Brad Jones Racing and the whole V8 Supercar community is in deep mourning with the passing of our friend and team mate, Jason Richards.
The New Zealander passed away on 15 December 2011 after a brave battle with Adreno Cortical Carcinoma (ACC), with which he was first diagnosed in November last year.
He was only 35.
A native of Nelson in New Zealand but a resident of Melbourne for the last six years, Richards is survived by wife Charlotte and young daughters Sienna and Olivia.
Bright, enthusiastic and popular among fellow drivers and fans alike, the inspirational racer’s illness galvanized the V8 Supercar paddock over the last 12 months as it rallied to support one of its true good guys.
The fact that rival teams, drivers and manufacturers came together to help him in whatever way possible showed exactly the sort of standing he was held in by the Australasian racing community.
Jason was an integral part of our team, and whilst not sitting in the race car at every round this year, he attended many events and drove one of our cars whenever possible. He was there at Winton to celebrate with us Jason Bright's win, our second in V8 Supercar Championship Series, and a win that was based around the foundation that JR helped build.
He was a truely inspirational character in a number of ways.
The V8 Supercar Paddock has lost a very dear friend.
Jason's Facebook Page
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Your infectious and warm smile still livens me up. Godspeed Jase.
Andrew @ Friday, 10 August 2012, 12:08 AEST
Not a day goes by that I don't think about you mate, I miss seeing your smiling face at races and having a chat. Every time I get in the car it reminds me of when I asked you to sign it but you were just too sick so I bought in the sun visor. I remember asking you to write me something funny so I could look up and laugh and in true JR humour it says "Look at the road!!!" Love to Jase's family and all who knew him, he will never be forgotten!
Lauren @ Monday, 02 July 2012, 08:07 AEST
Not too many days go by that I dont give a thought for Jason and his Family. He was an inspiration. His Family ARE an inspiration. I will never forget Jason and his cruel battle and his truly astonishing way of dealing with it. Never forget.
Baz Cleverley. @ Monday, 25 June 2012, 11:06 AEST
Rest in peace Jase. We will always love you mate. Your immortal spirit will live on with us in our hearts and minds. Give Brocky, Ayrton Senna, Dan Wheldon, Possum Bourne and Dale Earnhart Sr a run for their money.
Greg @ Monday, 18 June 2012, 05:06 AEST
i was said to hear of jason ricards passing the v8 supercar racing community has lost one of the greatest drivers and will be sadly missed.
my condolene's to jason's family and the team of bjr. jason ricards may be lost but never forgoten
bradley jarvis djr team mate 767 @ Sunday, 04 March 2012, 10:03 AEST
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