Richardson feeling positive after victory
Oliver Richardson feels it is ‘a big year’ for him, as he competes in his first ever Super One MSA British Karting Championship, in the junior TKM class.
And the 15-year-old is showing why early on, with two podium finishes – including a taste of victory in his second outing – from the opening two rounds of the national competition.
He currently lies in second overall after finishing third at the first round at Larkhall before winning the event at Clay Pigeon Circuit during the first weekend in June.
Richardson will again compete this weekend, at the Rowrah Circuit in Cumbria, as he looks to build on the success of his first two appearances in the championship.
The Thurston Community College student is ambitious, as he hopes this will be the start of a motorsport career – as he looks to four-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton for motivation.
“He’s a big inspiration,” Richardson said. “He came through the karting route and grew up without much money in an expensive sport. He showed you can make it to the top if you’re good enough, that’s what’s needed.
“And that’s where I want to go. The goal is to be a racing driver, I love speed and competing and just want to keep getting to race with bigger and bigger engines.”
The Thurston racer began at the Red Lodge Circuit after attending a birthday party at the site and loving it.
His parents enrolled him in the Young Starz training camp at the age of nine at the track, before competing locally.
Mum Deep said this is his first year competing in a national competition, following his success.
She said: “He won the championship at the club and has had to move up a level early because of how well he’s done.
“We weren’t sure what to expect from his first season but he’s doing so well.
“He’s very competitive and sporty as well, we’re just very proud.”
Richardson is competing as a privateer this season, but hopes to attract some sponsorship – particularly from a local business – to help fund an expensive passion.
Dad Stuart said it was an opportunity for a local business to invest and support in local talent.
Oliver added: “Coming into the year we weren’t sure how it would go – with no experience of this level of karting – but I think I’m competitive in it.”
l Elsewhere, Matt Parry was finally rewarded with his first points of this year's Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup campaign in the Paul Richard 6 Hours in the south of France.
The Bury St Edmunds-raised Welsh ace, along with team-mates Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe, took seventh place, before being elevated up to fifth due to post-race time penalties being applied to two cars ahead of them.