British F4 to start 2017 in style at Autosport International

  • Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 racer to take centre stage at Autosport International show.
  • Visitors will have the chance to drive British F4 car in Richardson Racing’s state-of-the-art simulator.

10 JANUARY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is set to turn heads at the world-famous Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham’s NEC this week (12–15 January, 2017). The championship’s Ford EcoBoost-powered racer will have pride of place on the MSA stand at the show’s main entrance.

2017 marks a major milestone for Ford; it’s 50th consecutive year of supporting young motorsport talent. It also sees the introduction of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup which gives drivers the chance to compete for a £10,000 prize fund and prove they have got what it takes in the UK’s leading single-seater series for less than £100,000.

Visitors to Autosport International will have the chance to meet championship personnel and find out more about joining the grid for what promises to be another thrilling season.

In addition, they will be able to experience what it’s like to drive a British F4 race car by getting behind the wheel of Richardson Racing’s new state-of-the-art simulator on stand 6401.

The Richardson Racing team is gearing up for an exciting campaign in British F4 this year following the recent launch of its new workshop facilities in Corby. The successful launch saw the unveiling of their new simulator which will be available to British F4 drivers as part of their package with the team.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is the sole single-seater support series for the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship and will be contested over 30 rounds at the UK’s premier race circuits. As in previous years British F4 will enjoy live free-to-air TV coverage on ITV4 and bumper raceday spectator attendance. The 2017 season gets underway on 1/2 April at Brands Hatch.

For more information on the upcoming season please download the 2017 British F4 brochure.

TEAM NEWS: Successful launch for British F4 outfit Richardson Racing’s new Corby home

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13, DECEMBER 2016 – The Richardson Racing team is hard at work preparing for the 2017 season after a successful launch of its new workshop facilities in Corby.

A special event at the new workshop – located on the Earlstrees Industrial Estate just minutes away from Rockingham Motor Speedway – was attended by a number of specially invited guests; including Councillor Julie Riley, the Mayor of Corby.

Following a brief presentation and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were able to take a tour of the new workshop and get up close to some of the cars that the team will use for its 2017 racing programme which will include entries into the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

As well as revealing the workshop, the event also provided the team with the first opportunity to display a new state-of-the-art simulator that will be available to drivers as part of their package with the team.

Non-team drivers will also be able to make use of the simulator by appointment, with the facility being viewed as a key part of the team’s ongoing expansion.

The simulator will be present on Stand 6401 at next month’s Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

“We’re delighted to be able to reveal the new workshop and simulator facility, and are pleased that so many people were able to come along to the official opening,” team principal Gwyn Richardson said. “A lot of work has gone into the workshop in recent months and it provides us with the ideal base to move forwards with our racing programmes; offering easy access to a range of local suppliers and also being close to Rockingham circuit.

“The simulator is a major part of our future plans and we are confident that it will become a valuable tool for the team over the coming years. It’s something unique that we can offer as part of the package for drivers who are racing with us next year, and will also be available to others who want to gain experience of different circuits and cars.

“Without doubt, these are very exciting times for our team and we are determined to make our mark on track in 2017.”

Having been asked to cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony, Mayor of Corby Councillor Julie Riley, revealed her pleasure at welcoming the team to the area.

“This is a very exciting new venture, and hopefully the town of Corby and businesses like Richardson Racing can move forwards together and be successful in the future,” she said. “I love what the team is doing with the new workshop facilities and am particularly impressed with the way they are working with local apprentices to give them first hand experience of motorsport. I wish them every success.”

TEAM NEWS: Richardson Racing brings curtain down on 2016 at Brands Hatch

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5 OCTOBER, 2016 – The Richardson Racing team brought the curtain down on its 2016 racing programme with three solid finishes as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford headed to Brands Hatch for the final round of the year.

The Corby-based team, which has also competed in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge this season, went into the season finale with Andrew Richardson once again at the wheel, with the 25-year-old having returned to single-seater action in the penultimate meeting of the year at Silverstone.

Qualifying 15th on the grid in challenging weather conditions around the famous Grand Prix layout of the Kent circuit, Richardson would go on to secure a hat-trick of 15th place finishes across the three races, once again showing encouraging speed behind the wheel considering his lack of track time with the Ford Eco-boost powered car.

Indeed, his quickest race lap of the weekend in race two was little more than a second away from the eventual winner.

