MOTOR RACING: Castle Bytham racing team celebrates Formula Ford top 10 finish

Ovie Iroro. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Ovie Iroro. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

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Castle Bytham-based Richardson Racing’s latest recruit Ovie Iroro celebrated a maiden top 10 finish in his second outing in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship at Thruxton last weekend.

Having made his debut in the series at Donington Park, the 20-year-old Nigerian was seeking to continue his single-seater education at the most challenging circuit on the calendar.

With the pre-event test at the Hampshire circuit having taken place last month, rather than on the Friday prior to the race weekend, Ovie faced a huge challenge with his first on-track action of the weekend being the all-important qualifying session.

Lapping a full 3.8 seconds quicker than he had done in testing, he qualified 11th on the grid but was left to play catch-up when he stalled at the start as the lights went out to start race one.

Able to close on the pack when the safety car was deployed for an accident elsewhere, Ovie made light work of passing Greg Holloway to secure a first top 10 finish in the series.

The remaining two races yielded a pair of 11th place results which leaves him 14th in the championship standings and sixth in the scholarship class.

Richardson Racing team principal Gwyn Richardson was pleased with Iroro’s performance on track: “Ovie has done really well again. He’s made a huge improvement compared to the test we did last month, and we know that there is more to come.

“Thruxton is a difficult circuit for any driver, never mind one with limited experience, so I think Ovie can be pleased with how he has got on and we’ll see what progress we can make at Oulton Park.”

Photo: Jakob Ebrey