Lowndes dedicates win to Richards

Not quite everything went to plan for V8 Supercars great Steven Richards at the Bathurst 1000.

Richards initially had no complaints celebrating Great Race win No.4 on the Mount Panorama podium alongside co-driver Craig Lowndes on Sunday.

Especially after Lowndes dedicated his sixth Bathurst title to Australian motorsport’s quiet achiever Richards.

And there was the fact he was now in sight of old man Jim Richards’ stunning Bathurst winning tally of seven.

Then the penny dropped.

Richards was now required to attend a winners’ press conference in Sydney on Monday with Lowndes.

At about the same time, he was supposed to drive his Holden team’s transporter back to its Melbourne home base.

“It dawned on him on the podium,” Lowndes laughed.

It was almost enough to wipe the smile off the 43-year-old Richards’ face – almost.

“Does anyone have a truck licence?” Richards joked at the post-race press conference.

“But yeah, I am driving the truck home at some time tomorrow or until I find someone who can.”

Yet it was hard to dampen Richards’ spirits.

It was a welcome sight for Lowndes, who claimed he wanted to make it up to his veteran partner after last year’s Bathurst debacle.

Lowndes initially blamed sun glare for late race contact on Ford’s Mark Winterbottom that ended both their 2014 Bathurst 1000 hopes with eight laps left.

It was a different story post-race on Sunday.

“It didn’t go to plan last year. I screwed up,” Lowndes said.

“I wanted to make amends for Richo.

“Richo is one of those quiet achievers.

“He goes under the radar but he did everything we needed.”

The Richards family now boast 11 Bathurst wins, a tally still dominated by his famous father Jim – for now.

Richards said he hoped to continue his veteran combination with 41-year-old Lowndes at next year’s Bathurst.

“We make a pretty good team,” he said after their win from 15th spot on the starting grid.

“But I am pretty humbled to be honest.

“I am just a very small cog in a big wheel.”

But it seems fans should not hold their breath for the next generation of Richards drivers at Bathurst.

Richards admitted his children were not quite in the mood to follow their father’s footsteps.

He revealed his children were “filthy” with him after he decided they shouldn’t attend Bathurst this year.

The last time he made that call was in 2013, when he conquered the mountain with Ford’s Winterbottom.

“I am in a lot of trouble because in 2013 when I won with Frosty (Winterbottom) we didn’t bring the kids up,” Richards said.

“And this year the school holidays didn’t quite fall in the right area so they stayed at home.

“They are absolutely dirty on me.”

Richards and Lowndes will combine again in V8 Supercars’ next round, the Gold Coast 600 enduro starting on October 23.

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