Grantham-based Richardson Racing can today confirm that it will expand its involvement in the Ginetta GT Supercup for the 2012 season, with an entry into both classes of the British Touring Car Championship support series.
Having impressed in his maiden season in the series last year, taking four victories in a highly-competitive G50 class, Andrew Richardson will step up into the premier G55 class in the series for the year ahead.
Andrew’s switch into the G55 class comes in only his fourth season of car racing, with his G50 campaign last year coming after two strong seasons in the Ginetta Challenge.
Having firmly established himself as a driver to watch during the last three years, Andrew goes into the 2012 season aiming to challenge for the Supercup title in a highly competitive field, despite running on a much smaller budget than most of his rivals.
“Moving up to the G55 class is a great opportunity for me and also for the team,” Andrew, who will be backed by directcctv.co.uk for the season ahead, said. “The competition is going to be strong and there are some really good drivers on the grid, but my aim is to fight for the championship title. Last season in the G50 class, I would have been in contention for the title if I hadn’t had to miss some races, and I want to carry the form I showed into 2012.
“The deal has been agreed earlier than last season which is good as I’ll be able to carry out some testing before the first race at Brands Hatch and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a step up for me as a driver and will also help us to grow as a team.”
In the G50 class, the team has secured the services of Huddersfield-racer Mark Davies to form part of its driver line-up, with Davies graduating into the Supercup as the reigning Ginetta Challenge champion.
Mark, who also won the Ginetta G20 title back in 2009, secured the Challenge title after a hard-fought season that saw him win on six occasions, eventually beating rival Sean Huyton to the crown after a dramatic finale at Silverstone.
After an impressive test in the Richardson Racing G50 during the recent Ginetta media day at Silverstone, where he lapped under the lap record, Mark now goes into the 2012 season aiming to try and secure championship honours for a second successive season.
“Having won the lease of a G50 as my prize for taking the Ginetta Challenge last year, it’s great to have been able to do a deal with Richardson Racing for the season ahead,” Mark, who will be backed by Fastsigns for his move into the Supercup, said. “The team has experience of running the G50 from last season and when I tested the car on the media day, we were quick from the outset. It was a promising start to the year and I settled in really quickly.
“My aim for the season ahead is simple and that is to win the G50 title. I’m not there just to make up the numbers and I’m going into 2012 looking to challenge at the front.”
Richardson Racing has a second car for the G50 class of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup still available for a suitably funded driver, with the team able to offer highly-competitive rates to interested parties.
Additionally, the team continues to seek backers for the season ahead with a range of packages available for potential sponsors who are interesting in becoming involved with the programme.
Further information on the team can be found at the new-look Richardson Racing website, www.richardsonracing.co.uk, while anyone interested in sponsorship or the vacant G50 drive can contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.