Grantham-based Richardson Racing heads to the famous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend for the latest three rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup firmly focused on extending its recent run of strong form in the series.
Brother and sister pairing Andrew and Louise Richardson have shown impressive speed so far in their debut in the series with a raft of podium finishes in the competitive G50 class, and head to the Kent circuit aiming to at least add to their tally this time around.
Andrew goes into the weekend on the back of a brace of second place finishes in the previous round at Rockingham, which came despite his car sustaining damage in both races.
Having finished on the podium at Brands Hatch in the past while competing in the Ginetta Challenge, Andrew goes into the penultimate race meeting of the year in confident mood as he seeks to add to his four victories so far in 2011.
“I’m definitely looking forward to Brands Hatch,” he said. “It’s one of my favourite circuits as it’s very challenging and high-speed, and I’ve gone well there in the past; I got my first podium finish in car racing at Brands.
“The GP loop is what really makes the circuit what it is, and it can be very daunting as you’re racing at high-speed, have a lot of kerbs you need to attack, and don’t have much run-off if you make a mistake. It really feels good when you hook up a quick lap.
“With the bad luck we had earlier in the year, we aren’t in contention for the championship anymore, so the aim for the weekend is simply to go out there and fight for wins.”
Younger sister Louise saw her bad luck continue at Rockingham, where she was unable to make the most of qualifying a seasons-best of third in class.
Contact with rival Jake Hill while running in third place saw her crash into the unforgiving Rockingham wall during the first race of the weekend, with a shoulder injury sustained in the impact then ruling her out of the remainder of the weekend.
With her damaged car repaired and her shoulder almost back to full fitness, Louise will now hope to join Andrew in challenging for her first victory of the year.
“My shoulder is feeling much better and hopefully by the time we get to the circuit on Friday, I’ll be back to 100 per cent,” she said. “Because I’ve been injured, I need to be cleared to race but I’m sure that will happen and I’d be very surprised if I’m not.
“The team has worked hard to repair the damage to my car as it was a heavy hit against the wall and its now just a case of putting the finishing touches to it. I love the Brands Hatch GP circuit and I hope to be challenging for victory this weekend.
“I had my best qualifying at Rockingham and the car felt really good before the accident. Hopefully it will be the same this weekend but with a different outcome at the end of it.”
The Ginetta GT Supercup will have three races over the weekend, with the opening race due to start at 15:05 on Saturday and two further races following on Sunday at 10:40 and 16:15.