In 1996, 10 years after the victory of Robbie Frantsevich at the Volvo 240T turbo coupe in Group A of the Australian Touring Championship, the Volvo brand returned to the 2-liter Buthurst 1000 class - in the 96 season it was an ATCC main body support race (Australian Super Touring Championship). Previously, 2-liter class cars were regular participants of the Buthurst 1000, but in 1995 this category did not participate in competitions, and, returning in 1996, took part in only three races that did not count. Nevertheless, it was a good opportunity to test their strength in full combat mode.
Therefore, first in 1995, the 850 Estate Super Touring wagon car was brought to Australia, which already showed itself well in the British Body Championship in the 1994 season. And then in 1996, it was the turn of the sedan.
A feature of this particular car is the fact that initially for the 1996 season the Volvo Dealer Team signed Peter Brock – accordingly, the car with side number 5 bore his name. But since the support race for the ATCC championship was to be held on October 6, at which the main team of Brock's Mobil Holden Racing Team performed, the pilot's place was taken by Jim Richards, replacing Peter Brock for this race. And it was a very worthily replacement: qualifying as the fifth, he came second in the first Saturday 5-circle race, then he repeated this result in the second Saturday race. And in the final 8-circle race on Sunday, starting in the morning on the wet track from the 5-th position (these were the rules: on Sunday the pilots started subject to the results shown on Friday's qualification), Richards managed to outrun four rivals, three of whom were on the racing BMW 318i and then restrain the attacks of one of the pilots on the all-wheel drive Audi A4. The victory achieved in these difficult conditions was the first for Volvo in Australia for the last 10 years – the previous victory on the Adelaide International Raceway track was won by Robbie Frantsevich on the Volvo 240T turbo coupe in 1986. Richards' performance was so successful that in 1997 he replaced Peter Brock for the entire season and once again won the 1998 Buthurst 1000 race, but already on the Volvo S40.