STEVE RICHARDS RETURNS TO FORD WITH FPR IN 2007 January 1, 2007 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is delighted to formally announce that highly experienced V8 Supercar driver Steve Richards will return to Ford in 2007 and has signed a long term ...
STEVE RICHARDS RETURNS TO FORD WITH FPR IN 2007
January 1, 2007 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is delighted to formally announce that highly experienced V8 Supercar driver Steve Richards will return to Ford in 2007 and has signed a long term contract to drive for the Prodrive team.
Richards, 34, replaces Jason Bright who left the team at the completion of the 2006 season. Richards was the seventh placed driver in the 2006 Championship and has been a regular V8 Supercar contender for ten seasons. Richards has forged a solid reputation during this time for his uncompromising speed, technical knowledge and consistency.
The new FPR Falcon driver's career has included no fewer than twelve Bathurst 1000 campaigns, with Richards racing to the top step of the Mount Panorama podium on two occasions in both 1998 & 1999. Richards' detailed motor racing resume also includes two second places and one third place finish at Bathurst, along with many successes in other motor racing categories including Super Touring, Super Speedway and Formula Ford.
Richards is excited to be returning to Ford with the marque's major V8 Supercar team at this major point in the team's development.
"It is terrific to be joining a team that is clearly on the rise following the speed that FPR displayed during the 2006 season. Mark Winterbottom's results in 2006 mirror FPR's and I am sure we can make a formidable combination that will continue developing FPR's front running form in 2007. It is a special time to be joining this team and I cant wait to get behind the wheel of the FPR Falcons at our first test day. There is no settling in period and the intention is to get the new season started on the pace with FPR at the Clipsal 500."
According to FPR Commercial Director Rod Barrett, FPR has secured a major asset in Steve Richards for the next five years.
"After more than 12 months of negotiations, FPR is absolutely thrilled to welcome Steve to the team as it heads towards its most important season yet in 2007. Steve will add great value to the team and is one of the most competitive and accomplished drivers in the series. We look forward to watching Steve and the team challenge for the V8 Supercar titles in 2007 - beginning with Adelaide in March."