This weekend at the Sucrogen Townsville 400, Greg Murphy will celebrate his 400th V8 Supercars race start and today, Castrol EDGE took time out to congratulate the Kiwi veteran in a very unique and Australian way.
The Sucrogen Townsville 400 main straight was taken over by Castrol EDGE and Kelly Racing, who held an Australian Rules-style banner for Murphy to drive through in his newly-liveried #11 Pepsi Max Crew Commodore.
The Kiwi has been synonymous with Castrol products throughout his time in V8 Supercars, including his epic Bathurst 1000 victories with now team owner Rick Kelly – both of which were with Castrol.
It’s an association the company is immensely proud of both here in Australia and in Murphy’s homeland, New Zealand.
“On both sides of the Tasman, Greg is one of the strongest and most-respected personalities in V8 Supercars,” said Sue Dilger – Castrol PR and Sponsorship Manager.
“Murph has consistently delivered throughout his 12 years in the sport and it’s fantastic that he is forging ahead with Castrol again in 2011 aboard Kelly Racing’s Pepsi Max Crew Commodore.”
Murphy – and the entire Kelly Racing team – freely admit the partnership with Castrol is more than just a sponsorship and receiving protection from the best lubricants possible is critical.
“Castrol for me and also for the Kelly Racing team is more than just a sticker on the car. The company and the Castrol EDGE products are critical to our performance weekend in, weekend out,” said Murphy.
“They have been with me in V8 Supercars for much of my career. My biggest race highlights, which are also some of my life highlights, have been achieved with Castrol – so it’s a relationship that I value closely.
“To reach 400 races is an amazing achievement. It’s scary to think how long I have been around – but my desire to win and perform at the absolute top level is as strong as ever.
“This weekend, I hope that we can get out there and perform well, especially with the stunning new livery on the car.”
The relationship is one that Castrol values deeply.
“You look back at some of the moments from Greg’s career, including ‘that’ lap at Bathurst in the K-Mart Commodore, his wins at Bathurst alongside Rick and the wins at Pukekohe that elevated him to national hero status – all have had the red, green and white of Castrol on board,” said Dilger.
“One only needs to go to Hamilton now and speak with race fans about who their favourite driver is – to a man, woman and child, everyone says Greg Murphy.
“There are few drivers that transcend the brand divide in V8 Supercars, but although very much a Holden driver, Greg has managed to do just that.”
Murphy will celebrate his 400th V8 Supercars Championship race start on Saturday in Townsville, the milestone coming at the Kiwi driver’s 177th V8 Supercar event. Murphy is 10th on the all-time event starts list and equal 10th on all-time race wins list with 28 race victories.