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10. CRAIG BAIRD
Baird made his name in Super Touring in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Britain, though he also showed pace in a V8 with a race win for Stone Brothers Racing in 2000 and five top 10s in the Bathurst 1000.
9. JASON RICHARDS
Richards shone at Mount Panorama, scoring three runner-up finishes over a five-year period. His career and life were tragically cut short by cancer.
8. FABIAN COULTHARD
Coulthard has been a regular in the top half of the field since moving to Brad Jones Racing in 2012. A further step up to DJR Team Penske netted more podiums and wins, though he’s faced stiff inter-team competition from compatriot Scott McLaughlin.
7. PAUL RADISICH
The two-times Touring Car World Cup and Super Touring star made a speedy transition to Supercars, emerging as one of fastest drivers in the Ford AU Falcon with Dick Johnson Racing. He scored three race wins before his career was cruelled by leg injuries sustained in huge crashes at Mount Panorama.
6. ROBBIE FRANCEVIC
Francevic became the second New Zealander to win the Australian Touring Car Championship, driving a Volvo 240T in 1986. But a falling out with the team left him sidelined for the following season, curtailing the chance to add to his tally.
5. SCOTT McLAUGHLIN
The former Dunlop Super2 Series champion made an immediate impression in the main game, scoring a race win in his rookie season and starring in the Volvo S60 for Garry Rogers Motorsport. McLaughlin has become Ford’s lead driver over the last two seasons following a move to DJR Team Penske in 2017.
4. SHANE VAN GISBERGEN
Van Gisbergen showed his natural talent as a teenager at Team Kiwi Racing and soon become a regular challenger at Stone Brothers Racing. After reversing on a decision to walk away from the sport, van Gisbergen re-emerged at Tekno Autosports for a race-winning spell that led to a promotion to Triple Eight Race Engineering, where he has beaten record- breaking teammate Jamie Whincup in two of the last three seasons.
3. STEVEN RICHARDS
Richards followed in the footsteps of father Jim Richards by becoming a master at Mount Panorama, notching up a fifth Bathurst 1000 win in 2018. The second-generation racer has thrived as an endurance co-driver following a full-time career that included nine top-10 finishes.
2. GREG MURPHY
Murphy stormed onto the Australian touring-car scene alongside Craig Lowndes in the mid-nineties, winning Bathurst with the Australian in 1996. Though championship success eluded Murphy, he became a hero on home soil by dominating at Pukekohe Park Raceway and went on to win a total of four Bathurst 1000s.
1. JIM RICHARDS
Richards was the first New Zealand to win an Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000. His tally of seven Bathurst 1000 wins, three in a row with Peter Brock, and the only wins for Nissan and Volvo at Mount Panorama, plus four championship wins for BMW and Nissan, made him the pioneer for New Zealanders in Australia.
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