Aussie ace Richards gets UK Sierra run

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

Jim Richards, Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful tour­ing car racer, will com­pete at the Sil­ver­stone Classic next July.

‘Gen­tle­man’ Jim will race the Eggen­berger-run Bas­tos Ford Sierra RS500, raced to vic­tory in the 1989 Spa 24-hour race by Win Percy, Gian­franco Bran­catelli and Bernd Sch­nei­der. They even­tu­ally won the race by eight laps when the lead­ing BMW M3s fal­tered.

Richards will be a month short of his 70th birth­day when he races the car now owned by New Zealan­der Peter Stur­geon. Kiwi Richards was a four-time Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car cham­pion and won the Bathurst 1000 seven times.

It is hoped that Bran­catelli will take the car over for the Oul­ton Park Gold Cup.

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