V8 Supercar Ace Wants To Race Rotax World Final

jason richards and arrow mechanicsRacing in the DD2 class at Geelong’s Rotax Pro Tour event on the weekend, V8 Supercar driver Jason Richards has revealed he would like a crack at the Rotax World Final.

“I’m keen to try and qualify for the Rotax DD2 World Finals in the Over-32 Masters category” he said. “I have to look at the schedule and see how it fits in, but it was just awesome racing (today) and I want to do some more.”

Having qualified mid-pack, Richards took the fight up to the DD2 regulars carding some top-5 placings in the heats. With his team boss Brad Jones watching on, and the V8 Supercar season fast approaching, Richards could have been excused for taking it cautiously, however the professional Kiwi traded blows with the best of them – and is keen for more.

“The Rotax DD2 is just a great engine and it was just so much fun to come back to karting and having to get my head around it. I’ve had the entire Christmas break away from racing, so this was a good way to get my eye back in preparation for Abu Dhabi.”

During an interview on the grid prior to the final, Richards was asked to compare driving karts with V8 Supercars. “The heat and the fumes and the much longer races” were the hard parts of Supercars, “but the karts are much more physical. The Arrow boys must have thought I was the size of a kid because I’ve got bruises everywhere from the seat!”

Richards also gave a fascinating insight into being a professional race driver to the Rotax Pro Tour drivers at a dinner function on the Friday evening.

Above: Richards is interviewed by commentator Matt Payne before the final. (Top Pic - Arrow's Darren Hossack and Adam Klunyk with their driver)


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