Richardson Racing targets Rockingham victory

Richardson Racing will hope to emulate the results it gained at Snetterton last month when it returns to action this weekend in the latest rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Rockingham.The race weekend, which will be something of a home race for brother and sister pair Andrew and Louise Richardson, will feature the latest two rounds of the Ginetta series after a change in format was announced – with the second race of the weekend featuring a mandatory pit-stop.With the team having elected to miss the last round of the season at Knockhill, Andrew arrives at Rockingham fresh from two G50 class victories on his last outing in the series at Snetterton and he will now hope to add to the four wins he has taken so far this year in his debut season in the series.“I did well at Rockingham when I raced there in the Ginetta G20 and I’m approaching the weekend as I would do any other,” he said. “I’m going out there to try and get another victory. Missing Knockhill isn’t really an issue and hopefully we can carry the momentum we had at Snetterton last month and pick up some good results for the team.“We are a small team so the addition of the pitstops will be tough and hopefully we won’t have a repeat of some of the issues we’ve had with wheel nuts shearing this season. Strategy is going to play a part this weekend as the races are longer and people are going to have to manage the tyre wear more, so it should be interesting.”Younger sister Louise also visited the podium at Snetterton as she made her return to action after being sidelined by damage sustained in an accident at Thruxton earlier in the year.Having run well at the Corby circuit during her time in the Ginetta Junior Championship, Louise now goes into the weekend looking to join Andrew on the list of drivers to have tasted victory in the G50 class this season.“I’m really looking forward to the weekend,” she said. “We’ve done a lot of work on the car to sort some of the set-up issues we had and I’m definitely going to Rockingham hoping to fight for victories and podium finishes.“There are some tricky corners on the circuit but that makes it really enjoyable and I need to see what its like in the G50. I’m looking forward to the pitstop race and that should make the racing more interesting. There will be more pressure on the guys in the team but we’ll get some practice in before hand and I’m sure they can handle it.”With the team having decided to miss the trip to Knockhill, Andrew and Louise instead took time to pay a visit to RAF Cottesmore, where they were able to show Holding Flight personnel their Ginetta G50s, which carry liveries showing support for British troops in battle.The visit, which saw the pair pose with their cars alongside Harrier jump jets, was made possible as father Gwyn – who now runs the Richardson Racing team – is a former Group Captain Harrier pilot.“It was great to go to Cottesmore and meet some of the guys there,” Andrew said. “It was particularly good because I had the chance to take my mum and dad out for a spin in the car which I’ve wanted to do all season. Dad always said no as we didn’t want to waste any tyres but the chance to get him in the car was too good to miss. I really enjoyed it.”“I absolutely loved the visit to Cottesmore,” Louise added. “It was such a good experience and it was really a one-time thing to be able to take the cars along and show them off alongside the aircraft. I’m really into flying and to have pictures taken with my race car alongside the Harrier was fantastic as it combined two of my passions.”