Jason Richards has a spring in his step, and he can thank his Commodore V8 Supercar for the ebullience.
The 34-year-old New Zealander, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in November last year, is making a cameo appearance in the V8 Supercar program at the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix, and his form in the Team BOC Commodore has been nothing short of irresistible.
Richards will start from grid position five in this evening’s race one of the V8 Supercars Albert Park 400, which has left him gobsmacked.
“For a part-time driver I am chuffed with how I’m going,” said Richards. “That makes this a worthwhile exercise in itself, and for the team it’s also very special.”
But just being in a V8 Supercar car is an escape for Richards, a chance to focus all his mental energies on the task at hand.
“I just have a real bounce in step at the moment, and the only time I don’t feel like I have cancer is when I am behind the wheel,” said Richards.
“And this is about getting in some fun before the real heavy stuff starts and I head back to America for more treatment.
“I know my body is restricting me, but my mind is holding together and I can’t wait to start mixing it out on the track with the other lads.”
Race one will be held at 6:20pm this evening.