Strong end to GT5 Challenge campaign for Richardson Racing
The Richardson Racing team enjoyed a strong end to the 2019 Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge season with a brace of podium finishes from the season finale at Donington Park. The Corby-based team headed into the weekend looking to cement a top five championship finish with series rookie Josh Malin, who had already secured four podium finishes during an impressive maiden campaign. Having taken his maiden win in the series at the East Midlands circuit earlier in the year, the Dorset-based teenager was optimistic about his chances on track and he qualified third for the opening race of the weekend, although his second best time would only be good enough for eleventh on the grid for race two. Race one would prove to be something of a write-off for Josh and his rivals on track, after an early incident meant that most of the seven laps were run behind the safety car - leaving him to settle for fifth place having dropped two spots at the start. Race two however was a different story entirely, as Josh rocketed up to third on the opening lap having avoided chaotic scenes as the field headed down the Craner Curves for the first time. After another early safety car period, Josh battled for victory with Geri Nicosia and Gordie Mutch before crossing the line in third spot. That meant a second row start for the final race of the weekend, where Josh would once again battle throughout with Nicosia and Mutch before repeating his race two result with another third place finish. It means Josh ends the season fifth in the championship standings, with a single win and six podiums to his name.
“This weekend was brilliant,” he said. “I knew I had the potential for a win, but unfortunately we couldn’t quite knit it together. Race one was basically a parade and the safety car meant I couldn’t make up the two places I lost and I expected race two to be damage limitation after qualifying. “Somehow I managed to get up to P3 within three corners and the Craner Curves was certainly interesting! I enjoyed the fight with Geri and Gordie in that race and then in race three, and it was a great way to end the season with two podiums. “The support I’ve had this season has been incredible and I have to say thanks to the team as well as to The Car Guys, and to Lisa Hillyard from Travel Counsellors for the support - and all my family and friends who have been there along the way.” Team boss Gwyn Richardson added his delight at the way the 2019 campaign had panned out. “When Josh first got into the GT5 car at the Media Day, we knew he was going to make people take notice,” he said, “but to come out of his rookie season fifth in the championship having competed against so many seasoned GT5 drivers is fantastic.
"He's had pole positions, race wins and podiums, fastest laps and even a lap record - making him the recipient of the Sunoco Fastest Lap Award on two occasions. “It’s been a remarkable season and I know next year can't come round soon enough for him. We're really looking forward to it as well.”