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Seven times Targa Tasmania winner Jim Richards has been named as an official ambassador for Queensland’s first ever tarmac rally, the SunCoast Classic to be held in July this year.

Richards, who is a seven times Bathurst 1000 winner as well, has also been named as an ambassador for the Classic Adelaide Rally, which along with the SunCoast Classic is run by leading rally organiser Silverstone Events.

 “The SunCoast Classic will be a tremendous, with roads that will truly challenge all the drivers and a truly superb location,” said Jim Richards.

Richards, a recent inductee into the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame, will compete in more than ten tarmac rally events around the world in 2007 and believes that tarmac rallies are a safe and exciting form of motor racing.

“Obviously motorsport can be dangerous, but the SunCoast Classic and Classic Adelaide give competitors a safe and controlled environment to drive their vehicles”, said Richards.  

“It is not about hooning around streets in cars that are unsafe and driven by amateurs, these cars are professionally prepared and driven by specially licensed drivers”.

“Hopefully we can educate people about safe driving practices and encourage anyone who wants to drive their vehicles at a competitive level to only do it under safe and controlled conditions”, added Richards.

Rally organising Silverstone Events has been the driving force behind the Classic Adelaide rally event since its inception ten years ago and the event is now considered one of the best tarmac rallies in the world.

It’s a reputation that has really impressed Richards and the reason why he has agreed to become an ambassador for both Silverstone organised rallies.

“Silverstone is a world-class organisation, I compete in a lot of events around the world and Classic Adelaide is easily one of the most enjoyable and best organised”, Richards said.

“I will only ever give my support to professional organisations that are run by honest and good people, everyone at Silverstone is just that”, stated Richards.

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