MOTOR RACING: Richardson Racing revel at Rockingham

Andrew Richardson on the podium. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Andrew Richardson on the podium. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
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CASTLE Bytham-based Richardson Racing moved a step closer to securing the team title in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup after another strong meeting at Rockingham over the weekend.

Andrew Richardson maintained the impressive form he has displayed through the second half of the season to take to the G55 class podium in both races at the Northamptonshire circuit, while team-mate Mark Davies clinched his 13th win of the year in the G50 class.

Having emerged as one of the in-form drivers in the premier class, Andrew went into the weekend eager to challenge for his first win of the campaign and put himself in a strong position when he qualified third on the grid for race one.

A strong start saw him jump up to second place off the line and Andrew then set about trying to chase down leader Carl Breeze. He reeled in the multiple race winner just before the safety car was deployed.

Andrew was pushed back to fourth spot at the restart but set about reclaiming a place on the podium, which he did with a move on Jake Hill at Yentwood two laps from home.

While that gave him an impressive third place on the road, the stewards decided afterwards that Andrew had gained an unfair advantage while making the move and handed him a time penalty that dropped him down to seventh on the official results.

Heavy rain arrived just before the start of race two, leading to challenging conditions on track. A solid start saw Andrew move up to fifth on lap one and he then battled past Colin White into fourth before the safety car was deployed once more.

When the race resumed, Andrew made light work of passing Hill for third and he then chased down Breeze before taking second on the 13th lap. He did his best to catch up to leader Tom Ingram but simply ran out of time to make his move for top spot, despite lapping half a second quicker than his rival in the closing stages.

Andrew’s second place finish means he has increased his advantage over White in the race for fourth in the standings, while only one driver has now scored more points than the 21-year-old during the second half of the year.

Andrew said: “Although officials demoted me to seventh on the results, I know I claimed a podium on track and knew I could come through the field in race two.

“Although I could have won the race if I had started from third, it was good to come through from seventh to second in those conditions and our best lap was also three-tenths of a second quicker than anyone else.

“I’ve strengthened my fourth in the championship and now hope to challenge for victory at Silverstone.”

Huddersfield-based team-mate Mark was eager to bounce back from a heavy accident in his G50 in the final race of the weekend at Knockhill last month.

He did so in style, taking his 13th G50 victory in race one and finishing fourth in the second race, to maintain his advantage at the head of the standings.

Mark can now secure the G50 class title at Silverstone next time out, while Richardson Racing can also lift the team title in the penultimate meeting of the year.

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