Castle Bytham single-seater racer Louise Richardson fought back from earlier disappointment to end the weekend on a high as the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain season resumed at Snetterton.
Aston University student Louise went into the weekend seeking to build on an encouraging return to the single-seater series at Croft prior to the summer break, where she picked up two Scholarship Class podium finishes.
Having had the chance to take part in a test day prior to race weekend, she felt confident about her chances at the wheel of the Ford EcoBoost-powered Mygale run by her Richardson Racing team.
Despite an off in qualifying, she was able to put her car eighth on the grid for race one, ahead of eventual winner Juan Rosso, although the race itself would prove to be a more difficult affair as Louise had to settle for 10th place.
An early spin in race two dropped her to the rear of the field and left Louise to take the flag in ninth place from the finishers, with race three then providing the opportunity to try and end her weekend on a high.
Producing her best performance of the season to date, Louise was able to keep pace with Rosso and see off the challenge of podium finisher Chris Mealin to take the flag in seventh spot – while also securing third place amongst the Scholarship Class runners.
Despite Snetterton being only her third meeting of the season, Louise sits 12th in the championship and is fifth amongst the Scholarship drivers.
She said: “It’s good to finish the weekend on a positive note. It hasn’t been easy and I’ve made a few mistakes on track, but that is because I’ve not had the time in the car that everyone else has and I’m still trying to find the limits of its performance. Unfortunately, I overstepped the mark a few times this weekend and it cost me.
“The team has done everything I asked this weekend, and gave me a boost when I needed it after race two, when my head went down a bit. We worked to improve the car for race three and it felt a lot better, which meant I had more confidence and was able to push harder.
“To race with Juan and Chris like that was good and a further boost to my confidence. Hopefully when we get to Knockhill, I’ll be able to race with the midfield pack and try to build on my result here.”