Grantham-based race team Richardson Racing will look to repeat the front-running form it displayed at Brands Hatch when the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup heads to Donington Park this weekend for the second round of the season.
The team secured podium finishes in both the G55 and G50 classes in the season opener and will now hope for more silverware in what will be something of a home event for the team, which is at full-strength for the weekend with all three cars in action.
In the G55 class, Andrew Richardson will hope to challenge for his first victory of the season having shown front-running pace throughout the weekend at Brands Hatch, where he broke the lap record in race one and then came from the back of the field in the final race to secure third place.
Unfortunately, a dragging clutch at the start of the opening race and resultant drive-through for jumping the start, and a retirement in race two after he was collected by a spinning rival, mean he arrives at Donington in an unrepresentative sixth place in the championship standings but with confidence high about challenging for victory.
“Although Brands Hatch was a weekend of mixed emotions, I came away from the track having gained a lot of respect for the speed I showed which is a big confidence boost heading to Donington for myself and the team,” he said. “It’s a circuit I like and the racing can be very close so we need to see how things go when we get out on track. However, I’m confident that we can build on the pace we displayed at Brands Hatch and I see no reason why we can’t challenge for our first victory.”
In the G50 class, Huddersfield-racer Mark Davies heads to Donington Park as the man to beat in the championship standings with a win and second in class at Brands Hatch giving him the early lead in the title race.
Mark won at Donington Park last year en-route to the Ginetta Challenge title and tested his G50 at the East Midlands circuit over the off-season, leaving him in confident mood about the weekend ahead.
“The testing we did at Donington before the season started could be really important as we don’t have much running on track before qualifying,” he said. “Confidence is high after the results at Brands Hatch and the fact we are leading the championship, and I’m hoping I can add some more victories to my tally this weekend.
“Donington is almost my local circuit and it looks like we could be in for some mixed weather conditions, which is something that I feel would be good for me as they are conditions I enjoy racing in.”
Louise Richardson will also be in action again at Donington Park in the second G50 after a deal was struck to continue her championship challenge, which is currently going ahead on a race-by-race basis as she seeks additional backing for the remainder of the campaign.
Louise heads to Donington Park – where she took two podium finishes last season – sitting fourth in the G50 standings after three top-five finishes at Brands Hatch, which included a second place in the opening race of the year.
Like Mark, Louise goes into the weekend confident of challenging for what would be her maiden victory in the series.
“We’ve managed to put the money together for this weekend and I’m really pleased that I’ll be racing again,” she said. “I really want to try and get some strong results to help find the sponsors I need to keep my season going, but I went well at Donington last year and am confident I can be at the front again.
“My aim for the weekend is to try and get a win. I’ve been on the podium a few times but it would mean so much to get that first victory; for me, the team and for my parents for the support they have shown. Hopefully I can do it this weekend.”
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