Jason Richards has confirmed he will not drive in this year's V8 Supercar Season of Endurance due to his on-going battle with Adrenocortical Carcinoma.
Andrew Jones, who partnered Richards to third place in last year's L&H 500 at Phillip Island, will stand in for the Team BOC driver alongside Jason Bright.
Richards raced most recently in the Muscle Car Masters event at Eastern Creek last weekend, driving an ex-John Harvey HDT Torana. Despite winning his race the 35-year-old says he is not fit to tackle the gruelling V8 endurance events at Phillip Island and Bathurst.
The L&H 500 at Phillip Island is from 16-18 September with the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 6-9 October.
"Although I'm feeling really good at the moment, I haven't solved my health problems.
"I was hoping to have something by now to indicate we could win the battle with this cancer but ultimately it's not been the case. Every scan I've had has got worse and worse and I've not been able to put the brakes on it.
"I have periods where I feel really good and periods when I'm not so good and it's too hard to determine when they're going to be. I didn't want to let the team down.
"I think it would have been my 15th Bathurst and it's pretty disappointing not to be participating but that's what life dishes out.
"I still feel like I want to have some input so I will be at Phillip Island pestering everybody and putting my five cents'-worth in. I'm still part of the team and keen to be involved.
"It's actually quite good being a fly on the wall. You pick up a lot more stuff that you miss when you're more involved. Brad [Jones] and I have had lots of conversations about what's happened at the race weekends and we quite frequently totally agree. It's good to have more eyes and ears in these bigger races and my experience can add a lot of value.
"The cars were so competitive last year and, to be honest, if Brighty doesn't win I'll be disappointed."
"I don't think there's one team member, including the drivers, who wouldn't like JR to be driving the car but his health is the most important thing in the world and clearly he's still got a titanic battle on his hands.
"It will be great to have him at the event. We talk regularly about the racing and he has a really good feel for what's going on. He's still very much part of the team.
"I think Jonesy will make a great substitute. He and JR came third here last year and hopefully Brighty and Jonesy can go a bit further for the team and for JR."
Jason Richards was diagnosed with ACC, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, last November at the end of his second year with Brad Jones Racing.
Jason Bargwanna is standing in for Richards whilst he recovers
All messages of support to Richards should be directed to his Facebook fanpage (www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Richards-Fan-Page)
Published: 06 September 2011.