Launching 2017

Seats still available in Ginetta Junior, Ginetta GT5 Challenge, British GT4 & FIA British Formula 4.
Friday
02
December 2016
On 10th December from 1pm, the new Richardson Racing premises are being officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Mayor of Corby, Councillor Julie Riley.

Champagne and canapés will be served to our guests and while they enjoy the hospitality, they can browse the cars, meet the team and even try out our brand new state-of –the-art simulator.

The simulator has a steering wheel capable of realistically producing levels of feedback equal to any single seater from F1 to Indy cars to GP2, and has Oculus VR enabled, we are very excited about our latest development. It includes a fully hydraulic AP racing brake system and transducers that give real life vibration feedback, coupled with a massive array of UK and International circuits and cars of every specification including LNP and GT, we think our customers will be just as excited as we are! Our team drivers will have time in the simulator included as part of their season package, before every race meeting and test day. The simulator will also be available to non-team drivers by appointment.

Contact Lesley for further details

Friday
25
November 2016
Richardson Racing will be attending the Autosport Show from January 12th to 15th 2017

We will be bringing our brand new simulator with us for the trip!

Come and visit us on Stand 6401. 

Contact Gwyn for further information.

Wednesday
12
October 2016
Richardson Racing can today confirm plans to expand its racing programme for the 2017 season to include an entry into the Ginetta Junior Championship, with a potential campaign in the British GT Championship also under consideration.

The Corby-based team has spent recent seasons focused on single-seater competition in both Formula Ford and British F4, but returned to its sportscar roots this year with a parallel programme in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

The sportscar side of the team will be now be enhanced with an entry into the Ginetta Junior championship, which runs alongside British F4 as part of the British Touring Car Championship support package.

Open to drivers aged from 14-17, the Junior championship sees aspiring stars of the future do battles in identical Ginetta G40s similar to those used in the Ginetta Challenge; the main difference being that the 1.8 litre Ford Zetec engine under the bonnet is limited to 100hp.

Talks with potential drivers are ongoing.

"In the past twelve months, we have tested a number of young drivers who are looking to make the step into car racing, but who aren’t old enough to compete in the championships we are already involved with,” team boss Gwyn Richardson said.
“With that in mind, we thought it was the ideal time for us to look at what options were available if we were to introduce a Junior programme for young drivers like this, and there is nothing to beat the Ginetta Junior series.
"For any driver looking to start out in motorsport, the fact it is on the BTCC package with live TV and provides the chance to race in front of large crowds is something you won’t find anywhere else.
"With the experience we have in both the Ginetta Challenge and the Ginetta Supercup, we feel confident that we can offer potential drivers a package that will allow them to run at the front of the field next year in what is sure to be a hugely competitive championship."

Alongside the expanded Ginetta programme, the team is also evaluating the possibility of running a single car in the GT4 category of the British GT Championship having fielded a number of enquiries from drivers in recent months.

With that in mind, the team plans to hold a number of test days with an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in which potential drivers can not only sample the car, but also gain an insight into working with the team.

For further details on the test day, please contact Gwyn Richardson on gwyn@richardsonracing.co.uk

Wednesday
05
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, Andrew 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 Andrew 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 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.”
Tuesday
20
September 2016
Andrew Richardson enjoyed an unexpected return to action as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford headed to Silverstone for the penultimate meeting of the 2016 season.

Andrew, who has spent this season engineering the car being run by the Corby-based Richardson Racing team, was given the opportunity to return to competitive action at the eleventh hour but faced a huge challenge having never previously driven the team’s F4 machine. In fact, the Silverstone weekend marked his first competitive outing in a single-seater since a one-off Formula Ford outing at Oulton Park back in 2014; a gap of more than two years.

Despite his only time at the wheel of the car being restricted to two test sessions on Friday, Andrew produced an encouraging performance in a damp qualifying session to post a best time little more than a second away from pole position, putting him 18th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend. Staying out of trouble in race one, Andrew brought his car to the finish in 18th spot and then went one better in race two, where he also brought his lap time down to better a number of his rivals in the rear end of the midfield.

