MOTORSPORT: Brother and sister act back on track

Andrew Richardson pictured testing his G50 at Silverstone last month.

Andrew Richardson pictured testing his G50 at Silverstone last month.

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A BROTHER and sister motor racing team will be back on track this season.

Andrew and Louise Richardson, of Castle Bytham, will launch a two-car assault on the newly named Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, driving Ginetta two G50s.

The team will be headed by the sibling racers’ father Gwyn, who will run the two cars along with a group of volunteers, including a number of university students starting out on their own motorsport careers.

Both Andrew and Louise enjoyed considerable success on track last season. Andrew will move into the Supercup for his third season of car racing, having spent the last two years competing in the Ginetta Challenge in which he finished second in 2010 on the back of a season that saw him visit the podium no fewer than 12 times, with three victories.

Having had chance to sample the G50 during the recent Ginetta Media Day at Silverstone, 19-year-old Andrew, who is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Nottingham, heads into the opening round of the

new season at Brands Hatch this weekend keen to make an impression.

He said: “The G50 is really quick and there is a lot more grip than with the G20 I drove last season. The jump between the cars hasn’t been as big as I expected it to be and in testing at Silverstone both me and Louise were only two-tenths off the pole time for the G50s last season.

“There is no reason why we can’t be aiming for the top five in class this weekend as we have both been quick in testing and with some updates on the car, we will only get quicker. It will also be interesting to see how we do on new tyres but we stand a good chance of being up near the front of the class and if we could get on to the podium this weekend, it would be brilliant.”

Younger sister Louise, who recently turned 18, is no stranger to the British Touring Car Championship support paddock, having emerged as one of the stars of the Ginetta Junior Championship in both 2009 and 2010.

Louise graduates into the Ginetta GT Supercup on the back of a fine season in 2010 when she finished third in the Junior series, with 12 podiums, including two wins – helping the TJ Motorsport team to secure the championship.

Louise, who was nominated for the BWRDC Gold Star in recognition of her achievements, is also aiming high as she heads into her Brands Hatch debut. She said: “The G50 has been a lot different to the Ginetta Junior car as you have slick tyres and more aero on the car, but it’s relatively easy to drive and I’ve been able to pick things up quite quickly. Both cars have been going well in testing although there has been a small problem with my car, but when we have that sorted for the weekend, there is no reason why we can’t be aiming for the top five.

“There are quite a few drivers who I raced against last season in the Juniors who will compete in the G50s this season, so it will be good to race against some of my old rivals.”

The Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup will feature three races at Brands Hatch this weekend, with the opening 16-lap encounter due to start at 2.15pm tomorrow (Saturday), with two further races running to 24 laps – one at 5.05pm tomorrow and the other at 3.25pm on Sunday.

Journal readers will able to see how Andrew and Louise get on by tuning into ITV4 who are running live coverage of the opening round of the BTCC season throughout the weekend.

l If you are interested in sponsoring Andrew and Louise, visit www.richardsonracing.co.uk for more more information.