MOTOR RACING: Castle Bytham racer roars into Rockingham top 10

Louise Richardson on track at Rockingham raceway. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Louise Richardson on track at Rockingham raceway. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
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Castle Bytham-based Richardson Racing team secured a strong top 10 finish to conclude a challenging race day as the MSA Formula series headed to Rockingham for the eighth meeting of the season last weekend.

Louise Richardson ended her weekend on a high with an impressive drive at the unique part-oval circuit to post a second top 10 in as many meetings.

Her hopes of making much progress in race one were ended on the opening lap when she was tipped into a spin at Yentwood – dropping her to the back of the field.

A safety car period allowed her to catch up with the drivers ahead, and Louise took the flag in 15th spot, just five seconds away from the top 10.

Race two, however, would prove to be a short-lived affair, with a fuel pump problem forcing Louise into an early visit to the pits.

Able to rejoin the race, it was soon apparent that the issue was too great for her to continue and she was forced to retire.

With the problem resolved for race three, Louise was in fine form – making up three places on the run to the Deene hairpin for the first time.

She battled her way forwards and found herself on the end of a six-car train battling for third.

Under pressure from Tarun Reddy behind, she went side-by-side through Pif Paf, before Ricky Collard made a move on both drivers, demoting Louise to ninth at the flag.

Louise said: “In race three, we really found the set-up and the car felt strong. We matched the pace of the front runners throughout and it was another indication of what we are capable of. Hopefully when we get to Silverstone, we can have a strong weekend from start to finish.”