Grantham-based Richardson Racing enjoyed their best weekend of the season so far in the 2011 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, with Andrew Richardson taking two G50 class wins and Louise Richardson taking a podium finish at Snetterton.
Competing on the new 300 layout for the first time, Andrew secured third in class and twelfth overall in qualifying for the first race of the weekend. A strong start saw him climb into second, however when a G55 rival dropped oil ahead of him, Andrew was unable to stop himself sliding off track, dropping him to the back. He was able to fight his way back to fourth in class at the finish.
Starting in that place for race two, Andrew jumped up to second in class on the opening lap, then inherited the lead on lap two when the leader went off. A dominant performance for the remainder of the race saw him take the class win by nearly 19 seconds, finishing seventh overall.
A lightly start in the final race was spoiled when rivals span ahead of Andrew, forcing to back off and slot into second in class. Keeping pressure on the leader throughout, he made his move at Riches on lap seven to take the lead, which he would maintain till the end for his fourth class win of the season.
Andrew commented: “I really didn't expect to come away from the weekend with two wins, and if it hadn't been for the incident on the first lap of race one, I might even have had a hat-trick. However, a double win is fantastic and rewards the team as they did a great job.
“In the second race I kept pushing despite the fact I had such a big lead and when I got away from the line well in race three, I thought I could do the same. When the cars clashed in front I had to jump on the brakes and it allowed Jody to get past and then I was all over him as I was much quicker than him on the fast parts of the circuit.
“When I was half a car length behind him into Riches, I thought 'I'm going for it' and went up the inside and managed to make the move stick.
“Our problems earlier in the season mean that its now all about going for podiums and race wins, so this weekend it's mission accomplished.”
Younger sister Louise was making her return to action at Snetterton after missing the last two rounds due to damage received at Thruxton in May.
Qualifying seventh in class and sixteenth overall, Louise ran as high as twelfth before she settled for fourteenth and sixth in class. Race two saw a fine start put her up to third in class, before moving up to second when Hill retired. This put her behind team-mate Andrew and the duo looked set for a stunning one-two finish, however a forceful move from Jody Fannin on lap eight dropped her to third, where she finished for her third podium of the season.
The 18 year old’s hopes of matching the result in race three were hit on the opening lap when she was forced wide, dropping her down the field. She fought her way back to fifth in class, before losing a place late on when a problem started affecting her G50’s handling.
Louise said: “It's been a bit of a mixed weekend really. Getting a podium in the race two was a good result although it should have been second place as I was keeping Jody behind until he pushed me off.
“For the final race we changed a few things on the set-up and the car wasn't quite right. I'd already lost time at the start as I was forced onto the grass a few times and then had to back off to avoid people spinning in front of me, and then I was getting understeer and had to wait to get the power down out of the corners.
“Overall though, I came to Snetterton knowing I had a good car and its good to have come away from the weekend with another podium after so long on the sidelines.”