Richards returns to TCM field at Sandown

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Tuesday 12th September, 2017 - 4:07pm

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Jim Richards in his last TCM start at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway

Jim Richards will be back on the Touring Car Masters grid for Round 5 at Sandown after missing the most recent round due to the Silverstone Classic.

Richards was absent from Queensland Raceway in late-July when he raced one of the famous Group C JPS BMW 635i machines at the English historics event.

He will again line up in his 1963 Falcon Sprint, which he also ran at Hidden Valley in mid-June.

Richards had also missed Round 2 at Winton as he regrouped from damage sustained in a major crash during Round 1 at Adelaide.

The 70-year-old last won a TCM race at Sandown last year, when the series ran on the Shannons Nationals program in April.

That victory is one of Richards’ nine TCM race wins at the Melbourne circuit amid four round wins and 20 race podiums from 25 starts.

He also won the Sandown 500 in 1985 and 1989.

Melinda Price is another back in the field this weekend, driving the 1974 XA Falcon GT in which she debuted at Winton in May.

Price made her first Sandown 500 start 20 years ago, driving the Castrol Cougars VS Commodore.

Terry Lawlor (1964 Ford Mustang coupe) and Wayne Mercer (1971 XY Falcon GTHO) also make their returns, the former after a rebuild due to his involvement in the same crash which Richards was caught up in at Adelaide.

John Bowe currently leads the ProMasters class and Adam Bressington ProAm.

Touring Car Masters supports the Wilson Security Sandown 500 on September 15-17.

Entry list: Round 5: Sandown International Motor Raceway

Car # Team/Sponsor Driver State Year Make Model
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint
3 Hercules Engines / Lucky’s Hotel Cameron Mason NSW 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback
4 Skye Sands Rusty French VIC 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback
6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford QLD 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
7 Wisely Motorsport Bob Wisely QLD 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
8 Lady Luck Racing Terry Lawlor NSW 1964 Ford Mustang Coupe
11 Vic Roads Custom Plates / Castrol Melinda Price VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XA GT
12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood TAS 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
17 WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fires Steve Johnson QLD 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback
18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe VIC 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale QLD 1972 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall QLD 1978 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback
48 Melbournes Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe
57 Graham Alexander Graham Alexander VIC 1968 Holden HT Monaro GTS
72 GFR Industries Geoff Fane QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS
74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer VIC 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO
77 Red Rock Winery / Werks Garage Rohan Little VIC 1974 Porsche 911 IROC
85 Whiteline Racing / King Springs Mark King QLD 1972 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski NSW 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am
95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Australia Adam Bressington NSW 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS