JIM RICHARDS WINS AWARDS AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC
Australian motorsport legend, Jim Richards, won a couple awards at Silverstone with one of his iconic Touring Cars over the weekend.
The four-time Australian Touring Car Champion took the British Grand Prix venue as part of the Silverstone Classic in his Group C JPS BMW 635CSi as it raced during the 1983 and 1984 championships.
Despite not having any experience on the current Silverstone layout, and racing against Group A and late-model Super Touring Cars, Richards finished a respectable 20th and 24th in the two races. Also taking home the ‘Best Presented’ and ‘Car of the Meeting’ awards in the process.
The car was purchased by collector Peter Sturgeon in the early 2000s, and restored back to Group C spec. Before Sturgeon reunited the car with Richards to race it in historical events around Australia and New Zealand.
“The car has gone through a complete metamorphosis, you could say,” said Richards.
“It started out as a Group C that I drove in 1983 and 1984, and then it was turned into a Group A car. Many, many years later it was turned back into a Group C car, and we’re racing it around Australia and New Zealand.
“Now we’ve had this chance to race it at Silverstone, which is fantastic.
“It’s terrific to be able to take it overseas. Group C was only an Australian class, it wasn’t international like Group A, so to demonstrate it to the fans at Silverstone was a brilliant opportunity.
“A lot of fans have never seen these cars in action before, especially in England. It was exciting to make this weekend a ‘first’ for a lot of people.”
Richards enjoyed the international experience at the Silverstone Classic.
“I was absolutely amazed at how much the British race fans knew about Australian motorsport. Everything that’s happened in Australia, they knew about. They knew everything about what I’ve done in my career, I was really blown away.” Richard’ continued.
“We had more people visit our pit than anyone. The organisers of the event gave us the ‘Best Presented’ and ‘Car of the Meeting’, which was just fantastic. That’s what it’s about.”
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Date posted: August 1, 2017