Electing to use the final race of the weekend to trial a number of set-up changes in preparation for the season finale at Brands Hatch next month, Andrew ended the meeting with a 19th place finish in race three; his chances not being aided by a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits at turn one.

“Having spent nearly two seasons engineering the car, it was interesting to have the chance to actually get behind the wheel and race it myself,” he said. “Given that I hadn’t driven the F4 car before Friday testing, I had no real expectations in terms of results and just wanted to go out there and enjoy myself, so to get as close to the pace as I did in the second race is something I’m really happy with considering everyone else on the grid has been racing the car all year. “It didn’t take long to get comfortable behind the wheel but the F4 car certainly needs you to take a different approach compared to the cars I’ve driven in the past. You really need to be smooth in how you drive, and it’s all about carrying the momentum through the corners to maximise the lap time. “With two solid races under my belt, we elected to use race three to try out a few different things on the car to see how it reacted and it proved to be a worthwhile exercise. Although it wasn’t the right way to go, it is something that we would otherwise have had to try out when we got to Brands Hatch so it’s good to get the work done early here. “Getting a fresh insight into things has been really interesting and if the opportunity arose, it would be good to have another outing in the car to see what progress I can make.”
Monday
29
August 2016
Romanian driver Alexandra Marinescu enjoyed another weekend packed with progress as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford headed to Rockingham for the eighth round of the year.

The Rockingham meeting marked Alexandra’s second outing with the Richardson Racing team, which now operates from a base just minutes away from the circuit in Corby. Having made good progress throughout her debut meeting at Snetterton last month, the team was hopeful that Alexandra would continue to close the gap to the drivers ahead during the Rockingham meeting, although her job was made more difficult by poor weather conditions that hit the Northamptonshire circuit on the first day of the two-day meeting.

Rain during qualifying, the first time Alexandra had sampled the F4 in wet conditions, meant she found herself off the pace at the back of the grid, and even worse conditions in the opening race later on Saturday meant she had to settle for 16th place – the main aim having been to keep the car on track and gain as much knowledge as possible for the future. 

Race two on Sunday would be held in more favourable conditions, with Alexandra lapping three tenths of a second quicker than she had done during Friday practice and finishing within 30 seconds of the race winner – less than half the margin that there had been after the wet weekend opener.

Although unable to match that 14th place finish in race three, Alexandra showed her continued improvement by posting her quickest lap time of the weekend en-route to 19th spot, leaving her happy with the way the weekend had panned out.

“The weekend went pretty well overall,” she reflected. “Considering that qualifying and race one was the first time I had driven the car in the wet, I think it went better than expected and I was happy to keep the car on the track in difficult conditions. “The second race was quite good because I finished 14th, and while I was a bit lucky to get that high up, I improved my lap time and got closer to the pace. Even though we had a small problem with the car in race three, I improved my best lap time again and think I’ve made more good progress across the weekend. “It's clear to see that I need more time in the car and more experience, but I am slowly catching up to the pace of the other drivers on the grid and I’m looking to bringing that gap down a bit further when we get to Silverstone.” 

Team boss Gwyn Richardson declared himself pleased with the progress Alexandra had made in his second race weekend, particularly taking into account the conditions on track. 

“As at Snetterton on her debut, Alexandra has done a good job this weekend and we are pleased with the progress she has made,” he said. “It would have been easy for her to make a mistake and put the car into the gravel on Saturday when the circuit was wet but she drove well on what was her first taste of the car in those kind of conditions. “When the circuit was then dry for the second and third races, she made good progress, and the fact that she continued to get quicker and posted her best lap of the weekend in race three is an indication that she is moving in the right direction. “She’s been able to learn a lot this weekend and hopefully the progress she has made at Rockingham will continue during the next event at Silverstone in a few weeks time.”
Monday
01
August 2016
The Richardson Racing team enjoyed a solid return to single-seater action as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season resumed at Snetterton, with rookie driver Alexandra Marinescu exceeding expectations on her debut with the team.

