Steven Richards

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Steven Richards
Steve Richards.jpg
Nationality  New Zealander
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 888
Current team Triple Eight Race Engineering
Series Championships 0
Races 190
Round Wins 7
Podium finishes 28
Race Wins 8
Pole positions 3
2013 Championship position 31st (684 pts)

Steven Richards (born 11 July 1972 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand racing driver, currently competing in the Australian Carrera Cup Championship and a Pirtek Endurance Cup driver for Triple Eight Race Engineering for the three endurance races. He previously raced in the V8 Supercar series for Ford Performance Racing.

He is the son of seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards and is a three-time Bathurst winner himself, having won the event in 1998, 1999 and 2013. On 4 October 1998, Steven finished second, only two seconds behind dad Jim in the AMP Bathurst 1000 run for Super Touring Cars, and two months later on 15 November he won the FAI 1000 for V8 Supercars with Jason Bright. He is one of only four drivers to win Bathurst in both a Ford and a Holden (the others are Craig Lowndes, Tony Longhurst and Jamie Whincup).

Richards was also the winner of the inaugural Bathurst 24 Hour race in 2002 driving a Holden Monaro for Garry Rogers Motorsport. Richards won the race alongside Garth Tander, Cameron McConville and Nathan Pretty. Driving the same car in the 2003 race, the same quartet finished in second place, less than a second behind their team mates Greg Murphy, Todd Kelly, Jason Bright, and Peter Brock. It was Brock who his father Jim had partnered to win the first three of his seven Bathurst 1000 wins, in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Nicknamed Richo, he has previously raced for Jack Daniel's Racing, Ford Tickford Racing, and Gibson Motor Sport in V8 Supercars, as well as driving V8's, Super Tourer's, AUSCAR for Garry Rogers. This led him to driving a variety of cars, including various model Holden Commodore's and Ford Falcon's, as well as a Nissan Primera and Alfa Romeo 155 TS.

Thanks to his successes in both Fords and Holdens, Richards remains popular among fans of both brands. He signed with Ford Performance Racing for the 2007 season, a homecoming of sorts as he raced for this team under its Ford Tickford Racing banner.

Before taking up motor racing full-time, Richards served his apprenticeship as an aircraft engineer.

Career results[edit]

The Ford Performance Racing entered Ford FG Falcon of Steven Richards on the grid for the Saturday leg of the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Richards placed fourth in the 2013 Australian Carrera Cup Championship
Season Series Position Car Team
1992 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 7th Van Diemen RF91 Ford Steven Richards
1993 Australian Formula Ford Championship 5th Van Diemen RF93 Ford Team Valvoline / Garry Rogers
1994 Australian Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF94 Ford Garry Rogers Motorsport
1995 Australian Super Touring Championship 9th Alfa Romeo 155 TS Garry Rogers Motorsport
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 12th Holden VR Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
1996 Australian Super Touring Championship 5th Honda Accord
Alfa Romeo 155 TS
Garry Rogers Motorsport
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 12th Holden VS Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
1997 Australian Super Touring Championship 7th Nissan Primera
Honda Accord
Garry Rogers Motorsport
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 18th Holden VS Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
1999 Shell Championship Series 7th Holden VT Commodore Gibson Motor Sport
2000 Shell Championship Series 9th Holden VT Commodore Gibson Motor Sport
2001 Shell Championship Series 12th Ford AU Falcon Ford Tickford Racing
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 6th Holden VX Commodore Perkins Engineering
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 6th Holden VX Commodore
Holden VY Commodore
Castrol Perkins Racing
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 5th Holden VY Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Holden VY Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Holden VZ Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 13th Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 15th Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2011 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 4th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup R Laser Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 36th Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2012 V8SuperTourer Championship 11th Ford FG Falcon John McIntyre Racing
2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 5th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup R Laser Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 38th Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2013 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 4th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Steven Richards Motorsport
2013 Australian GT Championship 33rd Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 M Motorsport
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 31st Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing

Bathurst 24 Hour results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
2002 1 1 427 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Garth Tander
Australia Nathan Pretty
Australia Cameron McConville
Holden Monaro 427C D 532
Chevrolet LS6 7.0L V8
2003 2 A 427 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Garth Tander
Australia Nathan Pretty
Australia Cameron McConville
Holden Monaro 427C D 527
Chevrolet LS6 7.0L V8

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Larry Perkins
Russell Ingall
Winner of the Bathurst Classic
1998
(with Jason Bright)
Succeeded by
Steven Richards
Greg Murphy
Preceded by
Rickard Rydell
Jim Richards
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1999
(with Greg Murphy)
Succeeded by
Garth Tander
Jason Bargwanna
Preceded by
Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2013
(with Mark Winterbottom)
Succeeded by
incumbent