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11 FEBRUARY 2013

Following the devastating crash at the final round of the Touring Car Masters championship at Sandown ,which caused extensive damage to the Shannons AMC Javelin ,the decision was made to start with a replacement shell rather than repair the damaged race car.

"The car was very badly damaged and when we assessed what would be required to repair the car it made more sense to start from scratch with a new shell and transfer all the components from the race car." said Richards.

Fortunately the cage was not damaged in the crash and that has been transferred to the new shell by cutting the roof of the donor car and dropping it in as a unit. The work is being carried out by Marty Brandt of Independent Race Cars who built the original race car shell.

IRC will effectively replicate the original car incorporating all the brackets and pick up points etc that took time to design and manufacture in the first place.

This will obviously reduce the construction time and Richards is anticipating the car will go to the paint shop by the beginning of March.

It will then be a case of transferring all the mechanical components to the new car which will still take considerable time.

"If everything goes according to plan I'm hoping that the Shannons Javelin Mark 2 will be ready to race at Darwin on the weekend of June 14 to 16". said Richards.

In the meantime Richards will campaign the trusty Falcon Sprint with the first round of the TCM to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the Top Gear Festival on March 9 and 10.

The other rounds will be held at Barbagello on May 3-5 , Queensland July 27-28, Sydney Motorsport Park August 1 and September 2 (Muscle Car Masters), Sandown September 13-15, Bathurst October 10-13 and Phillip Island November 23-24. In contrast to previous years the TCM championship will not kick off on the Clipsal 500 weekend.

In other news Richards has been very busy this month with Targa Wrest Point and last weekend attended the Shannons Show and Shine event at Gnoo Blas in NSW with the Porsche GT2RS rally car and the ex JPS BMW 635.

Gnoo Blas was the location of a famous race track that conducted the very first Touring Car Championship race in 1960 which was won by David McKay in a 3.4 litre Jaguar.

Tomorrow (Tuesday February 12) Richards will be at Sandown conducting a ride day for Adrenalin participants and guests from new sponsor Wacker Neuson while this coming weekend he will be in Shepparton for another Shannons Show and Shine event.

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