The penultimate meeting of the year at Silverstone saw the team successfully wrap up two of the three championship titles on offer in the British Touring Car Championship support series, with the teams’ championship and G50 class crown both now secured.
On the back of his maiden victory last time out, Andrew Richardson heads into the season finale seeking to challenge for top honours once again in the premier G55 class. With three races this weekend, Andrew will aim to maintain his impressive form to cement fourth spot in the championship standings and to ensure he heads into the off-season on a high.
After a difficult start to the season - when a series of issues out of the control of him or the team knocked him out of title contention - Andrew has firmly established himself as one of the true stars of the Ginetta series, with multiple podium finishes over the second half of the year.
“I’m really confident about the weekend ahead,” he said. “The Brands Hatch GP circuit is one I enjoy and where I have gone well in the past, and I’m confident we have a good set-up on the car that will allow me to fight at the front of the field.
“After a difficult start to the season, I think I was being a bit too cautious on track without realising it, but the podium I gained in the second race at Rockingham - where I came through the field from seventh to second - really helped me get my mojo back.
“The victory last time out at Silverstone has only increased my confidence and it’s been reflected in our pace, so hopefully I can end the season with another trip to the top of the podium.”
Having successfully wrapped up the G50 class crown with a 14th victory of the year at Silverstone, Hudderfield racer Mark Davies will now join Andrew in the G55 class for the final meeting of the year.
Thanks to the continued support of Cardowan Creameries of Glasgow, Mark will be at the wheel of a brand new car that will be delivered from the Ginetta factory in Leeds in time for the start of on-track action on Friday.
It means Mark’s first opportunity to sample the G55 will only come in pre-event testing, although he is confident of being able to run towards the front on his first weekend with the car.
“It was fantastic to wrap up the G50 title at Silverstone and I’m pleased to have the chance to race the G55 this weekend,” he said. “There are only two short sessions of testing on Friday so I have to try and get as much mileage as I can to learn as much as possible about the car and see how different it is to the G50. However, I have absolutely no doubt that the team will get the car set-up right as they have proven already with Andrew what they can do with the G55.
“It’s difficult to know what to expect from the weekend, but realistically I’d like to think that I can get into the top five. There are three races this weekend and hopefully by Sunday I’ll have got plenty of miles under my belt, be comfortable in the car and be able to really push.”
With Mark graduating into the G55, the team will not run its G50 class machines this weekend.