Winton: Steve Richards preview

RICHO'S RED RIVALRY With half the season gone, Steve Richards is optimistic of delivering a championship 1-2 for Ford Performance Racing as he prepares for Winton Motor Raceway this weekend. The ...

RICHO'S RED RIVALRY

With half the season gone, Steve Richards is optimistic of delivering a championship 1-2 for Ford Performance Racing as he prepares for Winton Motor Raceway this weekend.

The #6 Castrol FPR driver is currently a close fifth in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, with a round win under his belt, but says he could have been fighting for the lead with team-mate Mark Winterbottom were it not for the effect of one team.

"The reason we haven't gone as well as we could have in three out of the last four race meetings is because of an HRT car's involvement," said Richo, who is just 13 points off fourth-place Rick Kelly in the championship standings. "Alright, the Garth [Tander, HRT] thing at Sandown was Craig Lowndes [888] as well, but there was certainly not much I could have done about it. On each occasion I've made clean passes, particularly at Barbagallo and Queensland Raceway."

Those two rounds saw HRT's Mark Skaiffe spin Richo from behind. On both occasions he recovered to finish the race, but lost vital points in the championship battle.

"I'm hoping it's purely coincidence and nothing more because I do have a lot of respect for Skaiffie as a person and a driver," said Richo. "I've always thought he is the one guy you never have to second guess because he's very fair; you know that if you've had a good move on him, he'll give you room."

The championship lead is still in Richo's sights as the season heads into the second half at Winton Raceway and the double Bathurst winner says not to rule him out of the fight, adding that he'll be steering clear of the red cars this weekend.

FPR will be on track at Winton Motor Raceway tomorrow (Friday) at 12.35 for the first practice.

-credit: fpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards