Plant top in rookie battle

Richard Plant behind the wheel of his Porsche Carrera.
Richard Plant behind the wheel of his Porsche Carrera.

Racing driver Richard Plant enjoyed another successful weekend after securing sixth and seventh places in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB double-header at Oulton Park.

After qualifying in eighth position for the opening contest – clearly ahead of his team-mate Sam Tordoff – Plant set about making progress up the order.

The Troway driver made one of his now customary good starts and as the chequered flag waved, Plant completed his third top six finish of the season – extending his advantage in the standings over his fellow rookies in the process.

Plant experienced the challenge of wet conditions for the first time in his Porsche career during Sunday’s race and the McDonald’s-backed racer coped admirably with the tricky handling of his 450bhp 911 GT3 cup car.

Again starting from the fourth row of the grid, Plant enjoyed yet another early fight with Al Harthy.

As the circuit began to dry at the mid-distance stage of the race, Plant was able to make good use of his smooth driving style while others were struggling to maintain performance in their tyres.

Eventually the pressure paid off and Plant swept by Al Harthy for the second time in two days.

He consolidated his position for the remainder of the race – settling for seventh in the ever changing conditions. Plant also maintained his impressive record of finishing every race this season in either the same place or higher than his starting position.

He now lies sixth in the standings, some 20 points clear of his nearest rookie rival Tordoff.

The series now makes its way to Germany for Porsche’s blue riband event of the season, where up to 200 cars are expected to contest the Carrera World Cup on the legendary 14-mile Nordschleife, Nurburgring, circuit on June 25.

Plant and the rest of the GB series will take on drivers from the French, German and Italian championships, plus the stars from the Formula 1-supporting Porsche Supercup.

Richard said: “I am happy with the progress we made over the weekend and it was good to get my first taste of wet conditions in the car.

“Of course I already want to be fighting for wins but sometimes I have to remind myself how competitive this series is and just how experienced some of these guys are. It will come though and I have to be really pleased with being the top rookie.’’