Richard awarded drive of the day at Brands Hatch

PUBLISHED: 09:15 06 June 2014

Richard Knott and his Jaguar XJS 4000

Richard Knott and his Jaguar XJS 4000

Congresbury racing driver Richard Knott won the drive of the day on his debut at Brands Hatch.

RACING driver Richard Knott thrilled the crowds at Brands Hatch in his Jaguar XJS 4000 on his debut in the Classic SparesToyo Tires Jaguar Saloon and GT Championship.

Richard, from Congresbury and a member of Weston Motor Club, won the drive of the day award when he achieved third in class and 15th overall from 33 starters in his first-ever race.

This put him on the eighth row of the grid for the following day’s race. As the red lights went out, the field charged towards Paddock Hill and several competitors were involved in a coming together in front of Richard, who demonstrated his quick thinking to avoid the collision by going onto the loose gravel.

Throughout the 20-minute race, Richard drove the well-prepared race car superbly, much to the delight of his sponsor, Swallows Independent Jaguar of Bristol.

During the 21 laps of the Brands Hatch circuit, Richard kept the car on its limit, reeling in the other competitors and passing them, finishing the race first in class and sixth overall.

Due to work commitments, Richard will miss some of the championship rounds, but is looking forward to the next round at Donnington Park.

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