Introducing Nick Richardson!

From Altrincham, just south of Manchester, I have been a fan of motorsport since I can remember, I have worked in marketing and sponsorship in motorsport for most of my career for organisations such as TOCA, Vic Lee Racing, Millers Oils, Just Marketing International, Hilton Hotels (sponsor of McLaren F1), British Rally Championship, Motorsport UK and H&H Auctions.

In 2015, I had the opportunity to start racing, and successfully completed and passed my ARDS and started to work on plans to go racing in 2016.

In 2016 I joined the BRSCC XR Challenge and secured extensive media support from Performance Ford magazine and website to cover my exploits in 2016 and 2017

Introducing Cooper Poole Racing!

Cooper Poole is a successful air conditioning company based in Cheshire ran by Steve Poole,

Steve entered the series several years ago and today Cooper Poole Racing is one of the top teams in the XR Challenge, running 4 XR2’s in total,

My teammates, Justin Roberts and Steve Poole are multiple race winners, and have finished 2nd and 3rd in the championship respectively, with Steve Clapton a regular podium finisher

Cooper Poole sponsors include – Cooper Poole Air Conditioning, RSC Body Centre, RJ Day Plastering, Performance Ford Magazine, LOOKOUT! and The Checkered Flag

I joined the team in January 2016,

My car (ex Ben Ward) will be running in team livery for the August visit to Oulton Park courtesy of team sponsor RSC Body Centre

From August 2016 – we welcome new sponsors – Performance Ford Magazine, The Checkered Flag and LOOKOUT! market research



The XR Challenge was born from the original Ford one make saloon car race championship which started in the very early eighties. When the next generation model superseded the MK2 Fiesta XR2, the series passed into a Club Championship format.

The request to run the Escort XR3i and the Fiesta Si 1800 and other classes followed and today the multi-class XR Challenge continues to be a successful one-make saloon car championships.

Ford Fiesta XR2 – Fiesta 1.6 XR2 CVH pre lean-burn carburettor model. The later “lean-burn” engine may be used in place of the earlier unit but must comply with these regulations.

My cars history

  • A 1989 edition
  • Originally raced by Simon Howard in 2008,
  • Then Stuart Wilcox bought it,
  • Who then sold it to Alex Hall,
  • When Alex ran it, none other than former Force India F1 driver James Calado
  • Who sold to previous owner Ben Ward in September 2012
  • Purchased from Ben in February 2016
  • Repainted to Cooper Poole Racing colours in June 2016

The BRSCC XR Challenge is the original Ford one make saloon car race championship.

The BRSCC XR Challenge is run to a strict Group N specification and is policed firmly to ensure that competitors comply with the regulations. This has resulted in the XR Challenge being another of the successful one-make saloon car championships run under the BRSCC calendar.

The majority of competitors traditionally hail from the north west of the country and this fact is reflected with a bias of choice of the more northern race circuits being used in the race calendar, but several new competitors are now travelling from further afield.

The BRSCC XR Challenge is considered to be one of the best and most cost effective ways for any budding or experienced driver to go out and enjoy hard but fair racing. The friendship within the paddock is very real and warm.



1 & 2

28th March

Oulton Park


3 & 4

7th May

Oulton Park


5, 6 & 7

28th & 29th May



8 & 9

6th August

Oulton Park


10, 11 & 12

24th & 25th September



13 & 14

8th October

Oulton Park