Jim Richards (racing driver)

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Jim Richards (born 2 September 1947) is a New Zealand racing driver who won numerous championships in his home country and in Australia.wikipedia
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He is the father of racing driver Steven Richards, and between them they have achieved 12 Bathurst 1000 wins, most recently in 2018.
Richards, the son of seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards, is himself a five-time Bathurst 1000 winner, having won the event in 1998, 1999, 2013, 2015 and 2018.

1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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Together he and Jim took it to the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 for its first race.
New Zealand drivers Jim Richards and Rod Coppins finished third, five laps down in another Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34.

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In 1971 he was regularly battling with Robbie Francevic in the Team McMillan Ford Falcon GT-HO.
Despite the speed he had shown in the NZ series, and that the Volvo's were winning races in the European Touring Car Championship, Francevic shocked the established stars Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Jim Richards by winning the third round of the ATCC at Symmons Plains in Tasmania before going on to dominate the final round at Oran Park in Sydney.

1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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Upon returning home to Melbourne, Brock suggested Richards for the job of his co-driver for that years Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst.
The race was won by Peter Brock, his third win, and Sports Sedan racer Jim Richards, his first.

1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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The following year, in 1979 the pair had an even more dominant win, with a record-breaking six-lap margin to their nearest rivals.
Peter Brock and Jim Richards won their second successive Bathurst 1000 driving a Holden Dealer Team A9X SS Hatchback Torana.

Pukekohe Park Raceway

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The rally ended with a tarmac stage at Pukekohe, where Richards was back on very familiar territory.
For many years Pukekohe was the venue for New Zealand's premier production car race, the Benson and Hedges 500 mile race (later 1000 km) featuring drivers such as Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Jim Richards.

1980 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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For the 1980 race, Brock was now leader of the Holden Dealer Team, in the first year of the new Holden Commodore.
Peter Brock and Jim Richards won their third consecutive Bathurst 1000 debuting the Holden Commodore for the Holden Dealer Team.

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Then in 1978 Richards began a successful stint at the Holden Dealer Team as Peter Brock's co-driver at Bathurst, netting Richards three Bathurst 1000 titles in a row.
His 1979 win was remarkable in that he and co-driver Jim Richards claimed victory by six laps, a record that, due to changes in race regulations introduced in the mid- to late 1980s, most notably the introduction of the Safety Car in 1987, may never be broken, and broke the circuit lap record for touring cars on the 163rd and final lap of the race (the record would stand until Brock himself broke it in 1982).

Bathurst 1000

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He was inducted into the New Zealand Motor-racing Hall of Fame in 1994 After a record number of starts and seven victories in the Bathurst 1000, and four Australian Touring Car Championships, Richards was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Australian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Despite determined driving from Jim Richards and Wayne Negus, The Goss/Bartlett car was able to gain a slight lead as the Torana challenge faded amidst oil smoke and torrential rain.

1977 Australian Touring Car Championship

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With the Mustang now obsolete, and Sidchrome's sponsorship ended, Richards moved across to the Australian Touring Car Championship.

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Allan Grice had bought the Corvair from Gardner who had retired. Skaife then put the GT-R on pole position at the 1991 Bathurst, before he and Richards cruised to victory in race record time, a lap ahead of the Holden Commodore of defending race winners Win Percy and Allan Grice.
Grice also finished fourth with open wheel star Alfredo Costanzo in the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, though he was some nine laps behind the winning HDT Torana of Peter Brock and Jim Richards, with the Craven Mild Torana hatchback, like the rest of the field, not posing a serious threat to Brock.

Frank Gardner (racing driver)

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Wins were less frequent, however, the late-season arrival of Frank Gardner’s all-conquering Chevrolet Corvair helped to limit his opposition getting too many points. In February 1982, Richards was hired by Frank Gardner, team manager of the new JPS Team BMW, as the teams lead driver to drive the BMW 635 CSi.
Gardner's last competitive drive was to be as co-driver with JPS Team lead driver Jim Richards in the team's Group C spec BMW 635 CSi in the 1983 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst.

