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Richard Lyons

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Born: 8 August 1979

A race car driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Richard Lyons (racing driver) page on 24 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Richard Lyons is a British motor racing driver currently competing in the Japanese Super GT series.

Born in Hillsborough, County Down, Lyons started in Formula Vauxhall Junior in Britain winning the Winter Series in 1996, before finishing the regular championship sixth in 1997 and second in 1998. He then moved to Formula Palmer Audi, finishing second in the 1999 Championship. He drove in Formula Renault 2000 with not much success.

He drove Formula Nippon in Japan from 2001 to 2005 winning the Championship in 2004 and finishing third in 2005. He has also run in the A1 Grand Prix series for the A1 Team Ireland for the 2006–07 season. He started all up fourteen races with four top ten finishes.

He drove GT and Sports Cars in Japan for nine years between 2002 and 2010. His best finish was in 2004 where he won the All-Japan GT Championship GT500 Championship. All in all he started over seventy races for ten wins in that period.

For 2013 he is racing in an Audi R8 LMS in the Japanese GT300 SuperGT Championship.

Lyons also made occasional appearances in V8 Supercar, with a best finish of fifth place sharing a Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon, in the 2007 Bathurst 1000, sharing the car with Australian-based Danish GT racer Allan Simonsen. He returned in 2011 and drove for Tekno Autosports sharing with Jonathon Webb at Phillip Island and Bathurst. Then he joined Ford Performance Racing to replace an injured Will Power at the 2011 Gold Coast 600, finishing the two races Third and First with Mark Winterbottom.


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Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Tamiya 24268Xanavi NISMO GT-R (R-34)1/24 Sports Car Series, 1:24 scale, Car #23 (Xanavi) driven by Satoshi Motoyama & Michael Krumm
Car #22 (Motul/Pitwork) driven by Masami Kageyama & Richard Lyons JGTC Race Car


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