Richards Labels Queensland Track "Mind Numbing" Jason Richards has lashed out at the venue holding the next round of the V8 Supercar Series - Queensland Raceway - saying it is in poor condition and labelling it "mind numbing". In 2005, the ...
Richards Labels Queensland Track "Mind Numbing"
Jason Richards has lashed out at the venue holding the next round of the V8 Supercar Series - Queensland Raceway - saying it is in poor condition and labelling it "mind numbing".
In 2005, the 30-year-old Kiwi survived a massive accident after tangling with rival Paul Morris.
His Holden Commodore hit an errant kerb which vaulted the car into a series of spectacular and frightening barrel rolls, Richards emerging from the battered wreck with only minor injuries.
"To be honest, I can't stand the place - it conjures up nothing but bad memories for me and I don't enjoy it," Richards said.
"The [track] designers did a poor job from the start. They had a blank sheet of paper and plenty of cash and came up with a paper clip.
"It's the most mind numbing track we drive and is seriously as painful as pulling teeth."
Richards said he believed the track was also not in great shape.
"Not only is Queensland Raceway a lousy design, but the track is deteriorating and getting lots of bumps in it - it's in generally poor shape," Richards said.
"You can't enjoy the circuit on any level. Even if you are having a bad day at Phillip Island or Oran Park you can enjoy the circuit, but not Queensland.
"I take my hat off to the local V8 teams for having the patience to test there as I wouldn't."
Of his 2005 crash, Richards said it was the biggest accident he had experienced in 20 years of racing.
"I'd had a relatively similar experience the year before in New Zealand, but this time the impact was so much greater," he said.
"The car was hitting the ground so hard that I honestly thought for a moment I was going to die - there was so much flying around inside there. It was the scariest day of my life."