Plant Excited By Supercup Opportunity
Submitted on June 27th 2012 23:31 by Thomas Surgay.
Richard Plant is looking forward to making his Porsche Mobil1 Supercup debut at Silverstone on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July. The Team Parker Racing driver is one of eight regulars from the British Carrera Cup who will appear in the Supercup race which will support the British Grand Prix.
With around 250,000 fans expected at the Northamptonshire circuit over the course of the weekend this is without the biggest race of Plant’s career and he cannot wait for it.
“This is a huge opportunity for me. Racing as part of the British Grand Prix event and in Porsche’s main championship is a real honour and shows how far our hard work has taken us. I have not actually raced at the new Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and the car will be new to me too, so I have just got to enjoy the experience really. Of course, we want to be competitive but I will be up against some of the best and most experienced sportscar drivers in the world, so I am under no illusions how tough it is going to be. I am determined to enjoy the weekend and racing in front of thousands of cheering British fans will be fantastic,” said Plant.
Plant, who won the first Carrera Cup GB race of his career back in April at Brands Hatch in the opening round of the season, goes into the Supercup race seventh in the standings of his domestic series at the halfway stage of the season after a troubled meeting at Croft last time out. A fuel pressure problem meant he had to start the first race of the weekend from the pitlane and on the narrow North Yorkshire circuit could only manage eleventh a result which he matched in the second race.
Of his Croft weekend, Plant said: “We were unable to correct the problems with the car during the weekend and it left me nearly two seconds per lap slower than my usual pace. We will come back 100% ready for Snetterton of course, but now I am fully focused on my Supercup opportunity.”