Kris Richard earns second Campos Racing outing in Qatar

Kris Richard will return to the Campos Racing team for the final rounds of the World Touring Car Championship season in Qatar this week.

Richard joined the team in Japan as his prize for winning the 2016 FIA European Touring Car Cup, taking finishes of 14th and twelfth in the two rain-affected races at Twin Ring Motegi.

With Campos regular Esteban Guerrieri again standing in for the injured Tiago Monteiro at Honda, Richard has been rewarded for his performance in Japan with a second outing in Campos’ Chevrolet Cruze, with his focus firmly on bringing on the experience gained thus far to challenge for two solid finishes.

“I’m really happy to get this opportunity again,” he said. “It’s good for promoting myself but of course it’s good for the experience and I really hope I can drive a TC1 World Touring Car in dry conditions to really try to prove what I can do. I know where the buttons are and I know how the car works and this helps the confidence, especially after Japan.

“The first goal is to get into Q2, the second to catch Tom Coronel because he has the same car as me and he’s a very experienced driver. After this I want to show some good skills, some good manoeuvres and have some nice fights. Of course I have to be realistic but a top 10 would be perfect for me. I know it will be difficult but if we can bring everything together I am optimistic I can do something.

“I’ve looked at some on-boards several times and the first impression is I like this track. Racing at night will be a new experience but I’ve seen from the footage the floodlights mean it’s close to being like daylight.”