2012 is set to be a big year for Grantham-based Richardson Racing as they've announced plans to expand to a three car line up and compete in both classes of the Ginetta GT Supercup.
Last season the team ran brother and sister pairing Andrew and Louise Richardson in the G50 class of the Supercup, with the team overcoming some big accidents and a small budget to collect fourteen class podiums over the year.
Andrew is remaining with the team for 2012 and will graduate to the main class for the first time in a new Ginetta G55, in only his fourth year of car racing. Richardson will be hoping to impress after a strong year in G50's, having taken eleven podiums, including four wins, on his way to fifth in class.
“Moving up to the G55 class is a great opportunity for me and also for the team.” said Richardson, who will be backed by directcctv.co.uk for the season ahead. “The competition is going to be strong and there are some really good drivers on the grid, but my aim is to fight for the championship title. Last season in the G50 class, I would have been in contention for the title if I hadn’t had to miss some races, and I want to carry the form I showed into 2012.
“The deal has been agreed earlier than last season which is good as I’ll be able to carry out some testing before the first race at Brands Hatch and I can’t wait to get started. It's a step up for me as a driver and will also help us to grow as a team.”
The team are also planning to run two cars in the G50 class, with the first driver confirmed as the reigning Ginetta Challenge champion Mark Davies. The Huddersfield-based racer, who also won the 2009 Ginetta G20 title, impressed the team during a test at the recent Ginetta Media Day at Silverstone and has now signed for the team for the year.
Davies will be looking to take class honours over the season after making an impressive debut in the series at the final rounds of 2011, taking a podium in his second race.
Davies said: “Having won the lease of a G50 as my prize for taking the Ginetta Challenge last year, it's great to have been able to do a deal with Richardson Racing for the season ahead. The team has experience of running the G50 from last season and when I tested the car on the media day, we were quick from the outset. It was a promising start to the year and I settled in really quickly.
“My aim for the season ahead is simple and that is to win the G50 title. I'm not there just to make up the numbers and I'm going into 2012 looking to challenge at the front.”
Richardson Racing are still looking to find a suitably funded driver to run in their second G50 and driver's interested are asked to contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.