Richardson Racing enjoyed a stunning weekend of success at Silverstone, securing two pole positions, two wins, two lap records and two championship titles in the penultimate meeting of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup.
In the G55 class, Andrew Richardson secured a long awaited maiden overall win, while a fourteenth class win of the season secured Mark Davies the G50 title for 2012, with their combined success wrapping up the teams’ championship for the Grantham-based outfit.
Richardson’s weekend started perfectly when he stormed to pole position in qualifying and it continued in the opening race, the 21 year old fighting back after slipping to second early on to re-gain the lead on lap eleven, leading the remainder to take the win, setting a new lap record in the process.
From pole in race two, Richardson was beaten into turn one by Carl Breeze, before a forceful move from Tom Sharp damaged his G55, eventually dropping him to a fourth place finish.
“It’s been a good weekend and I’m pleased to have got my first win,” he said. “I said before we got to Silverstone that we needed to get a victory to show our pace and it’s great that we were able to do it.
“Having taken pole, broken the lap record and set the fastest lap in both races, I think we proved a point this weekend although I am a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to at least finish on the podium in race two as well. The car was quick but the tracking was knocked out when Tom hit me as he got ahead, and the splitter was also damaged, so we had to settle for fourth.
“However, as a team we have wrapped up the teams’ championship with a round to go, and that is a fantastic achievement. Hopefully we can celebrate in style at Brands Hatch.”
For Davies, the focus at Silverstone was to wrap up the championship title and he put himself on the right track with pole in qualifying, which he duly converted in to a dominant win.
Davies once again led from start to finish in the second race, although a five second penalty for exceeding track limits meant he was demoted to second in the final results. It was still enough to finally land him the class title though, with the Cardowan Creameries-backed driver hoping to move into a G55 for the final rounds of the year.
“I really wanted to try and wrap the championship up this weekend and hopefully I can now get into a G55 for the final round of the season and fight at the front,” he said. “We had a good run in the first race to take another win and that made things a lot easier for race two as I knew that I only really needed to finish to become champion.
“It was a bit frustrating to get the penalty in race two and I didn’t see it, but in the end it didn’t matter and I got the points that I needed to lift the title.
“Coming into the season, my aim was to win the championship and from the first practice session at Brands Hatch, I knew the car was up to the job. The team has worked well all season, and whenever they have suggested making a change to the car and have said what it will do, it’s done exactly what they said – and that hasn’t always been the case with other teams in the past. At this level, they are one of the best teams I’ve been with.”
Davies was joined in the G50 class for the weekend by series debutant Giles Dawson. The managing director of Aero Tec Laboratories was making his first racing appearance for two years and qualified fourth in class, before finishing both encounters fifth in class.
“I knew coming into the weekend that it was going to take time to get my eye in again, but I got there in the end,” he said. “I hoped I might be able to get a podium finish and I think I just needed some more time in the car to really push and fight for a stronger result.
“At the moment, the deal was just for Silverstone but when it comes to Brands Hatch, who knows? Watch this space…”
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