MOTORSPORT: Richardson Racing rookie makes Donington debut drive

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Castle Bytham-based Richardson Racing had their new rookie driver on show in the latest round of the Formula Ford Championship at Donington Park last weekend.

Twenty-year-old Nigerian Ovie Iroro made a solid start to his single-seater racing car career, having made the move up from the world of karting.

Ovie moved to the UK from Lagos two years ago and is studying mechanical engineering.

He impressed in testing at the East Midlands circuit prior to the race weekend, and qualified his team’s Ford EcoBoost-powered Mygale 11th on the grid.

He retained the same position on reaching the chequered flag in race one and took a solid 12th place in the second race, which was marred by wet conditions that caught out a number of far more experienced drivers.

Ovie was unfortunate that his third race was brought to a premature end when his car suffered a broken track-rod following a coming together with Greg Holloway’s Sinter.

Richard Racing team principal Gwyn Richardson said he was pleased with his rookie’s debut performance.

Gwyn said: “It has been a huge learning curve for Ovie.He got closer to the outright pace as the weekend went on and has made huge improvements in his driving.

“He listened to the advice he was given and has taken it onboard, and the only thing he really lacks is time in the car.

“Hopefully he can maintain his progress in the next round at Thruxton, where he put in a good showing during the recent pre-event test despite it being his first run in the car at one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar.”