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V8 stars to honour Richards at memorial

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Friday 6th January, 2012 - 1:00am

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Jason Richards

Jason Richards

A star-studded guest list will come together at Sandown Raceway to celebrate the life of Jason Richards.

Richards, who passed away last month after a short battle with an aggressive form of cancer, will be honoured this Monday (January 9) with a public memorial service.

The service will be hosted by Seven Network sports reporter Mark Beretta, and will feature guest speeches from Dave Richards (Jason’s father), motorsport chaplain Garry Coleman, close friends Paul Dumbrell and Cameron McConville, among other speakers.

Leading V8 Supercars drivers of the past and present have confirmed that they will attend the Sandown memorial, including Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, John Bowe, Paul Dumbrell, Garth Tander, Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard, Andrew Jones and Steve Richards.

Professional golfer and close friend Richard Green will also attend.

Jason Richards with his wife Charlotte

Jason Richards with his wife Charlotte

Special Jason Richards merchandise will be available on the day, plus a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to the Richards family.

It will be the second memorial service that Sandown has hosted for a fallen motor racing hero. In September 2006, Sandown was the venue for a public memorial for the late Peter Brock.

Sandown Raceway manager Wade Calderwood says that he would like to see a similar vibe at Richards’ service.

“The theme of the day will be very similar for the Peter Brock Memorial,” Calderwood told Speedcafe.com.

“We see it as more of a celebration. We want to celebrate the way he lived his life, and this is a way for us to pay tribute to that.

“Given that there has been a lot of outpouring of emotion on various websites, I’m expecting a good crowd to commemorate with us on Monday.”

The memorial service will start at 3pm.

Important things for the public to note are:

Parking: In the Members & Public external carparks

Entry: Via the Main Gate turnstiles (Gate 2), not the motorsport end. Gold coin to be donated to the Richards’ family trust.

Memorial: Grandstand seating area in the middle of the grandstand, overlooking the Mounting Yard

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