The 16-year-old Romanian driver headed into the weekend on the back of a busy testing programme in recent weeks, with the Corby-based team optimistic about her potential on track.

Securing 17th place on the grid in her first qualifying session, Alexandra stayed out of trouble in race one to bring her car to the finish in 15th, keeping fellow debutant Alexandra Mohnhaupt at bay and improving her lap times by nearly seven-tenths of a second. 

Further improvements in lap time followed in race two as Alexandra avoided a number of clashes around her on track to secure an impressive twelfth place, putting in a mature performance to keep quicker drivers behind in the closing stages.

 A 16th place finish in race three, where she also posted her fastest lap of the weekend, meant three solid finishes for the teenager and valuable experience that she will now seek to build on during the remainder of the season.

 “I’m really happy with how the weekend has gone and I think it’s been better than I expected,” she said. “The result in race two was a little bit lucky because of problems for other people, but I made good progress throughout the weekend in terms of my speed and was quicker every time I went on track, which is what I wanted to do. “I’ve certainly learned a lot this weekend from being on track with other people and seeing what they do, as it’s totally different to going round and round in testing by yourself. There are lots of little things I’ve picked up that have helped me get quicker from working with the team and from following other drivers, and I feel confident that I can get closer to the pace of the cars ahead in the races to come.”

 Team boss Gwyn Richardson was also happy with Alexandra’s performance on her debut with the team.

 “I think it’s been a fantastic start for Alexandra this weekend,” he said. “She has driven well, has stayed out of trouble and has made good progress, as we can see by the fact that she set her best lap on the final lap of race three. “She had luck on her side to finish twelfth in race two and we know that was the case, but at the same time, she had to do well to keep faster drivers at bay and the experience she has gained here will set her up well for the remainder of the season.”
Wednesday
27
July 2016
The Richardson Racing team can today confirm 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 round 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 and 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.” 
Tuesday
21
June 2016
The Richardson Racing secured a brace of top six finishes on a competitive weekend of action in the latest rounds of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Croft.

Expanding to a two-car outfit for the first time this season, the Corby-based team showed it’s potential to run at the front of the pack in front of a bumper crowd at the North Yorkshire circuit, with Andrew Richardson and Alex Toth-Jones both coming away from the meeting pleased with their end results.

 Andrew’s participation in the event was only confirmed in the days leading up the weekend, with the team only collecting his Ginetta G40 en-route to the circuit. Monumental work on arrival at the circuit on Thursday readied Andrew’s car for the start of on-track action during Friday testing, and he then put his car in a solid sixth on the grid for race one in Saturday’s qualifying session. Although he ran as high as fourth at one stage, Andrew had to contend himself with a sixth place finish in race one before an impressive drive on old tyres in race two saw him take fourth; his best lap being just two-tenths of a second off the benchmark set on new rubber. 

“All things considered, it’s gone well this weekend,” he said. 
“It was a last minute deal to compete at Croft and the team has done an astonishing job to basically rebuild the car at the circuit ahead of the weekend. They put so much work into it and the pace we showed in the races was really encouraging, especially in race two."
“I was a bit frustrated with myself in qualifying as I think I overdrove a little bit and didn’t get the best from the tyres and race one was all about continuing to make improvements to the car and tweaking things to get more from it. Despite running on older tyres to the guys around me, we were really quick in race two and that is something that is really pleasing for us to take away from the weekend.” 

For team-mate Alex, the weekend was expected to be a challenge with no new tyres available as part of his tyre allocation for the season. Despite that, he qualified in 14th position on the grid and was making his forwards through the field in the early stages of race one only for contact from behind at the hairpin on lap two to demote him to almost the rear of the field. A solid recovery saw him battle his way to 17th at the finish, which is where he would then start the second race of the weekend.

