Steven Richards

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Steven Richards
Steve Richards.jpg
Nationality New Zealand New Zealander
Australia Australian
Born (1972-07-11) 11 July 1972 (age 44)
Auckland, New Zealand
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 888
Current team Triple Eight Race Engineering
Series championships 0
Races 446
Race wins 9
Podium finishes 57
Pole positions 6
2015 Championship position 31st (681 pts)

Steven James Richards[1] (born 11 July 1972 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand-Australian racing driver, currently competing in the Australian Carrera Cup Championship, the Australian GT Championship and as a Pirtek Enduro Cup driver for Triple Eight Race Engineering in V8 Supercars.

Richards, the son of seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards, is himself a four-time Bathurst 1000 winner, having won the event in 1998, 1999, 2013 and 2015. Colloquially known as 'Richo', he also won the Bathurst 24 Hour in 2002.

Career history[edit]

Early career[edit]

Richards' first major career success was winning the Australian Formula Ford Championship on his second attempt in 1994 for Garry Rogers Motorsport. In 1995, Richards made his debut in the Bathurst 1000, finishing fourth for Gibson Motorsport with Anders Olofsson.[1] Richards continued his association with Garry Rogers Motorsport in the years following, competing in the Australian Super Touring Championship from 1995 to 1997 driving an Alfa Romeo 155, Honda Accord and Nissan Primera and making his Australian Touring Car Championship debut for the team in 1996 in a Holden VR Commodore. Richards competed with his father Jim at the Bathurst 1000 in 1996 and 1997, finishing second in the latter. Richards continued with the team for 1998 before leaving to take up a testing role with Nissan in England.[2]

At the 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000 Richards finished second in a Nissan Primera, only two seconds behind his father Jim. A month later driving a Ford EL Falcon, he won the FAI 1000 with Jason Bright for Stone Brothers Racing.

In 1999 Richards took up a full-time drive with Gibson Motorsport in 1999, as a team-mate to Greg Murphy in a Holden VT Commodore. Richards finished seventh in the championship with the highlight being defending his Bathurst crown with Murphy. By winning his second Bathurst title in a Holden, he became the first driver to win the Bathurst 1000 in both a Ford and Holden, and remains the only driver to do so in consecutive years.[3] Richards continued with Gibson Motorsport in 2000, winning the inaugural Canberra 400 as well as a round at Calder Park Raceway.[2]

In 2001, Richards moved to Ford Tickford Racing. Richards finished 12th in the standings for the team in 2001. With Ford Tickford Racing scaling back to one car, Richards moved to Perkins Engineering in 2002. He continued with the team for five years, and achieved consistent championship finishes between fifth and seventh. Richards won two rounds for the team, both at the Perth 400 at Barbagallo Raceway.[2]

In 2007, Richards made another manufacturer switch, joining Ford Performance Racing. Richards started competitively for the team, with championship finishes of seventh and eighth, but dropped off in 2009 and 2010 with finishes of thirteenth and fifteenth. Richards was subsequently replaced by Will Davison for 2011, and finished his full-time career with a podium in the final race of the season at the Sydney 500. Richards' highlights for the team were winning the Skycity Triple Crown in 2008, and podium finishes at the 2007 Sandown 500 and 2009 Phillip Island 500 with Owen Kelly and Mark Winterbottom respectively. Richards and Winterbottom were leading the 2007 Bathurst 1000 late in the race before Winterbottom went off the track in wet conditions.[3]

Endurance co-driver[edit]

Following his full-time career ending, Richards became a highly sought-after co-driver for V8 Supercars' two endurance events, the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000. He decided to stay on with Ford Performance Racing, renewing his partnership with Winterbottom. In 2013, Richards and Winterbottom won the 2013 on their sixth attempt together. It was the first Bathurst victory for Winterbottom and the team, and Richards' first since 1999.

After his success in 2013, Richards was poached by Triple Eight Race Engineering to drive with Craig Lowndes from 2014 onwards in what had become known as the Pirtek Enduro Cup. The move brought Richards a fourth Bathurst victory in 2015.[4] In doing this Richards joined Lowndes, who along with Tony Longhurst and Jamie Whincup had matched the feat of winning in both a Ford and Holden since Richards had achieved it, as the only two drivers to win more than one Bathurst 1000 for both Ford and Holden.

Endurance racing[edit]

Richards won the inaugural Bathurst 24 Hour race in 2002 driving a Holden Monaro 427C 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.

Richards competed in the 2014 24 Hours of Spa with Roger Lago, David Russell and Steve Owen, driving a Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GT3. They did not finish the race.

Carrera Cup[edit]

Richards placed fourth in the 2013 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

After the conclusion of his full-time V8 Supercars career, Richards entered the Australian Carrera Cup Championship in 2011 in a team backed by Laser Plumbing & Electrical. Richards has consistently been a top five championship runner since joining the series. His highlight was in 2014 when he won the championship title and broke the stranglehold on the series held by Craig Baird. It was Richards' first championship title in twenty years.

Australian GT[edit]

In 2013 and 2014, Richards competed in selected events of the Australian GT Championship in a Lamborghini Gallardo alongside Justin McMillan. They finished fifth in the 2014 championship. Richards then made a one-off appearance in the 2015 season in a Chevrolet Camaro.

In 2016, Richards re-joined the series full-time, this time with his own team, Steven Richards Motorsport. The team became the factory-supported customer entrant for the new BMW M6 GT3 in Australia. The team also plans to contest the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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

Richards is married to Angela and has two children, Clayton and Priya.[1]

Career results[edit]

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 Motorsport
2000 Shell Championship Series 9th Holden VT Commodore Gibson Motorsport
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
Perkins Engineering
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 5th Holden VY Commodore Perkins Engineering
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Holden VY Commodore Perkins Engineering
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Holden VZ Commodore Perkins Engineering
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 Laser Racing
2013 Australian GT Championship 33rd Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 M Motorsport
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 31st Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2014 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 1st Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991 Laser Plumbing & Electrical
2014 Australian GT Championship 5th Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 Interlloy M Motorsport
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 31st Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2015 Australian GT Championship 43rd Chevrolet Camaro DPM Motorsport
2015 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 4th Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991 Laser Plumbing & Electrical
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 31st Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering

Bathurst 24 Hour results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Co-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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Steve Richards Motorsport". WesTrac. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4. 
  3. ^ a b Greenhalgh, David; Tuckey, Bill (2013). The official history of The Great Race Bathurst : 50 years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 9780980591231. 
  4. ^ "Lowndes scores sixth Bathurst 1000 victory". Speedcafe. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Richards to run new BMW Australian GT program". Speedcafe. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 

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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
Chaz Mostert
Paul Morris
Preceded by
Craig Baird
Winner of the Australian Carrera Cup Championship
2014
Succeeded by
Nick Foster
Preceded by
Chaz Mostert
Paul Morris
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2015
(with Craig Lowndes)
Succeeded by
incumbent