The highlight of the weekend came in the final race live on ITV4 where Richardson found himself embroiled in a three-way battle for position with rivals Jack Martin and Jack Butel, with an impressive move on Martin at Westfield drawing widespread praise.

“I feel I’ve done a good job behind the wheel this weekend but the simple fact is that I just need more time in the car if I’m going to get the most out of it,” Andrew said. “The rest of the grid has a full season of racing behind them whereas I have one weekend, so with that in mind, to be as close to the pace as we were around a technical circuit like Brands GP was really encouraging.

“Having spent the past two years engineering the car, these two weekends have certainly been beneficial in terms of gaining an alternative insight into the car and how it behaves on track. That is something that can now look to make use of during the winter as we prepare for 2017.”

With the half-season F4 programme now at an end, team boss Gwyn Richardson revealed that work was already well underway on plans for next season, with the team hoping to expand to run multiple cars – including a possible entry into the new F4 British Championship Challenge Cup, which will run at selected events across the year.

“It was important for us to be out on track in the second half of the year and it was unfortunate that we had to amend the plans that we had,” he said. “Andrew has come in for the final two rounds and done a good job considering he has had no testing time, and now we can turn our focus to 2017.

“Whilst this season has been tough in terms of racing, it’s probably been our busiest in terms of testing potential drivers as we have had a lot of interest from people who are considering British F4 for next year.

“We are certainly confident of being able to run a multi-car programme next year and welcome the introduction of the new Challenge Cup as an initiative for those drivers who might not be able to fully commit to a ten round programme.”

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.”

 

James Pull leads the way for Carlin in Ford MSA Formula test at Rockingham

  • Carlin’s quartet dominate day one of testing at Rockingham.
  • Max Fewtrell and Alex Quinn maintain strong testing form from Donington Park.

22 March, 2016 – The penultimate day of collective pre-season testing at Rockingham circuit was dominated by Carlin’s super-talented array of drivers, with the experienced James Pull taking top spot on the timesheet.

Pull, who raced for both JTR and Fortec Motorsports in the series last season, has taken little time to settle into his new surroundings at Carlin. He put in an assured performance at the Rockingham, where he already has a wealth of experience behind the wheel of Ford EcoBoost-powered machinery.

The 16 year-old was quickest of Carlin’s driver quartet in the morning session, but it was in the afternoon where he really came into his own, posting a time of 1:18.249 that would not be beaten.

The fastest man from last week’s test at Donington Park was once again a key player in proceedings. Max Fewtrell ended the day in second, less than half a tenth off of the time set by his teammate.

Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn and TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins were the only drivers to break the Carlin stranglehold at the top; the former finishing third and the latter fifth.

When the chequered flag finally fell Martins found himself sandwiched between Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, as well as the recently re-signed Petru Florescu.

Florescu provided additional excitement in the morning when carrying a little too much speed that sent him through the gravel and into a barrier at Pif-Paf, ultimately damaging the front of his car.

The day’s biggest improver was Richardson Racing’s Ben Sturge, improving upon his morning time by over a second in the afternoon. This proved to be enough to see him break into the top ten by close of play.

Testing resumes at Rockingham tomorrow with the 2016 Ford British F4 season launch also taking place. Today’s drivers will be joined by the likes of TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and JHR Developments’ Sennan Fielding who will no doubt be eager to knock the Carlin drivers off their perch.

Testing times Rockingham 22 March, 2016 (am/pm)
1 James PULL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:18.699 / 1:18.249
2 Max FEWTRELL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:19.191 / 1:18.283
3 Alex QUINN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost/ 1:18.436 / 1:18.736
4 Devlin DeFRANCESCO CAN / Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:19.123 / 1:18.518
5 Rafael MARTINS / BRA Arden / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:18.992 / 1:18.706
6 Petru FLORESCU / ROM Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:19.209 / 1:18.731
7 Ross MARTIN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:19.306 / 1:18.838
8 Zane GODDARD / AUS Double R / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:19.196 / 1:19.201
9 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:20.432 / 1:19.323
10 Ben STURGE / GBR Richardson Racing / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:22.902 / 1:21.656 etc.

TEAM NEWS: Challenging finale for Richardson Racing

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TEAM NEWS 14 October, 2015 – The Richardson Racing team endured a challenging weekend at Brands Hatch as the curtain came down on the inaugural MSA Formula season at the famous Kent circuit.

