MOTOR RACING: Louise’s hopes hampered by hand injury
Richardson Racing team came away from the weekend with mixed emotions after the fourth meeting of the MSA Formula season at Oulton Park.
The Castle Bytham-based team made the journey to Cheshire seeking to build on three top 12 finishes last time out at Thruxton, with drivers Louise Richardson and Ollie Pidgley both hopeful of a solid weekend on track.
Sadly for Louise, her hopes were hampered by a hand injury that would affect her throughout the race weekend, which started with a difficult qualifying session where she had to settle for 19th on the grid.
Despite the discomfort of her injury, Louise battled her way forwards to a solid 14th place in race one, with the team then taking the decision to use the remaining two races to work on development of the car for the upcoming event at Croft.
After a 17th place finish in race two, Louise picked up her best result of the weekend in race three with 13th, posting her quickest race lap in the process.
Louise will now hope to benefit from the work carried out in the final two races when the series heads to North Yorkshire in three weeks time.
She said: “We knew coming into the season that we were on the back foot a bit compared to our rivals because of our lack of pre-season testing and we are having to learn as we go along – which is what we have done again here.
“It’s been a bit of a mixed weekend in terms of the results, but in terms of the knowledge we’ve gained, there is plenty that we can take away from Oulton Park that will hopefully help us moving forwards.
“The injury to my hand did hamper me in qualifying and it meant I didn’t perform at my best but we worked to improve my comfort in the car for the three races.
“While we picked up two more solid finishes, we were also able to try a few things and learn more that we can take into the next event. While Oulton Park and Croft are two different circuits, they also share some similarities with high-speed corners and a bumpy track surface, so I think the work we have done will help us to be more competitive when we first hit the track at the next meeting.”
Team-mate Ollie continued to make progress with his single-seater education as he picked up three solid finishes in the sister car, displaying improved pace on track and racing strongly throughout the weekend.