Clay Richards will be able to take his place on the Mount Panorama network this week after a colossal effort to repair his badly damaged Toyota 86.
The son of five-time Bathurst 1000 winner Steven was caught in an ugly multi-car accumulation in Sydney Motorsport Park late last month.
The injuries resulting from this incident left his participation in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series action on the Repco Bathurst 1000 under a cloud of doubt – with the reconstruction only being completed yesterday.
“It’s been great, really good,” Steven told Speedcafe.com.
“Do not get me wrong, there have been lots of people who crashed their cars before; it has certainly been an exercise, but it has actually been amazing.
“I know well that social media can sometimes have some negative expressions, but in this case, it’s been great.
“We’ve got people to reach out and offer parts and just support, good wishes. It’s actually been really good, it’s been a good process.
“We both have day jobs, so it’s reserved for nights and weekends, but yes, we’ve both been reasonably committed; Every time we have not been to work, we have pretty much been to the workshop at home and made the car ready and ready. ”
The Richards family left for The Mountain today, where Steven will also be in action as a guest driver for the Toyota 86 Series.
“I’m going to drive the guest car so it’s going to be really fun,” he said, noting that a KFC shout is the bet between himself and Clay.
“I have not driven much recently, other than a Hyundai Excel enduro a few weeks ago, so it will be good.
“I’m right. I’ve driven Clay’s car a couple of times over the year, so I know it anyway.”
All in all, the TGRA 86 series will compete in three races this week, the last of which falls on the morning of Sunday’s big race.