Richardson Racing sign Toth-Jones for GInetta GT5 Challenge

The Richardson Racing team is to make a return to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge after concluding a deal with rising star Alex Toth-Jones for the 2016 season.Alex, a member of the MSA Academy and former finalist in the Racing Steps Foundation MSA Young Driver of the Year, will join the Lincolnshire-based team for selected outings in the highly-competitive one-make series as he evaluates a full season entry into the championship for 2017.Bradford racer Alex makes the move into car racing having enjoyed a successful career in karting, which included being crowned as both the MBKC vice champion and NKRA North Region Senior Max champion last year. The 18-year-old was also named as Senior Driver of the Year within the Manchester and Buxton Kart Club during the course of the 2015 season.Alex’s programme in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge will include the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support races at both Thruxton and Croft, which will provide him with the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of both a bumper trackside crowd and a huge TV audience live on ITV4.His schedule also includes the British GT event at Oulton Park; traditionally regarded one of the most popular and best attended meetings on the calendar.“It’s been a long hard battle to raise the funds we needed, but the reality of racing cars has finally arrived,” he said. “I have to give thanks to my sponsors Lodestone Projects and Party Perfection, because without them, this deal wouldn’t have been possible.“My early running in the Ginetta G40 has been very positive and even though it requires a different style of driving to what I am used to, the same rules still apply when it comes to chasing the end result. I just have to adjust my driving style to make sure I can extract the maximum from the car every time I go out on track, which is going to be the biggest challenge.“Now the deal is done, I can’t wait for the season to get underway and I’m looking forward to see how I get on when the real business begins.”Additional sponsorship packages on Alex’s Ginetta G40 are still available.Richardson Racing previously competed in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge through to the end of the 2010 season, when it ran Andrew Richardson to second in the championship title.Since then, the team has gone on to compete in the Ginetta GT Supercup – winning both the G50 class and teams’ title in 2012 – and has also taken numerous podium finishes in both Formula Ford and MSA Formula.