Richardson Racing targets further wins at Ginetta GT battle resumes

Richardson Racing will aim to maintain the winning form displayed at Thruxton when the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup heads to Oulton Park this weekend for the fourth round of the season.The team secured three victories in the G50 class in the last meeting prior to the spring break thanks to Huddersfield racer Mark Davies and Louise Richardson, and will hope to not only replicate that success, but also fight for honours in the top G55 class after a more troubled weekend for Andrew Richardson in Hampshire.Despite showing encouraging pace last time out, Andrew’s hopes of a maiden victory were hit by mechanical issues in the final race of the weekend when power-steering failure left him fighting to keep his car on track at the quickest circuit on the calendar.Currently sitting in an unrepresentative ninth place in the standings, Andrew will aim to move up the championship order on a weekend where he will be chasing a victory in memory of his grandfather, who passed away earlier this week.“As a racing driver, I’m always determined to go out on track and fight for a victory, but this weekend I think it will be more rewarding if I can secure a win for him,” Andrew said. “It’s a big incentive for me and I’ll be doing my best to perform in a way that he would have been proud of.“I’ve tested the G55 at Oulton Park and it went well, so I know the circuit in this car which will help going into the weekend. The car has been good all season but we’ve had some mechanical issues and bad luck that we couldn’t do anything about. Hopefully it will be more trouble free this weekend and we can get some strong results.”In the G50 class, a double victory for Mark last time out at Thruxton allowed him to extend his championship lead to 42 points.With four victories in the opening nine races of the season, Mark will now hope to maintain his advantage at a circuit where he won last year en-route to the Ginetta Challenge title; albeit on the longer International layout.“I’ve had good results at Oulton Park in the past and hopefully I will do again this weekend,” he said. “I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend and with it being something of a home race, I’ll be bringing some extra support along to cheer me on.“With there only being two races this weekend instead of three, it is important to make them both count and my aim is to keep pulling out my championship lead and strengthen my position in the standings.”As things stand however, Mark will be competing alone in the G50 class after a proposed deal to keep Louise’s championship challenge on track failed to materialise.Louise had hoped to build on her stunning G50 class victory in the final race of the weekend at Thruxton prior to the break but, barring a last minute deal, she will now be forced to sit out the event.“I’m in the same position as I was before Thruxton as the car is ready to go but at the moment, we haven’t managed to secure a deal to get me out for this weekend,” she said. “If I do manage to get out on track, it will be a last minute deal but I’ve also got to be realistic and admit that I’m probably going to have to sit the weekend out.“It’s frustrating if that is the case after my win at Thruxton and missing the races at Oulton Park will hurt my championship but unfortunately it is the situation I find myself in. We’ll keep working hard to find the sponsors we need to get back out on track.”As mentioned above, Oulton Park will play host to two Ginetta GT Supercup races rather than the usual three. Race one will take place on Saturday at 15.35 with race two on Sunday due to start at 13.42.Further information on sponsorship opportunities with the Richardson Racing team are available by e-mailing info@richardsonracing.co.uk


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