Louise Richardson impresses on Silverstone comeback

Louise Richardson (photo by Marc Waller)Louise Richardson made her comeback to racing in the Ginetta Gt supercup at Silverstone last weekend after over a year away.

She had finally managed to secure the funding for a racing comeback and now the pressure was on to perform to try and secure more long term backing.

She didn’t have to worry about being rusty as she topped the times in Friday testing. Unfortunately she suffered engine problems towards the end of the day but her Richardson racing team worked through Friday night to get the car back to 100% ready for qualifying.

She repaid the teams efforts, putting the car onto class pole for both races. Things were looking great with race one starting late on Saturday.

Louise made an uncharacteristic mistake on the first lap and spun down to last place. But she didn’t let that get her down and drove a storming race to charge back through the G50 field to take a G50 class win on her comeback.

Sunday’s race proved just as impressive, she dominated the G50 class and kept up with the tail enders in the more powerful G55 class. She easily took her second win, making it a perfect comeback.

Louise Richardson (photo by Marc Waller)“It’s been a great weekend,” the 20-year-old said. “I was up to speed quickly in the car in testing but then the team was left with work to do when we had to change the engine overnight before qualifying. Although the car didn’t feel quite as quick in qualifying, I took pole and then got a good start in race one when the lights went out.

“On the first lap, one of the G55s spun in front of me and I had my own spin in sympathy, but I came back through to win. Race two was good as I was able to keep on the back of the train of G55s in the early stages and they didn’t manage to break away, which showed the pace I had.

“This weekend has been pretty much perfect, and I’d love the opportunity to step up to a G55 for Brands Hatch to see what I can do against the front-runners in the same car. We’ll have to see if that is possible but if not, then I’ll aim to pick up more wins in the G50 to show potential sponsors what I could do next year.”

We’ll have to wait and see whether Louise appears at Brands Hatch (On the 19th and 20th October) in a G50 or a G55 but either way she’s sure to continue impressing. Hopefully she’ll be able to impress enough to secure a full time drive in 2014.  By Marc Waller

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