The Grantham-based team headed south hoping for a solid end to its second season of single-seater competition, although lead driver Louise Richardson would be left to wonder what might have been after running into problems in two of the three races. Louise qualified 16th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend having been hampered by an overheating engine that prevented her from pushing for a quicker lap, although she battled her way forwards when the lights went out to cross the line just outside the top 10.

Race two saw her finish in 13th spot, having lost time when she accidentally hit the kill switch on the car and briefly cut out the engine, before taking to the grid for the 30th and final race of the campaign. Running 15th at the end of the opening lap, Louise then found herself caught up in an incident with Ameya Vaidyanathan that saw her tipped into a spin; the resultant damage leading to her being forced to back off for the remainder of the race. Louise took the flag in 17th spot and ends the year 16th in the championship standings; albeit little more than 30 points away from the top 10.

“Well I went out with a bit of a bang in race three, but it wasn’t the kind of bang I was hoping for!” she said. “In truth, it’s been a difficult weekend where we didn’t quite have the pace to challenge for the results we hoped for, but that is the nature of motorsport and things don’t always go your way. The opening race went okay and eleventh wasn’t a bad start to the weekend but in race two, I have to hold my hands up and admit it was my mistake that caused the car to cut out and it cost me some time.

“In race three, I was side-by-side with Vaidyanathan into Druids and he ran wide out of my vision and I thought he’d gone off. As I moved across, he suddenly reappeared next to me and next thing I knew, my car was in the air and I was going backwards down the hill towards Graham Hill Bend. From then on, there was a vibration with the car and I just backed off to make sure I brought it to the finish.

“Overall, it’s been a tough season but there have been highs along the way – most notably the podium at Croft. Obviously I’d have preferred more highs, but I’m happy to have completed my first full season since 2010 and there is a lot that me and the team can take away from this year. We’ll certainly be in a much stronger position at the start of next season based on everything we have learned this year.”

Team-mate Greg Holloway meanwhile brought the curtain down on his three event programme with three more trouble-free finishes; the best result being 13th place in the opening race of the weekend.

TEAM NEWS: Richardson Racing survives Silverstone incidents for double top 10

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TEAM NEWS 29 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – The Richardson Racing team battled hard to secure a double top 10 finish during a chaotic ninth round of the MSA Formula season at Silverstone. Louise Richardson ended a tough weekend on a high with a strong run through to fifth place in the third and final race of the weekend, while there was a maiden top 10 finish in the series for team-mate Greg Holloway on his second outing with the team.

Louise qualified in 14th place for the opening race of the weekend around the short National Circuit and a solid drive would see her rewarded with 15th spot at the finish; with the focus being on pushing forwards for race two. Unfortunately for Louise, she would struggle for grip throughout the second race and dropped down the order as a result, although she battled back valiantly to take the chequered flag in 15th. A five-second penalty for exceeding track limits, one of a number handed out to drivers across the field, would then see her demoted back to 17th on the final results.

Race three would prove to be one of the most chaotic of the season, with a number of incidents leading to multiple retirements in the opening laps. Staying out of the trouble all around her, Louise was rewarded with fifth place at the finish and will now hope to end her season on a high at Brands Hatch in two weeks time.

“It’s been a bit of a tough weekend and we really struggled to nail the set-up on the car to really push towards the front,” she said. “In race one and race two, it made things tough and it was just a case of us trying to stay out of trouble and make up places where we could.

“The same was true to an extent in race three as there was a lot of carnage out there on track and some drivers weren’t driving with their heads, but the set-up was a lot better and we were more competitive as a result. We’ve come away from the weekend with a top five finish which is a positive, and hopefully when we get to Brands Hatch – which is a circuit I love – we’ll be able to challenge for that kind of result on merit and end the season on a high.”

Greg qualified 19th on the grid and ended the opening race of the weekend in 18th having stayed out of trouble throughout as he gained more experience of the Ford EcoBoost-powered machine. A 19th place finish would follow in race two before Greg also avoided the chaos ahead in race three to cross the line in ninth spot – giving the team a double top 10 finish to end the weekend.

