16 Dec 2011

V8 driver Jason Richards dies aged 35

4:03 pm on 16 December 2011

The New Zealand V8 Supercar driver Jason Richards has died in Australia after a 14-month battle with cancer.

Richards was 35 and V8 Supercar officials and Holden confirmed he died at his home in Melbourne on Thursday night .

He had been fighting a rare and aggressive form of cancer called adrenocortical carcinoma.

Richards was a three-time Bathurst 1000 runner-up, and won three New Zealand touring car championships before moving into the Australian V8 series in 2001.

He drove successfully for a variety of Holden teams in the V8 series - most recently Brad Jones Racing.

Richards is survived by his wife Charlotte and children Sienna and Olivia.

There will be a memorial service at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne in the next few weeks.