Reigning Bathurst winner makes Porsche return
Reigning Bathurst 1000 winner Steve Richards will return to Australia's Carrera Cup for the 2019 season.
He then spent the last two years focussed on his Australian GT commitments with BMW, however with that programme now finished Richards will return to regular Carrera Cup competition for 2019.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Carrera Cup," said Richards.
"The series has certainly stepped up another notch since I was involved, from the new cars to its popularity and the incredible investment of Porsche into the championship.
“I was attracted back to Carrera Cup for numerous reasons. The professionalism of the series is second-to-none, and racing at high-profile Supercars championship events and the Australian Grand Prix is great value for the brands I’ll represent in 2019.
"Also, importantly, the racing is first class with a great blend of young up-and-coming drivers and some really serious Pro-Am competitors.
“My hope is to be competitive and start the season where we finished off in 2016. The competition has certainly stepped up but we’ll head into Adelaide as prepared as possible with the aim of podium finishes.”
As revealed by Motorsport.com last week, Richards will also run a full Supercars endurance programme with Mark Winterbottom at a heavily revised Team 18 squad.
Last year's triumph was Richards' fifth at Mount Panorama.
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