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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You will be missed by millions. We will NEVER forget you. You are and always will be a LEGEND..
Steve Gifford @ Saturday, 18 February 2012, 12:02 AEST
I hope all Race car Drivers that have lost their lives will go up to Heaven to be God our heavenly Father.
Joshua Wells @ Tuesday, 31 January 2012, 09:01 AEST
I'm sorry this is a very late message.
I followed Jason's struggle with cancer through the interviews and on the net through last year. Every time he was interviewed I was amazed about his smile and his positive attitude. I picture this man as one of the biggest fighters I have experienced.
Another thing that have stricken me is the overwhelming support Jason the family have received from friends, fans, fellow competitors and people in the business. It warms my heart to see that so many people pulled together to help Jason to fight the cancer.
I sure hope the V8 Supercars community realize what a brilliant ambassador he have been to the sport and put on a fitting tribute to him in Adelade.
Only the good die young =(
/Steven Karlsson - Sweden
Steven Karlsson @ Saturday, 28 January 2012, 11:01 AEST
Jason i will never forget the day you turned up at the Nelson Karting raceway. You showed great potential right from the start. I am glad I said hello at PI last year & you signed my jacket. You always knew who I was & didn't forget me. You are very sadly missed in the sunny city of Nelson NZ. You are sadly missed. My best wishes to your wife & children. You are a legend always Cheers Jenny NN NZ
Jenny @ Wednesday, 25 January 2012, 08:01 AEST
RIP to a top bloke even if he was a Kiwi and a Holden driver. I for one will miss him not just for his amazing antics on the race track but for that something extra special he brought to the world.
Peace be with you and your family.
Aussieguy @ Saturday, 21 January 2012, 07:01 AEST
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