MOTOR RACING: Richardson shows pace at Rockingham despite set-backs

Andy Richardson at Rockingham. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Andy Richardson at Rockingham. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
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Castle Bytham-based single seater racer Andy Richardson showed some good pace in the seventh round of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship at Rockingham last weekend.

The 22-year-old went into the event confident about his chances having turned a corner with the understanding of his Richardson Racing-run, Ford EcoBoost-powered Mygale during the previous weekend of racing at Knockhill.

Andy Richardson on the podium at Rockingham. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Andy Richardson on the podium at Rockingham. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Having qualified in eighth place during a damp qualifying session, Andy was confident about a strong run in the opening race of the weekend on the Saturday afternoon. However, battery failure prevented him from taking up his place on the grid, leaving him to join the race from the pit lane after the lights had gone out.

Despite being right at the back of the field, he showed his potential with a storming drive back to eighth overall and third in the Scholarship class, posting the second fastest race lap in the process.

Race two on a wet circuit saw Andy run as high as sixth before a mid-race pit stop to check the pressures on his tyres dropped him off the lead lap. Despite that, he was able bring home a ninth place finish and second Scholarship class podium of the weekend.

With conditions again improving for the final race, Andy started well to run inside the top five before his car started to suffer with a loss of power. While he was able to continue in the race, he slipped back to eighth at the finish, and again picked up third place points amongst the Scholarship Class runners.

Andy ended the weekend ninth overall in the championship and fourth in the Scholarship class. He said: “It’s a shame we weren’t able to get the results to match the pace in the car this weekend but, like at Knockhill, the way we’ve performed at Rockingham is a huge boost.

“There is no doubt that this season has been a huge challenge for me and the team going into single-seaters, but we are learning more every time we go out and the pace in the opening race showed what we can do.

“We’ve already shown people that we can run a race-winning team in Ginettas, and I think it’s now only a matter of time before we are able to celebrate our first single-seater success.”