MOTOR RACING: Richardson siblings share three podium finishes – with two class wins for Andrew

Louise and Andrew Richardson
Louise and Andrew Richardson

CASTLE Bytham-based Richardson Racing enjoyed its best weekend of the season to date at Snetterton last weekend, with two wins and a total of three podium finishes in the latest rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup.

Brother and sister Andrew and Louise Richardson were on the pace throughout the weekend, with Andrew securing a brace of race victories and Louise taking her third podium finish of the season.

Andrew said: “I really didn’t expect to come away from the weekend with two wins, and if it hadn’t been for the incident on the first lap of race one, I might even have had a hat-trick.”

Andrew secured place third in class and 12th overall on the grid for the opening race following a tightly-fought qualifying session, and his usual strong start saw him climb into second in class through the opening corners.

He slid off track on oil and dropped to the rear of the field but battled his way through to fourth in class and 11th overall at the chequered flag.

A dominant performance in race two saw Andrew take the Ginetta G50 class win by nearly 19 seconds and a fine seventh overall – ahead of a number of the quicker G55 cars.

After a lightning start to the final race, Andrew was delayed at turn one by two spinning cars ahead and dropped to second in class behind Jody Fannin. A further clash between G55s ahead allowed Andrew to move up to seventh overall and he kept the pressure on Fannin before a fine move at Riches on lap seven allowed him through into the class lead and sixth overall.

Although he dropped behind two of the G55s before the finish, Andrew took the chequered flag in eighth place overall for his second G50 class victory of the weekend and fourth of the season.

Andrew said: “In the second race I kept pushing despite the fact I had such a big lead and when I got away from the line well in race three, I thought I could do the same.

“A double win is fantastic and rewards the team as they did a great job.”

Younger sister Louise was returning to action after missing two rounds as a result of damage sustained in a start-line accident at Thruxton back in May. Having qualified seventh in class and 16th overall, Louise ran as high as 12th in the opening race as she eased herself back into racing action before taking the flag sixth in class and 14th overall.

Louise ran second in class for much of the second race despite the close attentions of Fannin who pushed her off the circuit on lap eight, but she recovered to third – giving the team a double podium.

Louise’s hopes of matching that result were hit on the opening lap of race three when she was forced wide twice on the opening lap and then had to back off when other drivers clashed in front of her on track. A problem on her car started to affect the handling and she took the chequered flag sixth in class and 14th overall.

Louise said: “It’s been a bit of a mixed weekend really. Getting a podium in the race two was a good result although it should have been second place as I was keeping Jody behind until he pushed me off.

“Overall though, I came to Snetterton knowing I had a good car and its good to have come away from the weekend with another podium after so long on the sidelines.”