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Louise Richardson: “I’ve shown a step forward in my pace”

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The Richardson Racing team made progress as they raced with two cars for the first time this season. Ollie Pidgley made his single seater debut and impressed alongside Louise Richardson.

Louise had a strong weekend. After competing at the back for most of the Brands Hatch races, she managed to qualify a solid fifteenth for the opening race and finish 3 places higher in the first race. She built on this for race 5 of the season, by finishing in a personal best of eleventh.

She reflected on it, saying “I feel it’s been a positive weekend,” going on to say “I’ve shown a step forward in my pace again on track and as a team, we’ve been able to increase our knowledge of working with the car.

“We knew after race one that we had some work to do on set-up, but we made some changes for race two and to finish in P11 was a good result. We were getting stronger as the race went on and if things had come together a little earlier, then I think we could certainly have finished inside the top ten.”

Race 3 of the weekend did not go as planned for Richardson, after being caught up in the first lap incidents. “It was a bit disappointing that we couldn’t build on that pace in race three, but when I saw a car spinning in front of me I had no option but to take to the grass. I thought I’d got away with it at first but after the Safety Car period, the temperatures started to rise and I had to pit to have grass removed from the radiator.”

Meanwhile, Pidgley had a tough start to his single seater life at Donington Park. But was still comfortable with his performances, saying: “My aim coming in to the weekend was to pick up three finishes and that is exactly what I managed to achieve and it has given me a platform to build on.

“I’ve now got an idea of where I shape up compared to the rest when it comes to racing and hopefully we can go forwards next time out and start making progress up the order.”

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