MOTOR RACING: Castle Bytham’s Louise secures grid place for the rest of the season

Louise Richardson. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Louise Richardson. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Single-seater racer Louise Richardson will be competing in the remainder of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain – having secured backing to keep her place on the grid.

The Castle Bytham 21-year-old law student will compete with her family-run Richardson Racing team in the final six events on the calendar, starting this weekend at Croft.

Louise Richardson. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Louise Richardson. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Louise makes the move into the series on a full-time basis after she established herself as one of the top female racers in the UK since making the move into car racing back in 2009 in the Ginetta Junior Championship.

Having gone on to win races in both the Junior Series and the Ginetta GT Supercup, she made her single-seater debut in the Formula Ford season opener at Brands Hatch back in April, and took a top 10 finish first time out.

Her entry was only confirmed the day before the race weekend, but her performance was impressive enough to attract funding for the rest of the season.

Louise said: “There have been a few false dawns in the past when we thought a deal was in place and then it didn’t happen, so this one was kept quiet from me until we knew for certain. It was a nice surprise and I’m delighted to know that I’m now sorted in a car for the rest of the season.

“I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders as, in recent years, I’ve not known from one race weekend to the next if I would be out. It makes it hard to prepare for a race when you know there is a chance you’ll not actually be able to take part.

“I can now fully focus on the rest of the year, although Croft this weekend will be something of a test as I haven’t driven the car since Brands Hatch and will only get into it again during Friday testing. I’ve not been to Croft for a few years and also need to get used to the car again. I can then aim to come out stronger at Snetterton, and really push for some good results in the second half of the year.”