Grantham-based Richardson Racing and their drivers Andrew and Louise Richardson are looking to emulate the results they gained on their last appearance at Snetterton and pick up wins and podiums apiece in the latest rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Rockingham.
Rockingham will feature two rounds of the Ginetta series, with a change in format meaning the second race of the weekend will feature a mandatory pit-stop for the drivers, a new challenge for the Richardson Racing outfit. After electing to miss the last rounds of the season at Knockhill, the team arrive fresh hoping to hit the ground running once again.
Andrew heads to Rockingham with confidence high after a sensational weekend at Snetterton, where he took two G50 class victories to make it four wins in his debut season in the series so far. The former Ginetta Challenge racer will be hoping to add to his win count at Rockingham, having enjoyed success there in the past.
Andrew said: “I did well at Rockingham when I raced there in the Ginetta G20 and I'm approaching the weekend as I would do any other. I'm going out there to try and get another victory. Missing Knockhill isn't really an issue and hopefully we can carry the momentum we had at Snetterton last month and pick up some good results for the team.
“We are a small team so the addition of the pitstops will be tough and hopefully we won't have a repeat of some of the issues we've had with wheel nuts shearing this season. Strategy is going to play a part this weekend as the races are longer and people are going to have to manage the tyre wear more, so it should be interesting.”
Younger sister Louise also enjoyed a strong weekend at Snetterton, taking a podium finish on her return to action after being sidelined since May prior to the meeting. Having run well at Corby-based Rockingham during her time in the Ginetta Juniors, Louise will be hoping to add more podiums there and even snatch her maiden G50 class win.
Louise commented: “I'm really looking forward to the weekend. We've done a lot of work on the car to sort some of the set-up issues we had and I'm definitely going to Rockingham hoping to fight for victories and podium finishes.
“There are some tricky corners on the circuit but that makes it really enjoyable and I need to see what its like in the G50. I'm looking forward to the pitstop race and that should make the racing more interesting. There will be more pressure on the guys in the team but we'll get some practice in before hand and I'm sure they can handle it.”
With the team deciding to miss Knockhill, Andrew and Lousie instead spent their time paying a visit to RAF Cottesmore. The duo, who both carry liveries showing support for British troops in battle, showed off their Ginetta G50's to the Holding Flight personnel, while also getting to pose with their cars alongside Harrier Jump Jets. The trip was made possible by their father Gwyn, who runs the team and is a former Group Captain Harrier pilot.
Andrew commented: “It was great to go to Cottesmore and meet some of the guys there. It was particularly good because I had the chance to take my mum and dad out for a spin in the car which I've wanted to do all season. Dad always said no as we didn't want to waste any tyres but the chance to get him in the car was too good to miss. I really enjoyed it.”
Louise added: “I absolutely loved the visit to Cottesmore. It was such a good experience and it was really a one-time thing to be able to take the cars along and show them off alongside the aircraft. I'm really into flying and to have pictures taken with my race car alongside the Harrier was fantastic as it combined two of my passions.”