Prior to the start of this year’s Bathurst 1000, racing legend Jim Richards drove the 501bhp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept around the legendary Mount Panorama circuit.

Richards drove the car 15 years to the day since he won the Bathurst 1000 with Rickard Rydell, which they drove in a Volvo S40 Super Touring.

Volvo-S60-Polestar-Bathurst-Jim-Richards_G1Legendary racer Jim Richards still has what it takes to hustle a car around Mount Panorama.Volvo-S60-Polestar-Bathurst_G1

Volvo will return to the Australian racing scene in 2014 when it joins the V8 Supercars grid, competing against Ford, Holden, Nissan and Mercedes-AMG.

The programme, which is led by Volvo Cars Australia, is being undertaken in partnership with Garry Rogers Motorsport, with support provided by Volvo’s global motorsport partner Polestar.

“It is great to be back in a Volvo after all these years,” said Richards. “I can tell you that. The car is fantastic, plenty of power, handles like a dream and it is comfortable as well.”

Young Kiwi, Scott McLaughlin, will drive one of next year’s cars, with the second second driver due to be named later this year.

Volvo Car Australia has a rich heritage of motorsport in Australia, having won the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship in 1986 with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T. It’s last major win was that 1998 Bathurst victory, so the company is keen to put another marker on its Australian race card.

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