MARTIN Richardson was happy with the outcome of his first race of the season.

The Appleton Thorn racer, competing in a team of four, came home second in an event that marked the return of motorsport at Donington Park following the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19.

"The circuit was open to teams of four with no spectators allowed. A very unusual way to go motor racing but nevertheless extremely pleased to be back on track," said the Latchford locksmith, 66.

"The meeting included the Equipe GTS three-hour relay race which I was competing in for the third consecutive year.

"All entries are for sports cars pre-1965 so these include MGs, Jaguars, Porsches, TVRs and other such historic classic sports cars.

"After practice we were fifth on the grid and looking forward to a close race with those around us.

"After the first half hour we were second overall and continued in both first and second for the next two-and-a-half hours.

"We finally finished second overall, beaten by a team of Lotus Elans. A fantastic result with our team punching way above its weight."

Richardson, managing director of Safeguard (N/W) Ltd, hopes to be back in action again soon at either Donington Park or Oulton Park.