Fans of the late Jason Richards will be able to celebrate his all-too-brief life at a public memorial service to be held at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway on Monday afternoon.
The New Zealander tragically lost his battle with a rare form of stomach cancer in the days leading up to Christmas. A private funeral for the hugely popular V8 Supercars driver was held a week after his death.
His memorial service will allow fans and fellow competitors the opportunity to send him off in style, with a wealth of tributes flowing from across the world at the news of his passing.
The ceremony will commence at 3:00pm local time, with the formalities starting at 3:30pm. The event will feature tributes from his closest friends, and it’s widely expected that almost all of the V8 Supercars drivers will be present to pay their respects.
A gold-coin donation will be collected at the entry, with all proceeds going to the Richards’ Family Trust, set up to care for his wife and two young daughters.
The venue was selected as it was the site of Richards’ first ever V8 Supercars podium finish in 2005, when he drove for Tasman Motorsport. It was also the site of one of his last ever public appearances in the V8 Supercars paddock during the 2011 round at Sandown, where he bravely confirmed in an interview that his cancer was terminal.
Click here to read our eulogy to Jason Richards.
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