark Kimber and Callum McLeod having jumped ahead of former champion Josh Webster on lap one.
Will would have to drive with one eye on the mirrors early on to keep Harry King at bay, but despite dropping behind the champion, Will was soon back into the top three when McLeod went off at Druids to bring out the safety car.
On the restart, the talented teenager made quick work of clearing Kimber to move into second spot and would hold the place through to the finish of the race to end the year with a sixth trip to the podium.
It means Will ends the campaign in a hugely impressive fifth in the championship standings and second amongst the rookies.
“This weekend has been challenging as we had to contend with mixed conditions but it has gone really well,” he said. “I’m pleased with how I have performed this weekend and how the team has performed, and we know we will only get better.
“This season has been brilliant for me. We had a rough start but we got on top of things well and were able to learn about the car and what we needed to do to really make it work, and we have been rewarded with some strong results as the year has gone on.
“Hopefully next season we can return and build on what we have done this year and launch a challenge for the championship.”