The team endured a mixed weekend of racing at Donington Park a fortnight ago, with brother and sister pair Andrew and Louise Richardson finding themselves in the wars in the three races, but Huddersfield-racer Mark Davies extending his lead at the head of the G50 class standings.
In the headline G55 class, Andrew heads to the quickest circuit on the calendar eager to put the Donington Park weekend behind him after a myriad of mechanical and technical issues meant he came away from the second meeting of the campaign without any points.
It means Andrew heads into the weekend sitting an unrepresentative tenth in the championship standings but he remains confident of a strong showing to move back up the pecking order going into a short break before the fourth round of the year at Oulton Park.
“It’s important to keep my head up after Donington and I’m ready for the weekend,” he said. “We missed the pre-event test so it means I’ll be going straight into qualifying, but it was the same for me in the G50 last season and I qualified third. Thruxton is a circuit where it takes a lot of guts to produce a quick lap and you can’t make any mistakes, and I need to be on it from the start.
“It looks like there will be rain which could be a bit of a leveller as it could eliminate any advantage those teams that took part in testing might have. I also enjoy damp conditions so I won’t be complaining if it’s wet.”
Despite failing to add to his victory at Brands Hatch, Mark extended his lead in the G50 class to 17 points with a hat-trick of podium finishes last time out at Donington Park.
The reigning Ginetta Challenge champion will be competing at Thruxton for the first time since 2010 but said he was looking forward to another solid weekend to maintain his championship advantage.
“I’ve not been to Thruxton for a few years but I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s a circuit I like and it has a mix of the high-speed bits with some technical areas like the complex and the chicane.
“The weather looks like we should expect it to be wet, which is a good thing for me and my aim is the same as always – to go out there and try to get some victories. The car has been good so far and hopefully it will be again this weekend.”
Like Andrew, Louise suffered a tough weekend at Donington Park, with a mechanical issue in race one being followed by a retirement in race two after she was forced off by a driver from the G55 class.
Having salvaged fourth place from the final race of the weekend despite an issue with her car, Louise sits fifth in the championship standings but her participation in the Thruxton meeting is currently dependent on a prospective sponsorship deal being finalised in time for her to take her place on track.
Should that deal be concluded ahead of the weekend, Louise will hope to build on the pace shown so far this season to challenge for a breakthrough victory.
“It’s been a difficult build-up to the weekend because I don’t want to get my hopes up that I’ll be racing in case the deal can’t be done in time, but at the same time, I’ve made sure that I’m ready to get in the car and race if everything comes together,” she said. “If I have to miss the weekend it will be a big blow to my championship challenge so I’m really hoping we can get everything sorted so that I’m able to race and can score some decent points. After this weekend we have a small break in the championship where we can then work on some deals to make sure I have the budget for the rest of the year.
“We missed the test at Thruxton so if I’m out on track, I’ll be going straight into qualifying on Saturday which won’t be easy as we’ll have to work on the set-up of the car during the session. However, I’m still confident that I’d be able to challenge for a victory – even if it wasn’t until the final race of the weekend – and I’m sure that I’d be battling for the podium.”