Richard Plant has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB. The Sheffield based racer is the latest recruit for front running outfit Team Parker Racing.

The 21 year old was forced into a year out of racing in 2010 after illness in his family. He'd previously spent three years in the Formula Palmer Audi Championship, winning the championship in 2009.

Plant said: “I am delighted to be joining such a competitive championship as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and even more so to be racing for Stuart Parker's team. The series is something I have been looking at for a few years and with more and more young drivers heading to the Carrera Cup GB, I believe it is the right place to hopefully make a name for myself.

“It is going to be a huge challenge of course, but one that I am looking forward to very much. A year without racing actually gave me the chance to take a step back and choose the right direction for my career. You have the option to spend a fortune chasing the F1 dream, but I feel that sportscar racing gives me a great opportunity of ultimately becoming a professional racing driver. I think I've picked a hard year to join the Carrera Cup,” said Richard. “It's going to be a new challenge but I think the new car will be a bit of a leveler.”

Commenting on his new signing, Stuart Parker said: “Richard is an extremely talented young driver with a fantastic background, and it is very exciting for us to be working with him. The last Formula Palmer Audi champion we worked with was Tim Bridgman and he went on to win the title. Richard has that sort of ability too and we're delighted to welcome him to our team. We have a group of young chargers at Team Parker Racing this year and I expect to be challenging for wins.”