Richardson Racing can today confirm that it will expand its programme in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB to include a second car after agreeing a deal to re-sign Josh Malin for the 2021 season.
On the back of a successful title-winning stint in the Mazda MaX 5 Racing Championship, Josh joined forces with Corby-based Richardson Racing back in 2019 as he graduated into the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, marking himself out as one to watch with a series of eye-catching performances that included a maiden win at Donington Park.
Returning to the series again last year, Josh would prove to be a title contender from the outset, and an impressive tally of seven wins saw him hold the championship lead heading into the Silverstone season finale.
On one of the most dramatic weekends seen in the series in recent memory, Josh emerged on top of a titanic battle with his closest rivals to secure the title by just four points and add another championship crown to his already impressive resume.
The decision to promote Josh into the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for 2021 comes as Richardson Racing embarks on its second season in the category after an impressive debut campaign twelve months ago.
Running a single car for fellow Ginetta graduate Will Martin, the team secured a maiden race win at Thruxton, with Martin ending the year fifth in the championship standings and second amongst the rookie drivers.
Josh’s debut alongside Will in the new-look multi-car Porsche programme will come at Snetterton in June.
Josh Malin, Richardson Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, said:
“Originally I was planning to try and take the next step on the Ginetta ladder for 2021, but when the chance came up to join the Porsche Carrera Cup with Richardson Racing, it was one I took with both hands. Like many young racing drivers, I dreamed about the possibility of one day being able to race a Porsche, and it’s a dream come true to now have the chance to do that during the season ahead.
“I was able to see first hand last year how the team got on in its first year with the Porsche, and how well Will did in his rookie season. I’m delighted to have the chance to join him on track this year, although I’m under no illusions about how big the challenge will be with the likes of of Harry King, Dan Cammish and Lorcan Hanafin alongside Will on the grid.
“It’s a bit too early for me to set any expectations about what I want to achieve, but I’d like to do well amongst the rookie drivers, and my focus will be on learning as much as I can and doing the best job possible. I can’t wait to get started!”
Gwyn Richardson, Richardson Racing team principal, said:
“It goes without saying that we are absolutely delighted to confirm that Josh will remain with the team for a third year in 2021, and that he will be part of our expanded Porsche programme for the new season.
“Over the last two years, we have seen him develop a huge amount as a driver and have no doubt that he has both the talent and the speed to make the step up into the Carrera Cup.
“In Josh and Will, we have a hugely exciting driver pairing that I’m sure will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to build on the success we enjoyed in the series last year.”