Andrew and Louise Richardson are looking to build on a positive opening weekend with a strong performance in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Donington Park this weekend.
Running with their Grantham-based Richardson Racing team, both showed great pace at Brands Hatch in the opening rounds, but both also encountered their fair share of misfortune in their debuts in Ginetta G50’s.
Andrew enjoyed a strong second place in class in the first Brands race, before taking the class win in the second race, breaking the G50 lap record in the process. However a fuel pump problem meant he was unable to start the final race, the lowpoint of an otherwise positive weekend that left him third in the class standings.
Looking ahead to the next rounds, Andrew said: “Donington is one of my favourite circuits and I have always been quick there. The G50 is a quick car to drive and it should all come together to be a good combination for me – a good car on a circuit I love and where I have always done well.
“I'm not sure what the difference in performance between the G55 and the G50 will be this weekend but I don't expect it to be much different to what it was at Brands Hatch. My aim is to finish as high as possible overall and I'm definitely chasing at least a podium in our class. Hopefully we can come away from the weekend with another win.”
Younger sister Louise showed pace throughout the weekend but endured a difficult weekend. Fourth place in the opening race turned out to be her only race finish, after being knocked off in the second race and unable to start the third after a wheel nut sheared before the race. This means she heads into Donington eighth in class and looking to make up some ground at the Leicestershire track.
Louise said: “I'm definitely hoping for a better weekend at Donington Park than I had at Brands Hatch! I've not been in the car since Brands but hopefully we have fixed the problems that we had there and I'll be in a position to fight for a place on the G50 podium. If I'm able to get a victory, then that would be
“Donington is the closest thing to a home track for us, but I don't feel any extra pressure because of that. It's a great circuit to race on, especially when you go down the Craner Curves, and I would love to do well there this weekend.”