Richardson Motorsport took to the third round of the Golden Power Series over the weekend at the Eastern Lions Kart Club. Charlee was racing in the competitive KA4 Junior Heavy and Erin was racing in the Restricted Light category. Previously both had showed great signs at the opening two rounds at Rochester and the Goulburn Valley Kart Club.
Saturday morning was the starting point for both drivers. Erin headed out on circuit and set times inside the top twenty in her RB Kart Engines powered Rotax. Richardson hit the track for qualifying and showed improvement in times again, battling inside the top twenty looking to start further up the grid. The Global Pacific Solutions Group sponsored entry set a time fast enough for position nineteen, now looking to the heat races.
Erin got a great start in heat one, jumping up to position seventeen off the start. With multiple battles throughout the race, Richardson was able to come home in nineteenth position overall.
The Rb Kart Engines powered driver got another excellent start in heat two, jumping up to position sixteen. As the race went on Erin dropped a few spots in great battles coming home in position nineteen in the second heat.
Richardson in her Eaglehawk NewsXpress sponsored entry was out of position nineteen for the third heat and moved on the edge of the top fifteen. Erin had some great battles all race long and was able to come home in position nineteen overall.
Unfortunately, due to a stomach bug Richardson wasn’t able to undertake the final.
Father Leigh spoke of the improvement over the weekend with the team still doubting the parity in the Rotax. “Erin in her Rotax drove excellent all weekend but couldn’t keep it to the X30 pace but had some great battles”.
Charlee in the KA4 Junior Heavy class was struggling by her usual standards in the earlier practice session, after being on the podium at Rochester and around the top five at Goulburn Valley Kart Club. Richardson set the sixteenth fastest time in qualifying and had her work cut out for the weekend.
The RB Kart Engines powered driver had a fantastic opening heat making a great start and pushing towards the top ten. Charlee made her way into the top ten by race end and finished in position nine overall in a great heat one fight back.
Heat two was under damp conditions Sunday morning but that didn’t stop the Global Pacific Solutions Group backed entry. Charlee again moved her way towards the top ten, coming home just outside in position eleven.
Richardson was now out of position ten for heat three and continued her strong recovery moving forward and pushing inside the top ten. The Eaglehawk NewsXpress sponsored entry made her way just on the edge of the top five, in position six with great pace.
Richardson out of position nine in the final had strong pace but got pushed around three to four times in the race and crucial stages. Charlee was able to come home inside the top ten in position nine overall in a fighting drive.
Father Leigh said they struggled in practice and qualifying but it was a great fight back. “We really struggled Saturday morning and qualifying which made for a tough weekend. To Charlee’s credit she fought back all weekend and did a great job”.
Richardson Motorsport will look to the next round of the Golden Power Series at the Bendigo Kart Club in June.