Continuing to display impressive race craft, Alex showed pace comparable with a number of the top ten runners as he took the flag in 13th place gaining more vital experience in his maiden season of car competition.

“The fact I didn’t have new tyres for this weekend meant I was on the back foot, especially in qualifying, but I think I drove well in the races and our pace was good; it’s just unfortunate that the incident in race one hampered my chances,” he said. 
“The start had been good and I felt we had a car that was good enough for the top ten but then I just got turned round at the final corner. The fact that the other driver was reprimanded afterwards tells its own story, but unfortunately it didn’t help me get back the result. I think the Safety Car period in race two hampered my chances a bit as I couldn’t build on a decent start but the car felt good underneath me and with more time, we could have been in the top ten again; we certainly had the pace. 
“Overall, a best result of 13th on paper isn’t what I was hoping for from the weekend but I think the pace is something I can be happy with and I can’t wait for the next round at Spa – it’s a where I’ve always dreamed of racing and that dream will soon come true.”
Tuesday
14
June 2016
Rookie racer Alex Toth-Jones battled back from on-track misfortune to take a starring role in the latest rounds of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Silverstone.

The fourth meeting of the season hadn’t originally been part of Alex’s schedule with the Corby-based Richardson Racing team, with his original agreement having only covered the previous two meetings at Thruxton and Oulton Park as well as next weekend’s BTCC-support event at Croft. Having managed to secure the funding to extend his deal to cover the remainder of the campaign, Bradford-racer Alex went into the Silverstone weekend eager to build on a brace of top seven finishes at Oulton Park and made light of the fact he has missed the pre-event test to secure eighth on the 40 car grid for race one. Unfortunately for Alex, the opening race would end in early disappointment when – having made up two places at the start – he was tipped into a spin going through Becketts on the second lap. The end result was that Alex found himself firmly in the wrong place at the wrong time as he was collected by one of the cars behind; putting him out of the race on the spot and causing heavy damage to his Ginetta G40. A late night for the team saw his car repaired in time for the second race, which was held in wet conditions on Sunday morning. Forced to start from the pit lane after his car started to mist-up on the warming up lap, Alex produced an astonishing opening lap to climb up to 17th place but was then forced back into the pits with ongoing visibility issues and left to retire from the race. With the team resolving the issue in time for race three, Alex again lined up at the back of the field but was once again a man on a mission when the lights went out – climbing from 37th to 21st on lap one and then breaking into the top 20 on lap two. As heavy rain led to worsening track conditions, Alex battled his way into tenth place before the decision was taken to end the race at the end of lap five, with an incident on the start/finish line then causing the race to be red-flagged and the result declared a lap earlier. It meant Alex had to console himself with a solitary 13th place finish despite making up an amazing 53 places across the three Silverstone races. “Action packed is the best way to describe this weekend,” he said. “Considering we arrived at the circuit with no testing, I was happy with my performance in qualifying but it was disappointing to be taken out of race one in the way we were, as I really felt we were on for our best finish yet. “The team did an amazing job to repair the car and worked late into the night to make sure I was out for race two but we were struggling to stop the car from misting up and despite making up loads of places early on, I had no option but to pit as I simply couldn’t see and it was too dangerous to continue. “Race three however was great fun and I was really in my element in difficult conditions. To come through to tenth at the finish was fantastic, even if we then lost out when the result was taken back a lap. To see the reaction of the team when I came back to the pits at the end was really uplifting at the end of a difficult weekend and I think I showed what we can do. “I was able to learn an awful lot this weekend and I don’t think it will be long before we can start pushing for some silverware, especially as I now know that I’m going to be in the car for the rest of the season.” Richardson Racing team boss Gwyn Richardson was delighted with the performance of his teenage driver, insisting that he deserved more from the weekend. “It’s been a hugely positive weekend for Alex in terms of his performance, although of course there is also disappointment that an incident he could do nothing about in race one prevented him from getting the result he deserved,” he said. “The damage from that incident also played a part in the problem that Alex faced in race two but his drive in race three was fantastic. To come through the field as he did in those conditions was very impressive and the fact that he was matching the leaders at times bodes well for the future. “It goes without saying that we are really pleased to have been able to put together a deal with Alex that will see him in the car for the remainder of the season and if his performance this weekend is anything to go by, I have no doubt that there are some good results to come before the end of the year.”

