Richards to race TCM title winning Falcon

Jim Richards will jump back behind the wheel of his Touring Car Masters Ford Falcon Sprint

Jim Richards will jump back behind the wheel of his Touring Car Masters Ford Falcon Sprint

Jim Richards will pilot an upgraded version of his title winning Ford Falcon Sprint in the Touring Car Masters at the Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint next weekend.

The four-time Australian touring car champion has brought the Falcon out of retirement while his AMC Javelin is undergoing repairs and maintenance.

The Falcon Sprint that guided Richards to two Touring Car Masters crowns in 2010 and 2013 has now been fitted with a 302-cubic inch Ford V8 engine alongside other developmental components.

Richards is set to campaign the Falcon for the remainder of the Touring Car Masters campaign.

“It is very popular and every round I have people coming up to me and asking ‘when is the Sprint coming back,” said Richards.

“We’ve gone up to a 302 from the 289 and the car has had a complete rebuild – the gearbox, diff and we’ve been through basically every nut and bolt. It’s good to go.

“We could have raced the Javelin, but the Sprint was good to go so we’ll run that and the intention is to run it for the rest of the year.”

Following a raft of upgrades, Richards is confident the Falcon will be competitive at Queensland Raceway.

“It will be quicker but it will still be a big ask to go against the Torana’s,” Richards added.

“As well as the engine, I’ve been allowed to add a front spoiler and a small rear wing which should make a difference – and the car actually looks really nice.

“I’m not worried about winning – as long as the car is competitive I’ll be happy.”

Richards will be part of a strong 26-car grid contesting the Rare Spares Ipswich Tourist Trophy round next weekend.

John Bowe (Holden Torana) leads the series standings with a nine point lead over Steven Johnson (Ford Falcon XY GTHO).

Touring Car Masters Entry List Queensland Raceway

No Sponsor Name Name Surname State Year Make Model
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint
4 Skye Sands Rusty French VIC 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback
7 Werks Garage / Red Rock Winery Rohan Little VIC 1974 Porsche 911 RS IROC
8 Sportsmed SA Greg Keene SA 1974 Porsche 911 RS IROC
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO
12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood TAS 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000
13 Mark Poole Motorsport Rory O’Neill SA 1974 Porsche 911 RS IROC
17 Synergy Race Engines Steve Johnson QLD 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO
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
21 Giraffe Civil Contracting Greg Garwood TAS 1972 Ford Capri Perana
22 Aussie Muscle Car Run / PRT Fabrication Graham Stewart SA 1972 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
25 Angliss Meats Brett Curran QLD 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
30 Thunder Road Racing Team Australia Glenn Seton QLD 1964 Ford Mustang Coupe
35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall QLD 1978 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1969 Ford Boss Mustang
48 Brisbane’s Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe
52 Outbound Racing / Keith Kassulke QLD 1973 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe
57 Corio Auto Parts Graham Alexander VIC 1969 Holden HT Monaro
65 Cannon Trailers Michael (Blu) Cannon QLD 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO
68 Trans Am Race Engineering Grant Wilson QLD 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS
85 Whiteline Racing / King Springs Mark King QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski NSW 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am
90 Werks Garage / Kalus Kenny Iterlex Sven Burchartz VIC 1974 Porsche 911 RS IROC
95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Australia Adam Bressington NSW

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