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HIB Young Guns ready for Snetterton

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After a long summer break, Henderson Insurance Brokers backed drivers George Richardson and Charles Bateman are looking forward to getting back out on track as the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB rolls into Snetterton. With seven weeks passing since the last round at Croft, the young guns are eager to get racing again and are hoping for a positive weekend to start the second half of the season.

The pair, who both drive for Motorbase Performance, have had good campaigns so far, despite a mixed bag of results at the last round at Croft. Richardson qualified on pole position in his pro-am2 class, but in race one, he was forced to retire from the lead of the class due to technical problems. Race two went better though, the 18-year old fighting through to second place in class and eighteenth overall. Bateman, taking part in the Pro class, finished seventh and tenth in the two races to continue a good run of consistent results.

On the weekend ahead Richardson said: “I am really looking forward to this one. We have had a lot of bad luck this year with mechanical and technical issues so hopefully we can put that behind us and come away with two good results. I am improving with every round and understanding more and more about what is required to be successful at this level. I am really looking forward to getting out there and doing the business this weekend.

“I actually raced at Snetterton two weeks ago in the Porsche GT3 cup and that went really well. The team and I decided to attend in preparation for this weekend as we had a few things we wanted to test. Following an impressive win there I think we have the pace to run at the front again this weekend and find that allusive first victory.”

Bateman, looking ahead to a challenging weekend, said: “This weekend I am focusing on performing well in qualifying to ensure I have a good starting position for the races on Sunday. So far this year I have been leaving myself a lot do in the races off the back of poor qualification. Hopefully I can put that right this weekend. The team and I have done a lot of work since Croft and I think now we can realistically hope for a top four in qualifying and a podium finish in one of the races on Sunday. We know that our car has great race pace, we just need to convert that pace into results.”

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