Thursday
21
April 2016
The Richardson Racing team showed impressive pace on its return to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge with a front-running performance in the season opener at Brands Hatch.

Having agreed a deal to run youngster Alex Toth-Jones in selected events this season – starting at Thruxton next month – the Lincolnshire-based team elected to take part in the first meeting of the year to gain additional knowledge and experience of it’s new Ginetta G40. 

Having spent the last two seasons helping to engineer the team’s single-seater programme, Andrew Richardson made his return to competitive action for the first time in two years but was quickly up to speed. Despite losing time in traffic during his quick lap in qualifying, Andrew qualified an impressive second on the grid and then brought to the car home to a fifth place finish in race one – a lack of worn wet tyres that were the preferred choice for the track conditions preventing him from pushing for a place on the podium.

From fifth on the grid for race two, Andrew was hopeful of pushing forwards towards the top three places but an incident on the opening lap whilst hunting down the leader saw him forced off into the wall and into retirement. Sadly, the incident would also prove to be Andrew’s undoing in race three, with further hidden damage to the rear of the car affecting the handling and leading him to retire for a second time. 

Despite the disappointment of a double DNF however, there were plenty of positives for the team to take away from its first weekend with the G40.

“Although the end results weren’t what we hoped for because of the incident in race two, there are a lot of positives we can take away from this weekend,” Andrew reflected. 
“While other teams have been testing over the winter, our decision to enter the Ginetta Challenge was taken relatively recently, so we went to Brands Hatch with our focus on learning as much about the car as possible rather than chasing outright results. Despite that, and the fact I’ve been out of the car for two years, we did well to qualify second on the grid and there is a good chance I could have put the car on pole without traffic on my quick lap. Fifth in race one was a decent start but we knew that the pace was in the car to fight for victory in race two. However, when someone else had a moment and collected me, it was unfortunately the end of our challenge. 
“To show the pace we did this weekend is very encouraging and whilst we didn’t manage to get to the top step of the podium this time, we’ll work hard to do it with Alex when he gets behind the wheel.” 

Andrew will now hand the car over to teenager Toth-Jones for the BTCC supporting rounds at Thruxton in three weeks time. Alongside the Ginetta programme, Richardson Racing continues to test drivers ahead of a planned return to the Ford MSA Formula grid later in the season.

Monday
04
April 2016
The Richardson Racing team is to make a return to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge after concluding a deal with rising star Alex Toth-Jones for the 2016 season.

Alex, a member of the MSA Academy and former finalist in the Racing Steps Foundation MSA Young Driver of the Year, will join the Lincolnshire-based team for selected outings in the highly-competitive one-make series as he evaluates a full season entry into the championship for 2017.

Bradford racer Alex makes the move into car racing having enjoyed a successful career in karting, which included being crowned as both the MBKC vice champion and NKRA North Region Senior Max champion last year. The 18-year-old was also named as Senior Driver of the Year within the Manchester and Buxton Kart Club during the course of the 2015 season. 

Alex’s programme in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge will include the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support races at both Thruxton and Croft, which will provide him with the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of both a bumper trackside crowd and a huge TV audience live on ITV4. His schedule also includes the British GT event at Oulton Park; traditionally regarded one of the most popular and best attended meetings on the calendar.

 “It’s been a long hard battle to raise the funds we needed, but the reality of racing cars has finally arrived,” he said. 
“I have to give thanks to my sponsors Lodestone Projects and Party Perfection, because without them, this deal wouldn’t have been possible. “My early running in the Ginetta G40 has been very positive and even though it requires a different style of driving to what I am used to, the same rules still apply when it comes to chasing the end result. I just have to adjust my driving style to make sure I can extract the maximum from the car every time I go out on track, which is going to be the biggest challenge. “Now the deal is done, I can’t wait for the season to get underway and I’m looking forward to see how I get on when the real business begins.” 

