Richardson Racing signs Marinescu for F4 British Championship return

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27 JULY, 2016 – The Richardson Racing team has confirmed today that it will return to single-seater competition for the remainder of the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season after agreeing terms on a deal with Romanian youngster Alexandra Marinescu.

The Corby-based team has spent the past two seasons competing in the championship under its previous guises of Formula Ford and MSA Formula, but sat out the opening half of the new campaign whilst evaluating potential drivers.

Amongst those drivers was 16-year-old Alexandra, who has now put pen-to-paper on a deal that will see her contest the remaining five meetings on the 2016 schedule, starting with this weekend’s sixth meeting of the season at Snetterton.

The first female single-seater driver from Romania, Alexandra enjoyed a successful career in karting before making the move into the Skip Barber Summer Series in the USA in 2014; where she picked up six top ten finishes in just eight starts.

Alexandra had planned to contest the 2015 MSA Formula season, only for funding issues to curtail her programme; forcing her onto the sidelines as she worked to secure the sponsorship required for a return.

In preparation for her return to competitive action, Alexandra has been hard at work behind the wheel of her new Ford Ecoboost-powered Mygale, with tests at Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch in recent weeks.

Now the youngster will seek to build on the progress shown during her ‘pre-season’ testing programme when the real action gets underway with three races in Norfolk this weekend, with the main aim being to bring home three solid finishes and to increase her experience.

“I’m really pleased to have agreed a deal to race in the remainder of the British F4 season and I can’t wait for this weekend,” she said. “Testing has gone well and to be honest, it’s not taken me as long to get back up to speed as I thought it would having been out of a race car for 18 months.

“I knew it wouldn’t be easy to jump in the car and be right on the pace, but I think the lap-times I have posted in testing have been encouraging when you consider the amount of experience that I have. I’ve also managed to build a good relationship with the team really quickly and we are all getting on well, which is important. They have given me a good car, and that gives me confidence going into my first race weekend.

“I know that I’m not going to be challenging for wins during the second half of this season, as that is an unrealistic aim at the moment. What I want to do is improve my performance on a race-by-race basis and get into a position where I am able to fight in the middle of the pack. If we can do that before the end of the season, then I think I will have done well.”

Team boss Gwyn Richardson admitted he had been impressed by Alexandra’s performance during her time behind the wheel and expressed confidence in the teenager’s ability to show her talents through the remainder of the year.

“Alexandra has basically had five days of testing to try to catch up with rivals who have been racing for half a season, and have done numerous tests on top of that,” he said. “With that in mind, we’re delighted with how she has done so far, especially considering the amount of experience she has.

“She is still learning and very much a work in progress, but Alexandra has driven very well in testing and shown the talent she has. Her pace has been good relative to the times that more experienced drivers have put in, and whilst Snetterton will be a tough circuit on which to make her debut, we’re confident that she’ll be competitive.

“We are under no illusions about the challenge ahead but as Alexandra’s knowledge and experience increases, we have no doubt that she’ll soon be working her way up the grid.”

 

Falcon to field MSA Formula cars for Alexandra Marinescu and Darius Karbaley

31 March, 2015 – Falcon Motorsport has today confirmed that Alexandra Marinescu and Darius Karbaley will represent the team at Brands Hatch this weekend for the opening rounds of the exciting new Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Challenge championship.

Fifteen-year-old Marinescu became the first Romanian female single-seater driver when she took part in the 2014 Skip Barber Summer Series in the USA. Said Alexandra: “We chose MSA Formula as it is a new competition, which is supported by the FIA, and supports pilots who are just 15 years old. For me the first year in this season will be a learning year. I will try to build up my speed in every session and I’m pretty sure that I will find a good rhythm. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time for testing, so for the first race I will be acclimatising, but I’m confident that the team will support me.”

Karbaley is a 17-year-old British karting star from Manchester. In 2012 he finished fifth in the British national KF3 championship and 18th in Europe, before coming fourth in the Rotax Max Kartmasters Grand Prix in 2013. “I am delighted to join Falcon Motorsport for what looks to be an exciting season,” said Darius. “I feel that this is the right series to make the transition from karting to car racing. Even though I have had little experience in the car I am confident that I will be competitive as the season progresses.”

Nick Streatfield, Falcon team owner, added, “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to secure both Alexandra and Darius to race with Falcon Motorsport. Of course the deals have come together very late, but both drivers have huge potential and we relish the prospect of developing their talents. Brands Hatch will be a challenge against drivers who have been testing regularly, but I’m confident they will learn quickly and surprise many.”

Falcon Motorsport was established in 1989, initially under the banner of Streatfield Motorsport, changing its name to Falcon in 1994. The team has competed in a number of championships including British Formula 3, UK Formula Renault, BARC Formula Renault, Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula BMW. In 2014 the Oxfordshire team achieved second place in the both the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain team cup and drivers’ championship with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott.