Richardson Racing secured another brace of points scoring finishes as a busy month of racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB came to an end at Knockhill.
The Corby-based team made the trip to Scotland for the fourth event in five weekends looking to build on a solid outing at Oulton Park, where series rookie Will Martin had battled his way to two top eight results.
A busy week of testing allowed the talented teenager to get up-to-speed at one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar, with Will going fourth quickest in a day of official running on Wednesday and then sixth amongst the Pro runners on Friday.
That left Will confident for qualifying but despite lapping just half a second away from pole, he was left with work to do from ninth on the grid for race one after a session affected by traffic and two red flag stoppages.
Having dropped a place when the lights went out at the start, Will was soon making his way back up the order with a fine move on Esmee Hawkey at the hairpin seeing him reclaim P9 by the end of lap one.
Will’s forward progress continued as he worked his way into the points before coming up behind the car of Mark Kimber, with the pair engaging in a long battle for sixth spot.
Putting his rival under huge pressure, Will eventually found a way through to secure his best result of the year to date.
An impressive start to the second race saw Will making up places to run in fifth spot before an unfortunate spin at the hairpin dropped him right to the back of the field.
Undeterred, Will got his head down and worked his way back up the order in fine style, setting the third fastest lap of the race as he fought his way to eighth place for a second points scoring result of the weekend.
The points scored across the two races mean Will has now moved up to eighth in the standings ahead of round five next month at Thruxton.
“In pre-event testing we made huge progress, and we knew we had good pace in the car going into the weekend, particularly in race trim,” he said. “In qualifying however, I didn’t make the most of the first tyre run which left us down in p9 which I wasn’t too happy about but I knew we could fight back.
“Race one went well as I fought back after the start to get my best result so far, and then in race two, I got a mega start and knew we had the pace to run with the front pack.
“Sadly I had an issue at the hairpin when the field backed up and dropped to P17, but came through to eighth and was one of quickest drivers on track, so I’m really pleased with that.
“We might not have got the results on paper so far, but this season isn’t about results; it’s all about learning as much as possible. We can have a breather now to reflect on how we’ve done before Thruxton and hopefully we can go well there.”