“We found a set-up I liked this weekend and I felt more confident in the car,” he said, “although I still didn’t feel I could push to the maximum at turn one which is where I was losing a lot of my time. However, I think I’ve made good progress this weekend and have taken a step forward compared to Rockingham. There is still more to come from me with more time in the car, but I’m happy with how the weekend has gone and it was nice to end it with a top 10 finish.”

TEAM NEWS: Top ten highlight for Richardson Racing

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TEAM NEWS 7 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – The Richardson Racing team secured a strong top 10 finish to conclude a challenging race day as the MSA Formula series headed to Rockingham for the eighth meeting of the season. Louise Richardson ended her weekend on a high with an impressive drive at the unique part-oval circuit to post a second top ten in as many meetings.

Louise was joined for the weekend by Australian racer Greg Holloway, who picked up three finishes on what was his race debut at the wheel of an MSA Formula machine.

In a tightly-fought qualifying session, Louise qualified 14th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend but her hopes of making much progress were ended on the opening lap when she was tipped into a spin at Yentwood – dropping her to the back of the field.

While a Safety Car period allowed her to catch up with the drivers ahead, Louise then found herself stuck behind the Fortec entry of James Pull for much of the race. Finally able to make a move stick, Louise would take the flag in 15th spot; just five seconds away from the top 10.

Race two however would prove to be a short-lived affair, with a fuel pump problem forcing Louise into an early visit to the pits – the issue being particularly frustrating after a demon start that had seen her quickly making up places off the line. Although able to rejoin the race, it was soon apparent that the issue was too great for her to continue and Louise was forced to bring the car back into the pits to retire.

With the problem resolved for race three, Louise was in fine form when the final race got underway – making up three places on the run to the Deene hairpin for the first time. Lapping as quickly as anyone else in the field, she battled her way forwards into the top ten and found herself on the end of a six-car train battling for third going into the final lap.

Coming under pressure from Tarun Reddy behind, Louise went side-by-side through Pif Paf and looked set to maintain her place before Ricky Collard attempted a move on both drivers. As Reddy tried to hold on around the outside, the resultant contact allowed Collard to make his move and demoted Louise back to ninth.

“It’s been another weekend of mixed emotions,” she said. “Race one was just one of those unlucky things where a driver behind suffered a brake issue and I got tipped into a spin, and then in race two, the fuel pump issue forced us out.

“In race three, we really found the set-up and the car felt strong. We matched the pace of the front-runners throughout and it was another indication of what we are capable of. Setting the fourth quickest lap was really encouraging.

“Unfortunately in the last few meetings we haven’t been able to string the whole weekend together and have had a combination of highs and lows. Hopefully when we get to Silverstone, we can have a strong weekend from start to finish.”

Having tested with the team on a number of occasions during the year, the Rockingham weekend marked a return to action for Greg for the first time since the final rounds of the 2014 Formula Ford season at Brands Hatch nearly twelve months ago.

Easing himself into his new surroundings, Greg qualified 19th on the grid but, like Louise, was then delayed by an incident on the opening lap. Staying out of trouble when the race resumed, Greg took the flag in 18th spot and then followed it up with 16th place in race two.

Again running without issue in the final race of the weekend, Greg completed his return to competitive action with a 17th place finish. “It was great to get back into a car after so long away and I really enjoyed the weekend,” he said. “I think I made some good improvements across the weekend and I’m looking forward to being back out again in the future, whenever that may be. Compared to the car I raced last year, the MSA Formula car gave me a lot more confidence and I felt more comfortable behind the wheel. It was good fun.”

TEAM NEWS: Up and down weekend for Richardson Racing

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TEAM NEWS 24 AUGUST, 2015 – The 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 Grantham 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 10. Running in eighth, Louise was set to secure pole for race two thanks to the reverse grid regulations before an overambitious 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 period and had 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 and 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 only for a forceful move at the hairpin on lap two to drop 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.

“It’s been a bit of an up and down weekend, and the results don’t really reflect the pace in the car,” she said. “The first race was going well and we looked on for a top eight finish until the incident and then in race two, we were in the wrong place at the wrong time when it kicked off ahead.

“In race three, I was forced off the circuit at the hairpin but I came back well and the car felt brilliant towards the end. We just need to work on it so I get that feeling from the start of the weekend. It’s a little bit frustrating that we didn’t get the results that our pace deserved, and had it not been for the incident in race one, we’d have been at the front for race two with the reverse grid and things could have been very different. That’s all a case of ‘ifs and buts’ though, so we’ll take the positives from here and come out fighting at Rockingham.”

