Richardson Racing will make a return to the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup grid for Rounds 12, 13 and 14 of the 2011 season at Croft, albeit with just one car on the grid in the G50 class for Andrew Richardson, with sister Louise still missing due to damage sustained in Round Nine.
Both of the Grantham-based drivers were forced to miss the last rounds at Oulton Park due to damage picked up at Thruxton in May. Hard work by the team, which is made up entirely of volunteers and university students, has ensured that Andrew can return to the grid for the races in the North East.
Andrew has finished on the G50 class podium three times this season and currently lies seventh in the championship standings. He will hope for more success at Croft, despite it being his debut at the North Yorkshire circuit.
Andrew said: “It's the second circuit in a row that I've not raced at before so I'll try and look at some of Louise's onboard footage from last year in the Ginetta Juniors so I can get a feel for the circuit before I get there.
“To say I'm looking forward to being back in the car this weekend is a bit of an understatement. It was hard to watch Oulton Park on the TV, especially when the conditions were wet as I think we could have come away from there with some strong results. However, it'll be good to get back on track this weekend and hopefully we'll come away from Croft with a good haul of points.”
Younger sister Louise will unfortunately miss Croft, with the team continuing to work on rebuilding her car after extensive damage caused by the start-line shunt at Thruxton. The damage meant the car had to be stripped back to the bare chassis, before being sent back to Ginetta's factory to be re-jigged. Louise, who has also been suffering from glandular fever, will rejoin the grid when the season resumes at Snetterton after the summer break.