After a fairly tough start to the weekend, Richardson Racing was one of the big winners in Race 27 of the year after the dramatic start. Having avoided the collisions, Louise Richardson went on to finish fifth.
After qualifying, Richardson had managed to line up 14th before falling back one position in the opening race. She would fight back in the second race after struggling to grip in the early stages, however; this proved to be a short-lived victory as a five second penalty, for exceeding track limits would see her drop to seventeenth.
For race three, she made a good start and avoided the first lap incidents. From there, Richardson managed to stay out of trouble and maintain her place on track, eventually being promoted one position after Ricky Collard’s retirement.
“It’s been a bit of a tough weekend and we really struggled to nail the set-up on the car to really push towards the front,” she said. “In race one and race two, it made things tough and it was just a case of us trying to stay out of trouble and make up places where we could.”
“The same was true to an extent in race three as there was a lot of carnage out there on track and some drivers weren’t driving with their heads, but the set-up was a lot better and we were more competitive as a result.”
“We’ve come away from the weekend with a top five finish which is a positive, and hopefully when we get to Brands Hatch – which is a circuit I love – we’ll be able to challenge for that kind of result on merit and end the season on a high.”
Also competing for the team was Greg Holloway in his second weekend for the team. H struggled in the opening races, but, like Louise, managed to stay out of trouble and finish ninth in race three, giving him 2 points.
“We found a set-up I liked this weekend and I felt more confident in the car,” he said, “although I still didn’t feel I could push to the maximum at turn one which is where I was losing a lot of my time. However, I think I’ve made good progress this weekend and have taken a step forward compared to Rockingham.”
“There is still more to come from me with more time in the car, but I’m happy with how the weekend has gone and it was nice to end it with a top ten finish.”