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David Richards, founder and Chairman of Prodrive, is to become the next Chairman of the British governing body, the Motor Sports Association (MSA), succeeding Alan Gow.

David Richards is to become chairman of Britain's governing body of motorsport.Richards will be responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the organisation, which represents approximately 30,000 competitors, 10,000 volunteer marshals and officials, and 750 clubs.

Richards said: “Having started out as a competitor and more recently run my own teams in a wide variety of motor sport categories I’m honoured to be asked, at this stage of my career, to Chair the MSA.

“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and trust that my 50 years of experience, in almost every facet of the sport, can now be put to good use.”

Prodrive employs more than 500 people in Banbury and Milton Keynes. Since 1984 Prodrive has won six FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) titles, running the Subaru Imprezas of legendary drivers such as Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg.

Prodrive has also won four MSA British Touring Car Championships and four Le Mans 24 Hours.

It managed the BAR Honda Formula One team for three seasons in the early-2000s, achieving second place in the 2004 constructors’ championship, and is currently the driving force behind Aston Martin Racing.

Richards was the co-driver for Ari Vatanen when they won the World Rally Championship in 1981.

- Martin Holmes

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