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Successful weekend at Brands Hatch

The Richardson Racing team secured a stunning first victory of the season as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB headed to Brands Hatch for the second meeting of the campaign.

Heading for the famous Kent circuit just two weeks after the season opener at Snetterton, the weekend would start well for the Corby-based team with an encouraging performance in Friday testing.

Will Martin produced the second fastest lap on the combined times with Josh Malin slotting in just behind in third, whilst Will Bratt was also firmly in the mix in eighth.

Come qualifying on Saturday, all three drivers would improve on the lap times they had set during practice, with Martin leading the challenge in fifth spot and Malin in P9, both youngsters lapping within half a second of pole.

The opening race of the weekend would be a hectic affair on a greasy circuit after light rain prior to the start.

Malin made up a place in the opening lap and he battled his way into the top six shortly after the half-way stage of the 32 lap encounter. King's retirement then moved him into fifth spot, and he retained the place through to the finish.

The grid for race two saw Malin lining up on the front row in second spit, with Martin directly behind in fourth and Bratt back in eleventh as a result of his race one retirement.

Martin was able to make his way up a place on the opening lap into third spot as Malin dropped back to fourth, and he then battled his way ahead of Lewis Plato into second place.

Having slipped back down the order when he was forced wide off the racing line the end of the fourth lap, Malin soon settled into a rhythm in the midfield pack and a trouble free run saw him cross the line in seventh spot, although a penalty elsewhere meant he would end up classified in sixth.

At the end of the weekend, Martin sits fourth in the championship standings, with Malin in seventh and Bratt holding tenth.

Malin also holds second in the rookie standings, with Richardson Racing second in the Entrant Championship.

Josh Malin, #90 Richardson Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, said:

"It's been another great weekend for me in the Porsche and as as Snetterton, I enjoyed every moment of it! Even though we went quicker than we did in practice, qualifying didn't go as well as I hoped and it meant I had work to do on Sunday, but the races more than made up for it.

"To come away from the weekend with a fifth and a sixth is really good as I didn't quite have the pace needed to get onto the podium, but I'm confident that it will come. Considering that I wasn't able to test much before the season started due to budget, I think I'm doing okay so far and I've got to thank the team and all my sponsors for their support. Hopefully I'll be able to fight for some silverware soon."


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