Aside from his Porsche Supercup career Richie is in demand from Sportscar and GT teams including Aston Martin Racing where he was reserve driver at the 2013 Le Mans. REAL were invited to produce a race seat insert for Richie which he will use in Brazil at Sao Paulo at the beginning of September in the GTE-Pro category for AMR in car #98 alongside Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana.
Vaughan Cartwright, MD of Real Equipe, commented; “As a fellow Kiwi it wasn’t going to be long before I was going to meet him in a paddock somewhere in Europe; and this happened at Le Mans when we were there supporting a number of teams including Aston Martin Racing. As soon as Richie knew he was going to drive in Brazil we were called in to make his race seat insert… as with all drivers it was quite an education as he learnt about the process of making a bespoke race seat insert – a professional race seat insert fitting takes time and simply can’t be rushed. We are proud to have produced an number of REAL race seat inserts for AMR and this one is no different – it has to be perfect as we accept nothing less.”
Career – Brief Summary:
Started racing motocross age 6
Competed in speedway oval racing aged 12-13yrs
Started karting at age 14
First season in Formula cars age 15
2008 Formula Ford New Zealand age 16
2009 Formula Ford Australia, Toyota Racing Series(NZ), ADAC Formel Masters(GER) age 17
2010 ADAC Formel Masters (GER) age 18
2011 German Formula 3 Championship age 19
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series age 20
Formula Car Stats: 52 Wins 92 Podiums 20 Pole Positions 37 Fastest Laps 36.62% Race Win Percentage
ASTON MARTIN RACING: Aston Martin Racing was founded in 2004 specifically to design, build and race production-based sports cars in events and championships around the world. The team’s first race was the opening round of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring in 2005, where it scored a spectacular GT1 class victory. 2012 saw the team finish 2nd in the inaugural 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship and it has its sights set firmly on winning the title in 2013.