V8 Supercars regular Steven Richards has confirmed the much-expected news that he will take a step back from full-time driving in 2011, but he hasn’t ruled out contesting the series’ endurance events at Phillip Island and Bathurst.
New Zealand-born Richards is the son of seven-time Bathurst winner Jim Richards, and is himself a two-time winner of ‘The Great Race’, and one of just three drivers to have won the event in both a Ford and a Holden.
The seven-time race winner will relinquish his race seat at Ford Performance Racing, a statement confirmed.
“With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching and after lengthy consideration of all the options available to me, it is my decision to step away from the V8 Supercar Championship as a full time driver in 2011,” it reads.
“By no means is this an announcement of any sort in relation to retiring from driving full time in the V8 Supercar Championship, who knows at this stage what lies beyond 2011,” he adds.
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