Louise and Andrew Richardson are set to lock horns in this season's Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, the first time they will compete against each other. The duo will run with family outfit Richardson Racing in a pair of G50's.
The Lincolnshire-based team will be run by their father Gwyn, who will be assisted by a group of volunteers, including university students taking their first steps into motorsport.
18-year-old Louise steps up into the Supercup after a superb 2010 season in the Ginetta Junior Championship, where she took twelve podiums, including two wins, on her way to third in the standings. The teenager is aiming high as she heads to Brands Hatch this weekend for the season opener.
Louise said: “The G50 has been a lot different to the Ginetta Junior car as you have slick tyres and more aero on the car, but it's a relatively easy to drive and I've been able to pick things up quite quickly. Both cars have been going well in testing although there has been a small problem with my car, but when we have that sorted for the weekend, there is no reason why we can't be aiming for the top five in our class.
“There are quite a few drivers who I raced against last season in the Juniors who will compete in the G50s this season so it will be good to race against some of my old rivals and also against some of the top drivers who Andrew competed against in the Challenge last year. It's going to be an interesting year.”
Older brother Andrew joins the Supercup for his third season of racing after two years in the Ginetta Challenge. Last year the 19-year-old finished second in the series with three wins and after sampling a G50 at the recent Ginetta Media Day, is feeling positive ahead of the first rounds.
Andrew commented: “The G50 is a brilliant car to drive, it's really quick and there is a lot more grip than with the G20 I drove last season. The jump between the cars hasn't been as big as I expected it to be and in testing at Silverstone both me and Louise were only two-tenths off the pole time for the G50s last season.
“There is no reason why we can't be aiming for the top five in class this weekend as we have both been quick in testing and with some updates on the car, we will only get quicker. It will also be interesting to see how we do on new tyres but we stand a good chance of being up near the front of the class and if we could get onto the podium this weekend, it would be brilliant.”