Additional sponsorship packages on Alex’s Ginetta G40 are still available. Richardson Racing previously competed in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge through to the end of the 2010 season, when it ran Andrew Richardson to second in the championship title. Since then, the team has gone on to compete in the Ginetta GT Supercup – winning both the G50 class and teams’ title in 2012 – and has also taken numerous podium finishes in both Formula Ford and MSA Formula.

Sunday
14
February 2016
Rookie racer Alex Toth-Jones ensured that he saved the best to last after coming agonisingly close to a maiden podium finish as his first season in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge drew to a close at Donington Park.

Despite the fact that he initially only planned to contest three meetings with the Corby-based Richardson Racing team, the Donington Park finale capped what would ultimately be a near full season of competition in the British GT-support series for Bradford-based Alex, who would compete in every meeting bar the opening event of the campaign at Brands Hatch. 

Having shown his potential throughout the season with a number of top ten finishes, Alex headed into the finale keen to try and end his year on a high and qualified in a solid ninth on the grid – despite being faced with wet conditions on what was his first outing on the longer Donington Park GP layout. Although he would lose places in the early stages of race one, a solid recovery drive saw Alex battle his way back into the top ten before the chequered flag flew, leaving him to start the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning from the fifth row of the grid.

Ensuring there was no repeat of his start in race one, Alex instead found himself moving forwards through the opening lap as he made up three places to run seventh, and then took sixth spot on lap three. Making up a further place on the penultimate lap, Alex found himself pushing hard in the battle for a place on the podium but despite moving up to fourth on the final lap, he fell just 0.009secs shy of what would have been a maiden top three finish. The result would still prove to be his best of the campaign however, as an unfortunate spin in the final race of the year saw his car beached in the gravel at the chicane and saw Alex forced into retirement. 

Despite that, he ends his maiden season of car racing 14th in the championship standings and confident that the experience gained over the course of the year will prove to be beneficial in the future. 

“It’s unfortunate that the weekend ended with a DNF, but on the whole, it was a fantastic way to bring my season to an end,” he said. “It didn’t start in the best way with the rain in qualifying given that I’d never driven the GP circuit before, so I think that P9 on the grid was good when you take that into consideration; particularly as I know I would have been quicker with a few more laps. “I’ll admit that I was caught napping a bit at the start and lost some places, but I think I drove well to get back into the top ten and then race two was great."
"To come from tenth on the grid to finish fourth was brilliant, even if it’s a little disappointing at the same time to get so close to the podium and just miss out. “We’ve had our ups and downs this season, so I’m ecstatic to have picked up my best result at the final round and it’s a big plus to take into the winter. I had some of my sponsors - and also some potential sponsors - at the circuit with me, so to have picked up a good result in front of them is particularly pleasing as I wouldn't have been on the grid without the support of everyone who has backed me this year." "Now the hard work starts to put everything together to return next season. “We’ve ended the season being the quickest we have been all year, and if I can keep developing and learning during the winter, then there is no reason why me and the team can’t be right in the mix at the front of the grid in 2017.” 

Team boss Gwyn Richardson admitted he was delighted with the manner in which Alex had concluded the season, insisting that the progress displayed over the course of the campaign was a sign that the teenager can be one to watch in the series next year.

 "Having joined us as a rookie, we've been really pleased with the way Alex has performed this season and to end the year pushing for the podium positions is an indication of how he has improved as a driver," he said. "He has integrated with the team better than we ever expected and I think the fact he feels so comfortable with us has been reflected in some of the results he has picked up this year. "I have no doubt that the result in race two this weekend is an indication of what he could do next year now he has some experience under his belt, and hopefully we can work on a deal to team up again and fight for the title in 2017."