After a brief spell in Canada ice-racing and the odd skirmish in sports GT, Richard has had a long and successful race career spanning 1967 – 2002, predominantly in Formula Ford. In 1978 he joined Alain de Cadenet’s Le Mans project before opening the Aintree Motor Racing School, expanding to Kirkistown in 1983, coaching Eddie Irvine in his first season of racing. From 1987-1990 Richard competed in Historic Formula One achieving class and overall wins initially in a Tyrrell 010 and subsequently joining Don Wood’s Source Racing Team with drives in a March 811 and Surtees TS9B. His final race was in the South Africa National Championship at Kyalami.
Richard was a founder member of the Association of Racing Driver Schools (ARDS) which carry out race licence courses for seniors and juniors, specialist training and licence and regulate instructors. He represents ARDS on the Safety Committee of Motorsport UK.
In 1995 Richard created Anglesey Circuit and moved the race school operation to the venue. The facility was up-graded in 1997 and secured track licences from the ACU and MSA (now MSUK) to run events. The over the winter of 2006-07 the circuit was completely reconfigured to Richard’s design, taking it to a 2.1 mile 12m wide circuit using none of the original layout. In 2012 he added the pit complex with purpose built race control and garages to take it to the next level.
Although Richard has stepped back from his role as Operations Director he still mentors the circuit in his capacity of Non-Executive Director of Trac Mon Limited.