Strong WTCC debut leaves Richard wanting more

Strong WTCC debut leaves Richard wanting more

30/10/2017 at 06:00Updated 30/10/2017 at 06:07

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Kris Richard doesn’t want his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut to be a one-off after he impressed at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan yesterday.

Taking part as his prize from championship promoter Eurosport Events for winning the FIA European Touring Car Cup in 2016, the 22-year-old placed P14 and P12 in the two rain-hit races, scoring WTCC Trophy points on both occasions.

With no prior experience of his Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze or Twin Ring Motegi, the Swiss adapted well to his new surroundings and beat several more experienced drivers.

Speaking ahead of his 20-hour return journey home to Switzerland, which involves changing planes in Dubai before reaching Zurich, Richard said: “First of all a big thanks to the Campos Racing team and to all the people who helped me this weekend.

“I learned a lot, especially how to drive in the proper wet in a touring car for the first time. It was difficult to adapt myself to the new car and the circumstances in such a short amount of time but I was able to beat the lap time of Tom Coronel by two-tenths in the Opening Race. I tried to measure myself with him because we have the same car.

“In the Main Race I was able to catch Coronel and finished P12 behind the safety. There was so much water on track that it was impossible to continue the race. I hope I will get another chance to show my skills and I am looking forward to the next race but I don’t know when that could be.”