MOTOR RACING: Castle Bytham team pleased with debutant driver

Alex Toth-Jones makes an impressive debut at Thruxton. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Alex Toth-Jones makes an impressive debut at Thruxton. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
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Richardson Racing boss Gwyn Richardson was delighted with the performance of his new driver as the Castle Bytham-based team returned to competitive action in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Championship at Thruxton over the weekend.

The team’s new driver Alex Toth-Jones, 18, made his race debut in his Ginetta G40, qualifying ninth quickest on the 22-car grid and finishing race one in eighth.

Race two saw him demoted to the back of the field following contact at the chicane, but he battled through the field to still finish a creditable 13th.

Gwyn said Alex’s debut display on track was a clear indication of his potential: “To only be half a second away from the top three in qualifying is a good effort and I think Alex can be really happy with that. He has taken a very sensible approach to the weekend and we’ve been very impressed with the way he has driven.

“Even with the limited time he has spent in the car before the weekend, his pace is already clear to see and with some more time to develop his racecraft, we have no doubt at all that he has the potential to run at the front of the field.”