Auckland memorial service to be held for JR

Australian friends and fans of Jason Richards had their opportunity to farewell Jason Richards at Sandown earlier this month

Australian friends and fans of Jason Richards had their opportunity to farewell Jason Richards at Sandown earlier this month

New Zealand mourners of the late Jason Richards will be able to pay their respects at a memorial service in Auckland on Waitangi Day (February 6).

Born in Nelson but based for much of his motor racing career in Australia, Richards, 35, died in Melbourne on Thursday December 15 2011 after a 14-month battle with a rare form of cancer (Adrenocortical Carcinoma).

Friends and fans of the V8 Supercars driver are being encouraged to attend the service.

Richards was farewelled in Australia at a private funeral in Melbourne before a public service was held at Sandown Raceway.

Dave and Pauline Richards will be joined at the service by Jason’s wife Charlotte and a number of speakers who have had long-standing links with Richards, including racing drivers Hamish Cross, John Crawford, Craig Baird, Angus Fogg and Greg Murphy, New Zealand motorsport personalities Greg Horne and Stephen Kennedy and Terry McEwen from Holden New Zealand.

The venue, the Giltrap Audi building, is at 150 Great North Road in Grey Lynn, Auckland.

The service will start at 1pm and is expected to conclude at around 3.30pm.

See below for a special video tribute to Jason Richards.

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