More Ginetta Junior success for Richardson Racing at Snetterton

More Ginetta Junior success for Richardson Racing at Snetterton

07.08.2019: The Richardson Racing team enjoyed more success on track in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship as the 2019 season roared back into life at Snetterton.

The Richardson Racing team enjoyed more success on track in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship as the 2019 season roared back into life at Snetterton.
 



The Corby-based team headed for the longest circuit on the calendar with Will Martin and Casper Stevenson looking to maintain their recent runs of success on track, and both James Taylor and new signing Ethan Hawkey seeking to challenge for strong points finishes.
 


Qualifying would prove to be a chaotic affair, with all four drivers losing at least one quick time for exceeding track limits as they looked to secure the best possible position on the grid.
 


Despite that, Will secured pole for the opening race of the weekend with Casper directly behind on row two. Ethan meanwhile was eleventh quickest ahead of his first race with the team, with James left with work to do from 19th.
 


From pole, Will held the lead at the start of the opening race before briefly slipping back to second behind fellow front-row starter Zak O’Sullivan. Reclaiming the lead before an incident further down the order led to the Safety Car being deployed, Will duly maintained his recent strong form with a fourth successive win.
 


Although he lost places on the opening lap, Casper was able to fight his way back into third place by the time the Safety Car came out, and then made the most of an error from James Hedley to secure second place and a 1-2 finish for the team.
 


Ethan and James would both find themselves in a multi-car battle for fourth place that raged throughout the race, with Ethan eventually crossing the line in seventh and James taking ninth having made up an impressive ten places from his starting position.
 


The second race of the weekend would be the rescheduled ninth round of the campaign, which was cancelled due to poor weather at Croft back in June.
 


From the front row of the grid, Will was able to jump ahead of Hedley on the run to turn one and kept his rival at bay throughout to secure victory, with Casper maintaining his own podium run with third place.
 


Ethan secured another top ten finish with a solid ninth having once again been in the heart of a mid-field battle, although there was disappointment for James as an engine issue and a ten second time penalty for a false start saw him classified down in 16th.
 


Race three on the Sunday morning saw the grid line up based on the second fastest times in qualifying, with Casper the best placed driver in P5. Another solid drive from the rookie saw him cross the line in second spot to extend his podium run to seven, with Will managing to avoid a number of clashes ahead to climb from ninth to fifth.
 


Despite a trip off track on the opening lap, James was able to climb his way 18th on the grid to again finish ninth, with Ethan missing out on the top ten by just 0.068s in eleventh.
 


Those finishing positions would determine the grid slots for the fourth and final race of the weekend, with Casper jumping ahead of O’Sullivan off the start.



Slotting into second place, Casper looked well set to maintain his podium run before contact at the final corner resulted in a spin that dropped him to the back of the field. He would eventually recover to 14th at the finish.
 


Will would end the race second on the road but fell foul of track limits and picked up a five second penalty that dropped him to fourth place on the results, with Ethan in a strong seventh after a storming start to the race that saw rocket up into the top six on the opening lap.
 


James would lose out as a result of contact in the midfield, which prevented him from making the most of the pace in his car as he crossed the line in eleventh.
 


At the end of the weekend, Will sits third in the championship standings, with Casper in fourth, James seventh and Ethan eighth. Richardson Racing now leads the teams championship heading to Thruxton in two weeks time.
 


Will Martin, #10 (Battle, East Sussex), said:



“It was a bit of a mixed weekend. We were able to ace Saturday, and to get pole, two wins and make it five wins in a row was fantastic.



"Sunday was a bit more difficult but that just shows how tough it can be when you are racing in the pack because of how close everything is. We were able to make progress and scored some good points, even though it’s a shame that the penalty in the final race cost me a podium.
 


“I’m confident going to Thruxton for the next round as we were quick there earlier in the season, and hopefully we can pick up some strong results to maintain out title challenge.”






 

 

Casper Stevenson, #25 (London), said:



“I wasn’t sure what to expect from Snetterton because I didn’t think the layout of the circuit would be that well suited to my driving style, so to come away from the weekend with three podiums is really good.
 


“Up until this weekend, I’d not managed to finish higher than third overall, so to come away from Snetterton with a pair of second places is something I’m really pleased about, and it was also good that we qualified well at a circuit where it can be a bit of a lottery with the tow.
 


“I’ve picked up a good haul of points and I’m now looking forward to going back to Thruxton next time out. I got my first podium there earlier in the season and hopefully this time, I can push for my first win.”





 

 


   
Ethan Hawkey, #40 (Chislehurst, Kent), said:



“It’s been a good first weekend with the team. We were right on the pace in testing last week and we’ve picked up some solid results across the race weekend, even though it’s been tricky at times racing in the pack. The pace has been good and in the final race in particular, I think we showed what we are capable of.
 


“I’m really happy with how things have gone with the team and when we head for Thruxton, I’m looking to push for the podium places as that is where we should be.”





 

 


James Taylor, #66 (Rotherham, Yorkshire), said:



“It’s been a tough weekend in terms of the results, but I’m happy with where we are with the car leaving Snetterton as we have got on a top of a few issues we’ve had. The way that the car was in the final race gives me a lot more confidence but from where we qualified, it was always going to be tough and we got bashed about quite a lot.
 


“I’ve had a tough run of form in recent rounds but with the improvements we’ve made to the car, I’m hopeful that we can head for Thruxton and try to fight for the kind of results we showed earlier in the year.”





 Matt Salisbury - photos Jakob Ebrey



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