George Richardson is set to challenge for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-am1 title this season after unveiling his championship plans which sees him stay with David Bartrum’s Motorbase Performance team for a second season.

After taking four Pro-am2 victories in 2010 he quickly became one to watch for the future after taking the ‘most improved driver of the season’ award.

“It will be right for me to step up to pro-am1 this year,” said Richardson. “We see this as the year to really step up to the plate and the new Carrera Cup car will be a big new challenge. I've been training very hard over the winter and I'm doing five mile runs every morning to get absolutely ready,” said Richardson.

Alongside the training he has been working with the Porsche Human Performance team to prepare himself for the season ahead.

“My target is to get a top three overall finish by the end of the season. This is the second year of our three-year plan with Motorbase and I love the team,” he said. “This year I've got Tim Harvey and Michael Caine in the team, which is all good for me. I've got two wise men instead of one. The season has been a long time coming and I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car.”

Motorbase boss David Bartrum echoed Richardson being one to watch for the future: “George is ready to move up a league and keep his career momentum going forwards,” said Bartrum. “He was third in pro-am2 last year, but only six points off the title and by the end of the season he was the pacesetter. If he'd not had a water pump failure at Croft, when he was leading, he would have won pro-am2.

“George has completely grasped what it takes to be strong in a Porsche,” continued Bartrum. “He's learnt how to deal with the team and the engineers and he's learnt how to deal with the sponsors very well. He doesn't expect it to come to him; he goes out and works very hard for it.”