Richardson Racing enjoyed another fruitful MSA Formula weekend with Loiuse Richardson achieving her fifth top ten finish of the season. However; it was a weekend that could have promised so much more with a variety of collisions and technical issues stopping her from achieving better.
Qualifying had seen her set a time good enough for fourteenth as she hoped to make progress in the first race. Unfortunately for the 22 year old, she was spun on the opening lap. Although she fought back to fifteenth. It wasn’t the success she’d hoped for.
After fuel-pump issues ended her second race, she made good progress in race three. A good start saw her in the queue of cars fighting for third towards the end of the race, however; a last lap move by recovering championship contender Ricky Collard demoted her to ninth, losing her two precious points.
“It’s been another weekend of mixed emotions,” she said. “Race one was just one of those unlucky things where a driver behind suffered a brake issue and I got tipped into a spin, and then in race two, the fuel pump issue forced us out.”
“In race three, we really found the set-up and the car felt strong. We matched the pace of the front-runners throughout and it was another indication of what we are capable of. Setting the fourth quickest lap was really encouraging.”
“Unfortunately in the last few meetings we haven’t been able to string the whole weekend together and have had a combination of highs and lows. Hopefully when we get to Silverstone, we can have a strong weekend from start to finish.”
Also competing for the Richardson Racing team at Rockingham was Greg Holloway, making his MSA Formula debut, having competed in Formula Ford last year.
“It was great to get back into a car after so long away and I really enjoyed the weekend,” he said. “I think I made some good improvements across the weekend and I’m looking forward to being back out again in the future, whenever that may be.”
“Compared to the car I raced last year, the MSA Formula car gave me a lot more confidence and I felt more comfortable behind the wheel. It was good fun.”
Over the three races, Holloway managed to secure a best result of sixteenth as he eased himself into new surroundings.