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RICHARDS ON TRACK FOR BMW
Jim Richards will be patron at Phillip Island Classic Festival of
Motorsport this year during BMW’s 100 year anniversary celebrations
One of Australia’s most versatile and decorated
racing drivers – seven times Bathurst and eight
time Targa Tasmania winner, former NASCAR, GT
and TCM champion, Jim Richards, will be patron
at the 27th Phillip Island Festival of Motorsport
from March 11-13, 2016.
The popular New Zealander expat, who has called
Australia home for more than 40 years, will mark
the occasion in company with the Team JPS
BMWs that brought him the first two of his four
Australian Touring Car Championships in 1985
Significantly, Richards’ patronage coincides with
BMW’s 100th Birthday celebrations worldwide,
which will kick off in Australia at the Phillip
Island Classic with a major display of old and new
road and racing models by the BMW Car Club of
Richards will race an ex-team JPS BMW 635
coupe now owned by New Zealand enthusiast
Peter Sturgeon in the Group C and A races at the
Phillip Island Classic. The BMW has been
painstakingly restored to the same Group C spec
that Richards raced it in 1983 and 1984.
Richards will also bring his
own ex-Team JPS BMW M3
to the meeting – a car he
drove in the early rounds of
the 1987 ATCC on his way to win his second title
while Shannons may also display the ex-Neville
Crichton BMW 635 JPS Team car that Richards
also owns, but never actually raced in the period.
“Those years racing the JPS BMWs with the late
Frank Gardner are very special to me,” Richards
“While I had already won Bathurst three times
with Peter Brock, driving for Frank Gardner’s JPS
Team from 1984-1987 was the turning point of
“I was the lead driver of my own team and won
two Australian Touring Car Championships,”
A number of other well-known racing BMWs are
expected to join Richards on track in March,
including the 635 Coupe that he drove to win his
The 2016 meeting is shaping up to be one of
the best on record, with more than 400 entries
expected by the New Year.
Significantly, around 30 of these are Touring Cars
of the 1970s and 1980s in the combined Group
C and A races on the program that will include a
feature 10-lap race on the Saturday of the
Another 30 or more cars are again expected to
come to the Classic from overseas, including from
the USA, Britain, Europe and New Zealand.
They will include at least three Historic 1970s
and 1980s F1 cars from the UK, plus a number
of Formula 5000 racing cars from the UK and
As in previous years, the meeting is being staged
by the Victorian Historic Racing Register with
continued support from Penrite, Shannons and
CoolDrive and Repco.
For further information visit www.vhrr.com
or call 03 9877 2317.
MAVTV and Lucas Oil's newly launched worldwide
app, LucasOilRacingTV, is expanding coverage of
stock car racing in 2016 with the addition of six
Super Cup Stock Car Series (SCSCS) events.
SCSCS is a reformulation of the old Late Model
Hooters Cup Series that made a 2008 format
change. Now in its ninth season, SCSCS teams
campaign steel-bodied, 600hp, V8 Chevrolets and
Fords on quarter and half-mile asphalt tracks
across the Midwest.
MAVTV coverage includes the SCSCS series
opener from Columbus Motor Speedway in
Columbus, OH, on Saturday, June 18; followed by
a doubleheader (Rounds two and three) on July 9
from Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, PA,
before revisiting Jennerstown Speedway on
August 27 (Rounds four and five).
The SCSCS season points finale will be held at
Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, PA, on
Saturday, September 17. Each MAVTV/SCSCS
show will be 30 minutes long, air dates and times
will be announced at a later date.
"I am excited to be part of the
MAVTV family in 2016,
Competition, Joe Schmaling
"SCSCS is "Racin' the way it
used to be.' We put on a great show for the fans
and we know TV viewers are going to love it.”
Each telecast will be produced by Sopwith
Motorsports Television Productions of
"Bringing entertainment such as SCSCS to grass
roots racing fans is what we are all about,"
Program Director of MAVTV/LucasOilRacingTV,
Jason Patison said.
"Stock cars in all their forms have continued to
evolve through the years, but SCSCS is pure,
affordable, old-school racing and they put on a
thrilling show every time."
With programming such as the Lucas Oil Chili
Bowl, Lucas Oil Drag Boats, Lucas Oil Off Road
Racing, Late Model Dirt, Lucas Oil Modified,
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, the FIA World Rally
Championship and Pirelli World Challenge,
MAVTV has become the go to place for
MAVTV is currently available on DirectTV,
Comcast, Google Fiber, Time Warner Cable,
Verizon and Charter, along with many others.
The app is in the process of rolling out on
smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. It is
currently in development for Amazon Fire TV,
Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, Android TV, Android
Tablets, Apple iPads and Roku. Subscriptions are
$4.99 per month with a one-year agreement, or
$6.99 per month for a pay-as -you-go plan.
Sign-ups are available now on: www.lucasoil.com and for
further information, visit
www.supercupstockcarseries.com and www.mavtv.com
LUCAS OIL RACING TV
Huge rollout of events and viewing options rolled out in 2016
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