EXCITING RACING AND GREAT RESULTS FOR JIM RICHARDS AT THE AGP.
16 MARCH 2015
Jim Richards enjoyed a very successful run at Australian Grand Prix meeting competing in the three races for the Group A and Group C Heritage Touring cars in the Nissan Skyline HR31 that carried him to a Touring Car Championship win in 1990.
The 2.0 litre turbocharged six cylinder car ,which is maintained by Gibson Motor Sport ,was the quickest car in the 45 car field during practice and scored pole position by two seconds over the ex Mark Gibbs GIO R32 Nissan Skyline “Godzilla” of Terry Lawlor.
In the first eight lap race Richards and Lawlor had a great battle despite the fact that the heavier R32 had more horsepower and the pair left the rest of the field in their wake with Richards going onto win by just a quarter of a second.
Richards was delighted with the performance of the car and admitted that he was keeping the revs down to 7800 instead of 8500 that the Nissan team ran back in the cars championship campaign.
“It was fantastic to be back in the car and it bought back some very fond memories of our championship year”. said Richards.
The second eight lap race saw a continuation of the first race battle but this time Lawlor held on to win by just two tenths of a second and obviously there was nothing between the two cars as they crossed the line.
So going into the final eight lap race it was going to be a case of winner take all and neither driver was going to give in without a fight.
The race proved to be just as exciting as the first two with nothing between the totally dissimilar cars but in the end the greater power of the four wheel drive twin turbocharged R32 was too much to overcome and Lawlor went on to win by just half a second in a well deserved victory.
“It was great fun dicing with Terry and while both of us were very conscious of the heritage value of the cars we were trying hard without risking any damage”. said the four time Touring Car champion.
In a new development for the 2015 season Richards was delighted to welcome on board a new subsidiary sponsor in Leatherman who are famous worldwide for their range of stainless steel multi tools.
“The association commenced with the Clipsal 500 meeting and will continue for the season on both the AMC Javelin Touring Car Masters car and the tarmac rally Porsche Cayman S so I’m very pleased to welcome them aboard to join our major sponsors Shannons and Adrenalin”. said Richards.
The next event on the calendar for Richards will be the second round of the Touring Car Masters at Symmons Plains from the 27th to the 29th of March.
“I’m looking forward to this meeting as it will be my first time at the circuit in a TCM round plus I’m really keen to see how the Shannons Javelin performs on what is a much different circuit to Adelaide”. said the seven time Bathurst winner.
This will be the first time the TCM cars have competed at the 2.4 kilometre circuit since 2010 so it will be a new learning experience for most of the field.
Round one winner and former Tasmanian Andrew Miedecke will be keen to carry over his good form from Adelaide but he faces some tough opposition from local Greg Crick in his V8 Charger plus the likes of former champions John Bowe and Gavin Bullas in their Mustangs and the two door Falcons of Eddie Abelnica and Keith Kassulke.