JUNE 3, 2002
David Richards is 50
Richards has been involved in the sport since he was 16 and won the World Rally Championship as co-driver in 1981, alongside Ari Vatanen. After a brief period running a sponsorship consultancy, he set up his first team and this grew into the impressive Prodrive empire which Richards still controls today. For the last three years Richards has been the owner of the commercial rights to the FIA World Rally Championship and he is believed to be negotiating with the FIA to agree a long-term lease deal similar to that which the federation agreed last year with Bernie Ecclestone.