F4 British Championship

Richardson: “It’s been a tough season, but there have been highs”

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Richardson Racing ended their season with a lot to take into next year. However, further progress was not made after the team ran into problems on Saturday, leaving Louise Richardson with a lot to do in the final event.

All three races seemed to be sought with problems as an overheating engine meant she was not able to challenge the top ten. She then went on to cut the engine in the second race, losing her precious time.

In the final race on Sunday, she was tipped into a spin by Ameya Vaidyanathan, but the work she’d put in was enough for her to finish sixteenth in the final standings, equal to Jack Barlow.

“Well I went out with a bit of a bang in race three, but it wasn’t the kind of bang I was hoping for!” she said. “In truth, it’s been a difficult weekend where we didn’t quite have the pace to challenge for the results we hoped for, but that is the nature of motorsport and things don’t always go your way.” 

“The opening race went okay and eleventh wasn’t a bad start to the weekend but in race two, I have to hold my hands up and admit it was my mistake that caused the car to cut out and it cost me some time.”

“In race three, I was side-by-side with Vaidyanathan into Druids and he ran wide out of my vision and I thought he’d gone off. As I moved across, he suddenly reappeared next to me and next thing I knew, my car was in the air and I was going backwards down the hill towards Graham Hill Bend. From then on, there was a vibration with the car and I just backed off to make sure I brought it to the finish.”

Having left the championship as the highest placed female driver, Richardson will take confidence in her first full season in five years.

“Overall, it’s been a tough season but there have been highs along the way – most notably the podium at Croft. Obviously I’d have preferred more highs, but I’m happy to have completed my first full season since 2010 and there is a lot that me and the team can take away from this year.”

“We’ll certainly be in a much stronger position at the start of next season based on everything we have learned.”

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