1985 Australian Touring Car Championship

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Richards easily won the 1985 Australian Touring Car Championship getting on the podium in 9 of the 10 rounds, and winning 7 of them.
Triple Bathurst winner Jim Richards won his and BMW's first Australian Touring Car Championship driving a 3.5 litre 6 cyl BMW 635 CSi entered by JPS Team BMW.

1979 Australian Sports Sedan Championship

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The following year mechanical unreliability meant he finished a distant second to Grice's Corvair.

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At the end of the year he was invited by Dick Johnson to drive his Torana XU1 in the Brisbane round of the Touring Car series, getting his first Touring Car victory.

JPS Team BMW

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In February 1982, Richards was hired by Frank Gardner, team manager of the new JPS Team BMW, as the teams lead driver to drive the BMW 635 CSi.
Gardner then signed triple Bathurst 1000 winner, New Zealander Jim Richards, who would remain the teams lead driver until Gardner shut down operations at the end of 1987.

1990 Australian Touring Car Championship

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Driving for Nissan, Richards won his third ATCC in 1990 driving both the Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R and the mighty 4WD, twin-turbo R32 GT-R, affectionately known as "Godzilla".
The title was won by Jim Richards, his third Australian Touring Car Championship victory.

1992 Tooheys 1000

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Richards finished second to Skaife in the 1992 ATCC, before the pair then won their second straight Bathurst 1000 in a crash-shortened race which saw Richards crash the GT-R in a downpour on lap 145.
The race was won for the second year in a row by Jim Richards and Mark Skaife driving a Gibson Motor Sport prepared Nissan Skyline GT-R, the pair becoming the first back to back Bathurst winners since Peter Brock and Larry Perkins had won in 1983 and 1984.

1991 Australian Touring Car Championship

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He would repeat as champion in 1991, finishing the ATCC ahead of his young teammate Mark Skaife.
The title, which was the 32nd Australian Touring Car Championship, was contested over a nine-round series which began on 24 February 1991 at Sandown Raceway and ended on 11 August at Oran Park Raceway, The series was promoted as the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship and was won by Jim Richards driving a Nissan Skyline GT-R.

1992 Australian Touring Car Championship

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Richards finished second to Skaife in the 1992 ATCC, before the pair then won their second straight Bathurst 1000 in a crash-shortened race which saw Richards crash the GT-R in a downpour on lap 145.
His team mate and defending series champion Jim Richards finished second, with BMW M3 driver Tony Longhurst finishing in third place.

1991 Tooheys 1000

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Skaife then put the GT-R on pole position at the 1991 Bathurst, before he and Richards cruised to victory in race record time, a lap ahead of the Holden Commodore of defending race winners Win Percy and Allan Grice.
Nissan driver Mark Skaife became the first driver since Peter Brock in 1983 to claim provisional pole position, pole position after the Top 10 runoff (with a then fastest touring car lap time of 2:12.63), the race win, as well as setting the races fastest lap, though his lap record in the race was set in the teams #2 GT-R and not the #1 he drove to victory with Jim Richards (Brock's race record lap of 1983 was also set in the team's second, #25 car, but that was the car he drove to victory with John Harvey and Larry Perkins).

1985 Australian Endurance Championship

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He also won the 1985 Australian Endurance Championship with four wins out of five.

1986 Australian Touring Car Championship

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In 1986 the dominance of the JPS team was overtaken as other teams developed their cars.
Peter Brock won round 6 at Surfers Paradise in his new for 1986 Holden VK Commodore SS Group A (his last ATCC win until 1989 and the last race win by a Holden Commodore until his win in Round 1, Heat 1 of the 1992 ATCC) while defending champion Jim Richards could only manage one win in his JPS Team BMW 635 CSi, winning Round 9 at Winton.

1983 James Hardie 1000

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In the 1983 race the car was updated with new Group A engine components from Germany.

1985 Castrol 500

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He has also won the Sandown 500 in 1985 with Tony Longhurst in a BMW 635 CSi, and again in 1989 with Mark Skaife in a Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R.
The race was won by the JPS Team BMW 635 CSi of Australian Touring Car Champion Jim Richards, and his co-driver Tony Longhurst.