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

Louise Richardson / Richardson Racing

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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.”