MOTOR RACING: Up and down weekend for Castle Bytham racer Richardson

Louise Richardson in action at Knockhill. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Louise Richardson in action at Knockhill. Photo: Jakob Ebrey
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Castle Bytham-based Richardson Racing team endured a weekend of ups and downs as the MSA Formula series headed to Knockhill for the seventh event of the season.

The team made the trip to Scotland seeking to fight towards the top 10 after a challenging weekend at Snetterton, with Louise Richardson keen to replicate the kind of form that saw her finish on the podium at Croft prior to the summer break.

Louise qualified 14th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend but produced a fine drive when the lights went out to fight her way forwards through the pack towards the top ten.

Running in eighth, Louise was set to secure pole for race two thanks to the reverse grid regulations, before an over-ambitious move from one of her rivals in the closing stages resulted in contact that dropped her down to 15th at the finish.

Having been delayed at the start of race two, avoiding a spinning car at turn one, Louise was forced to battle through from the back of the field after an early safety car deployment and fought her way up to 11th going into the final lap.

Unfortunately, an incident involving the two drivers directly ahead as they came up behind a slow car forced Louise on to the grass which damaged her front wing, meaning she instead dropped back to 12th at the finish.

A solid start again in race three saw Louise sitting in 11th after the opening lap, until a forceful move at the hairpin on lap two droppws her back to 15th as she ran wide through the gravel.

Regaining her composure, she produced a series of storming laps to fight back into the top 10, ending the weekend with a solid ninth place finish.

Louise said: “It’s been a bit of an up and down weekend, and the results don’t really reflect the pace in the car.

“It’s a little bit frustrating that we didn’t get the results that our pace deserved. We’ll take the positives from here and come out fighting at Rockingham.”