Richardson Racing ends on a high with Brands Hatch victory
Richardson Racing enjoyed a successful end to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season with a second victory of the campaign in the final meeting of the year at Brands Hatch.
The Corby-based team headed for the Kent circuit for the final meeting with the current specification car hoping to impress, with Will Martin, Josh Malin and Will Bratt all eager to fight for strong results on track.
Qualifying saw Martin lead the team’s challenge as he posted the fifth quickest time, with Bratt lining up in ninth spot and Malin taking tenth ahead of his first race on the famous Grand Prix circuit.
A tough start for Martin saw him bog down off the line and drop back to sixth spot but he soon reclaimed fifth from Jamie Orton before chasing down the squabbling top four ahead.
Grabbing fourth when Kiern Jewiss ran off the road, Martin then battled his way ahead of Dan Cammish into third and although Cammish then managed to reclaim the position, a red flag stoppage saw the result rolled back to the end of lap 14 - handing Martin another podium finish to add to his tally.
Malin moved ahead of Bratt at the start to run in ninth spot and was pushing hard for eighth when a spin exiting Stirlings dropped him back down to the rear of the field, with the youngster recovering to 16th by the finish.
Malin’s spin allowed Bratt to move up into ninth spot but he was then hung out to dry on lap ten when forced wide whilst fighting for position and dropped back to 13th. Recovering to twelfth by the finish, he would end up classified in eleventh due to a penalty handed out to one of his rivals ahead.
The grid draw for race two saw Martin line up in third spot and he quickly grabbed second at the start before the race went under caution for an incident further down the order. After the restart, he heaped pressure on Jamie Orton ahead before a fine move at Westfield saw him slide down the inside to grab the lead - going on to secure the win having also picked up fastest lap.
From 17th on the grid, Malin fought hard to battle his way through to tenth place at the finish, although Bratt’s hopes of a top ten finish of his own were ended by a puncture that forced him into an unscheduled stop as he finished the race back in 17th spot.
Martin ends the season fifth in the standings, with Malin - who was second best rookie - in seventh and Bratt in ninth. The team also ended the year second in the Entrants Championship.
Will Martin, #10 Richardson Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, said:
"That win was the perfect way to end what has been a great season. We all put in so much work in to make this year come together and we have been rewarded at the end of it as we have shown ourselves to be front-runners in what has been a hugely competitive season on track. We might not have been able to fight for the championship but I’m really happy with how the season has panned out, and have to say a massive thank you to the team, all my supporters, family, friends and sponsors."
Josh Malin, #90 Richardson Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, said:
"It could have gone better for sure, and I’m kicking myself for putting the car off the road in race one as that ruined the weekend. I lost the splitter in that race and then again in race two when coming up the order so it’s been a tough, but at the same time, it has been a massive privilege to be part of the the grid this season. To race this car has been a dream come true and thanks to the team, my family and friends, and all my sponsors who have made this possible."
Will Bratt, #91 Comline Richardson Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, said:
"We’ve fought really hard this weekend to try and end the season on a high, and it was a shame that the puncture in race two prevented us from taking home two top ten finishes from the season finale. Overall, this has been a tricky season for me and I think it comes down to the fact that I wasn’t able to do much testing before the season started and have been playing catch-up ever since. I’ll sit down and look at the options for next year but I think it would be key to have a proper testing programme in place to hit the ground running."