The Richardson Racing team is hard at work preparing for the 2017 season after a successful launch of its new workshop facilities in Corby.
A special event at the new workshop – located on the Earlstrees Industrial Estate just minutes away from Rockingham Motor Speedway – was attended by a number of specially invited guests; including Councillor Julie Riley, the Mayor of Corby.
Following a brief presentation and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were able to take a tour of the new workshop and get up close to some of the cars that the team will use for its 2017 racing programme.
That programme will include entries into British F4, the Ginetta Junior Championship and the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, with discussions ongoing about a possible entry into the British GT Championship.
As well as revealing the workshop, the event also provided the team with the first opportunity to display a new state-of-the-art simulator that will be available to drivers as part of their package with the team.
Non-team drivers will also be able to make use of the simulator by appointment, with the facility being viewed as a key part of the team’s ongoing expansion.
The simulator will be present on Stand 6401 at next month’s Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham.
“We’re delighted to be able to reveal the new workshop and simulator facility, and are pleased that so many people were able to come along to the official opening,” team principal Gwyn Richardson said. “A lot of work has gone into the workshop in recent months and it provides us with the ideal base to move forwards with our racing programmes; offering easy access to a range of local suppliers and also being close to Rockingham circuit.
“The simulator is a major part of our future plans and we are confident that it will become a valuable tool for the team over the coming years. It’s something unique that we can offer as part of the package for drivers who are racing with us next year, and will also be available to others who want to gain experience of different circuits and cars.
“Without doubt, these are very exciting times for our team and we are determined to make our mark on track in 2017.”
Having been asked to cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony, Mayor of Corby Councillor Julie Riley, revealed her pleasure at welcoming the team to the area.
“This is a very exciting new venture, and hopefully the town of Corby and businesses like Richardson Racing can move forwards together and be successful in the future,” she said. “I love what the team is doing with the new workshop facilities and am particularly impressed with the way they are working with local apprentices to give them first hand experience of motorsport. I wish them every success.”