Team-mate Ollie Pidgley was on the back foot heading into qualifying given the weekend marked his first appearance at the undulating Scottish circuit, and he qualified 18th on the grid for the opening race.

Taking things easy following a light rain shower before the start, Ollie stayed out of trouble to finish the race in 13th and then avoided much of the carnage that developed ahead in race two to finish in tenth – despite being forced to take a trip across the grass at Duffus Dip when the car of Lando Norris spun ahead.

Ollie would then end his weekend with arguably his strongest drive – emerging on top of a number of battles on track to bring his car to the flag in 12th.

“It’s been an eventful weekend,” he said. “We lost out on some track time in practice which made it tough going into qualifying so I expected to be towards the back and then it started to rain before race one and I took it a bit too easy in the early stages. Race two was complete carnage and I lost out when Lando span in front of me and I had to run across the grass. Despite that, I managed to make the most of problems for others to finish inside the top 10, and in race three, I was able to get my elbows out a bit and make up some places without needing others to make mistakes. P12 was a decent finish to a challenging weekend.”

TEAM NEWS: Tough times for Richardson Racing at Snetterton

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TEAM NEWS 11 August, 2015 – After the highs of Croft prior to the summer break, the Richardson Racing team endured a more challenging weekend at Snetterton as the MSA Formula season resumed with the sixth meeting of the year.

The Grantham-based team made the journey to Norfolk seeking to build on its best weekend of the season to date, which had seen Louise Richardson take a maiden podium finish during the trip to the North East six weeks previously.

Having posted the 14th quickest time in qualifying, Louise would race her way forwards to finish the opening race of the weekend in 12th spot and went into race two keen to try to at least match that performance.

Sadly, a spin on the fourth lap after being forced to take avoiding action to prevent a collision with rival Petru Florescu dropped her to the back of the field, although she fought back well to cross the line in 14th – the end result leaving her wondering what might have been without the earlier incident.

Race three would end with a similar result despite a mid-race excursion at the final corner, leaving Louise 16th in the championship standings at the end of the weekend. “After a great weekend at Croft before the summer break, this one has been tough and to be honest, I think we just need to try and draw a line under it and look forward to the next round at Knockhill,” she said. “Qualifying was difficult as I didn’t feel completely comfortable with the car and struggled to make much progress, but the team made some changes for race one and it felt much better.

“Unfortunately, races two and three just didn’t go my way. In race two, I was making a move on Florescu when he closed the door and I spun in avoidance, and then in race three, the car snapped under braking for the final corner and I had a spin across the grass. It’s disappointing that we weren’t able to build on the podium at Croft with some similar results here, but we’ve shown what we can do in previous events and will just put this weekend behind us and come out fighting in Scotland.”

Team-mate Ollie Pidgley had looked well set for a solid race weekend after qualifying 15th on the grid in the sister car, with the single-seater rookie running well in the midfield pack through the opening six laps of the opening race.

Unfortunately, his race would then be brought to an early end when heavy contact from one of his rivals at the Montreal hairpin on the seventh lap left his car extensively damaged and forced him into retirement.

With the car repaired, Ollie lined up at the back of the field for race two but having made solid early progress, he was then forced to pit for further repairs after being hit again at the same corner. Whilst the deployment of the Safety Car minimised his losses, he dropped off the lead lap and was left down in 19th place as a result.

Despite the car not being at its best, Ollie then picked up a 15th place finish in race three, leaving him to reflect on a weekend full of missed opportunities; with the results of the three races being an unfair reflection of his performance on track.

“Qualifying went well but sadly it turned out to be the only decent session of the weekend for me,” he said. “We could probably have gone even quicker but we looked good going into race one and I was racing with the pack for the first time. It was going well and I felt comfortable, and then I was hit going into the hairpin and that was it – game over.

“In race two, I was hit again at the same place by another driver from the same team and in both cases, they were deemed to have been at fault. I know that I’ve made mistakes myself in the past, but this time around it was just really bad luck for me to be caught up in two incidents that were caused by others. Because of those two incidents, and the fact we picked up some debris, the car wasn’t at its best in race three and the performance wasn’t what we’d hoped for. Overall, it’s been a frustrating weekend where we could have had so much more.”