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less so­phis­ti­cated 325i set-up – and a 10bhp en­gine up­grade. On the sweep­ing Gold Coast track, Richards was in his el­e­ment and won again.

BMW’s ti­tle hopes were bat­tered at Sandown when Richards’ en­gine failed on the last lap – he’d been forced over a curb at the start, which bent the al­loy sump and dam­aged the oil pick-up – but a sear­ing JPS BMW 1-2 at Ama­roo cre­ated a fi­nal-round ti­tle show­down with Glenn Se­ton at Oran Park.

“If Glenn beat me he won the cham­pi­onship, and if I beat him I won the cham­pi­onship,” Jim re­mem­bers with a grin.

“Af­ter the first lap we were down in fifth be­cause I’d been along­side Larry and he just pushed me off the track and I had to come back. Ge­orge (Fury) and Glenn bolted, then half­way through the race it started to sprin­kle with rain and I was go­ing a lot faster than them. I caught them up and passed Ge­orge, then I ran into Glenn to pass him, but not de­lib­er­ately; down at turn two he locked up and went side­ways, so I just nipped in there and he caught it up and we came to­gether. I hit him just be­hind the front door. I car­ried on; it bent the steer­ing a lit­tle bit I think, but bug­ger-all. Glenn popped a turbo any­way.”

And so Jim Richards was crowned for the se­cond time in three years as tour­ing car cham­pion for JPS Team BMW. The lit­tle M3 re­ally was a gi­antkiller.

Lake­side Ama­roo Park Oran Park

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