First win, first title: Kostecki joins legends with breakout year | Supercars

By 1985, Jim Richards had already won the Great Race three times with Peter Brock, and was one of the preeminent talents in world motorsport. The 1985 ATCC was the first to be contested using Group A regulations, with Richards and JPS Team BMW turning up with a 3.5-litre, six cylinder BMW 635 CSi. Richards had to contend with defending series champion Dick Johnson and his Ford Mustang, and Brock in his Holden VK Commodore. Richards claimed BMW’s first win in the opening race at Winton, which was also the first ATCC round win by a European car since 1970. Richards won again in Perth, Adelaide, Calder, Surfers, Lakeside and Amaroo to win his first of four titles, adding a second with BMW in 1987 after defeating Nissan duo Glenn Seton and George Fury.

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