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News 2010: Richardson Samples a BMW

November 30th

George RichardsonAs an end of season reward for his performance in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Motorbase driver George Richardson was given a test in one of the team's BMW touring cars at Brands Hatch.

The teenage racer had a superb Porsche season, ending the year with four straight pro-am2 wins to finish third in the category. Although his future plans remain the Carrera Cup, George was delighted to have the chance to sample a touring car.

"He did very well in bad weather and he impressed the touring car section of the old firm," said team boss David Bartrum as Richardson ran in tricky conditions on the Indy circuit.

George Richardson"My main concern was to bring it back in one piece," said Richardson. "It was a great opportunity and I'm grateful to David and everyone at Motorbase for the chance. It was just a taster to give me a feel for what its like to drive a touring car. It was a lot more precise than I expected and it was a technical challenge. It does stop well, but it has different characteristics to the Porsche. There was a lot of grip once we finally got the tyres up to temperature."

However, George says that his future plans remain very much based around the Carrera Cup, with a progression into pro-am1 for 2011 and then the pro category in 2012.

"Driving the BMW was a fantastic experience but I'm still very much pro Porsche and I'm keen to add some other races to my programme, maybe in the Supercup. I may look at touring cars in the longer term future but I'm definitely Porsche for now!"