Richards’ Commodore restored and ready for track return
ONE of the late Jason Richards’ former V8 Supercars has been restored and is returning to the track in Round 4 of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Queensland Raceway next weekend on August 11-12.
Richards’ 2003 Team Dynamik Commodore – which he famously rolled at Pukekohe in New Zealand that season – has been restored by Adelaide-based THR Developments to its original #45 black, red and white livery and will return to racing in the hands of Queenslander Justin Garioch.
The Mackay-based driver has been racing a Falcon in the series for ex-V8 Supercars, though has decided to change cars and teams after a recent successful test in the ex-Richards car at Mallala in South Australia.
Garioch currently sits fifth in the series, which is led by Sydney young gun Josh Hunter.
Richards passed away from a rare form of cancer in December, prompting an out-pouring of emotion from the Australasian motorsport community.
The three-time Bathurst 1000 runner-up drove the car that Garioch will pilot during the majority of the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship for Team Dynamik.
It was driven by ex-F1 driver Jan Magnussen in that year’s Bathurst 1000 before being steered in the 2004 Bathurst race by then-rookie Will Davison.
Round 4 of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will be held next weekend as part of the Shannons Nationals event at Queensland Raceway.