(born 10 April 1976 in Nelson, New Zealand
) is a motor racing driver, currently competing for Brad Jones Racing
in the Australian touring car
series, V8 Supercar
Richards started his motor racing
career at the age of eight in 1985, driving in karting
events in his home country of New Zealand
. He made his move out of karting in 1993 after 35 championship titles, entering the Mini 7s.
After much success again, Richards was offered the Canterbury Racing School Formula Ford
drive for the Nissan Mobil 500
meetings at Wellington
After a short stint in the English Formula Ford Championship, Richards returned to New Zealand to sign with BMW Motorsport NZ as junior driver, winning the 1995/96 Class 1 Touring Car Championships
for the team, along with nine out of 12 series races.
Team Kiwi Racing
Promoted to lead driver, Richards won the next three NZ Touring Car Championships prior to joining Team Kiwi for the V8 Supercar
series in Australia
in 2001. Battling testing restrictions and the tyranny of distance, Richards finished an extremely creditable 19th in the 2002 V8 Supercar Series.
Richards moved to the new South Australian
Team Dynamik in 2003, putting in some strong results, including a narrow failure to snatch victory in the Sandown 500
from Mark Skaife
in the race's dying stages.
He then made the decision to move to the newly-formed Tasman......