Plant is top Porsche rookie

Racing driver Richard Plant
Racing driver Richard Plant

Richard Plant claimed the best result of his short Porsche Carrera Cup GB career so far by securing an impressive fourth place in the opening race at Donington Park on Sunday.

The Troway-based racer was once again in good form at his home circuit, following up his best ever result with another consistent run to seventh place in race two.

Plant’s solid points haul moved him up to fifth in the overall standings – the highest-placed rookie – after just four rounds of the 2011 season.

The weekend started in promising fashion when the GWPrice and McDonald’s backed speedster set the fourth fastest time during testing. Plant was unable to replicate the same result during qualifying however, when he had to settle for eighth on the starting grid, after being held up by a spinning backmarker during his quickest run.

At the end of the first race, Plant (21) was hassling championship leader James Sutton for third – narrowly missing out on his maiden podium position by just 0.395s.

In race two Plant made his way up to seventh from eighth on the grid, but settled for position thereafter with overtaking opportunities proving hard to come by.

The consistent and speedy start to Plant’s Porsche Carrera Cup GB career has been impressive so far with this latest batch of results pushing him up to fifth in the overall standings of a highly competitive 25-car field. The top rookie will resume his season when the series visits Thruxton in Hampshire on April 30/May 1,