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13 September 2010

The Touring Car Masters presented by Autobarn driver, Jim Richards has been voted Australia's best ever touring car driver - ahead of Peter Brock.
In a recent public poll of more than 6400 people on Australia's leading motorsport website, Speedcafe.com.au, Richards was a clear winner in the search to find the country's best ever touring car driver. 
Securing approximately a third of the total votes, Richards was nominated well ahead of any other driver, including household name, the late Peter Brock.
With his trademark modesty, Richards was flattered by the poll results, but played down his worthiness.
In the course of his phenomenal racing career Richards has amassed seven Bathurst 1000 wins (3x times with Brock), four Australian Touring Car Championships, and enjoyed success in Sports Sedans, Super Tourers, Porsches and Tarmac Rally, including eight Targa Tasmania wins.
With no signs of slowing, 63-year-old Gentleman Jim is still winning races.
Currently a frontrunner in the Touring Car Masters series, Richards has led the championship standings twice this season and is well in the hunt to add another title to his already impressive list of achievements.
"It's very flattering, but it's very hard to compare drivers through all the eras.
"It's very hard to compare Pete Geoghegan's antics in the Mustang in the '60's, and me in the BMW GTR's, and current drivers in the V8 Supercars.
"I suppose the longer you've been around racing and the longer you've been successful, then I suppose your name is at the forefront of people's minds.
"All of the drivers that were included in the votes were really very competent drivers, so it's very nice to be recognised."
For full details of the Speedcafe poll and extended Richards interview visit: http://www.speedcafe.com.au/2010/09/08/jim-richards-is-he-the-australias-best-driver/

The Touring Car Masters is proudly presented by Autobarn, and supported by Biante Model Cars, Shannons Insurance, Rare Spares and official suppliers Hoosier Tires and Australian Sports Marketing.

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