|Richard Plant certainly does not hold back when he's racing his Porsche!|
Twenty-one year old Plant was one of the stars of the 2011 season and finished fifth in the final points. He was best of the newcomers to the category and took his first overall podium at Snetterton in August. He was also one of the stars of the Porsche Carrera World Cup race at the Nurburgring and earned the ‘driver of the weekend’ award for a stunning drive from the back of the 98-car grid to finish eighth among the Carrera Cup field.
“I’m delighted to be driving for Team Parking Racing for a second season,” said Plant. “After the experience I gained last year and the relationship that I built with everyone at the team, it was the perfect fit for a title challenge in 2012. Everything about the Parker squad is first class and I believe we have what it takes to really have a go at winning the series.”
Last year was Plant’s first season of sports car racing after making the switch following a successful single-seater career. He won the Formula Palmer Audi Championship and an FIA Formula Two scholarship in 2009 before being forced to take a sabbatical in 2010 due to an illness in his family.
“Last year included some highs and lows but it definitely exceeded my expectations,” said Plant. “To be top rookie was a great achievement and now I know the circuits, the car and the series I am so much more prepared to go even better this time around. I am working on my fitness and preparation everyday – I can’t wait to get back in the car.”
Team principal Stuart Parker said: “I was really impressed by Richard’s talent and application last year. He is a great lad that everyone gets along with, and he has the steely determination and ability to win races. We hope to provide Richard with the environment to fight for overall honours in 2012 and I’m sure he is capable of doing the business out on track.”