The Richardson Racing team will target success on two fronts this weekend at Silverstone after confirming that Louise Richardson will make her return to competitive action at the home of British Motor Sport.
Louise will compete in a Ginetta G50 in the penultimate rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup while older brother Andrew will continue his assault on the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.
Andrew heads to Silverstone seeking to reclaim a top eight championship position after a challenging weekend last time out at Rockingham.
In what is his first season of single-seater competition, the 22-year-old continued to show impressive pace at the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered Mygale, although a range of misfortune meant he was unable to convert his speed into a top three finish.
At a circuit where he tasted victory in Ginettas last year, Andy will now hope for better luck as he seeks to make a return to the podium, with a first single-seater win being the ultimate goal.
“It’s a shame that [title winner] Dan Cammish won’t be out this weekend as he has been the benchmark driver this season and like the rest of the field, I really wanted to try beat him on track before the end of the year.
“However, at Rockingham, I showed that I could match Dan for pace in the opening race of the weekend even though we were down a bit on straight-line speed, which isn’t something we could have done anything about.
“Hopefully we can have a good weekend at Silverstone and I think the potential is there for us to go well as we continue to learn more about the car and keep making improvements.
“Silverstone is somewhere where I’ve gone well in the past and have won races, and is the place where we wrapped up the Ginetta GT Supercup title as a team last year so we have good memories of the circuit. Hopefully we can pick up some good results again this time around.”
In the Ginetta GT Supercup, Louise will make her long-awaited return to action having been forced onto the sidelines by budget issues for more then twelve months, with her last outing in the series having come at Snetterton last season.
The 20-year-old had firmly established herself as a front-runner in the G50 class having taken numerous podium finishes in both 2011 and in her shortened 2012 campaign, which also included a stunning maiden victory in challenging conditions at Thruxton.
Louise will now hope to show that front-running pace as she gets back behind the wheel on a weekend that will see her form part of one the largest fields in the G50 class this season.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in a race car,” she said. “I can’t believe its been more than twelve months since I was last out on track and I’m hoping it won’t take long for me to get back up to speed.
“I’m still working towards getting the budget in place for next year and it’s important for me to be out on track to show teams and sponsors what I can do and to make sure I don’t drop off the radar.
“The G50 is a car that I know well from the last two seasons which is going to be help me, and of course my aim is to run at the front of the class. I believe two of the G50s will be GT4 spec, which should make them a bit quicker than us, so we need to see how Ginetta equalise things between us all. However, I’m aiming to come away from the weekend with some strong results."