Bahrain: Tasman Motorsport Saturday notes

Tasman Try Hard In Bahrain The second annual Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit will go down as perhaps the most trying and difficult race weekend for the Firepower Tasman Motorsport Holden team this season. Tasman drivers Greg ...

Tasman Try Hard In Bahrain

The second annual Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit will go down as perhaps the most trying and difficult race weekend for the Firepower Tasman Motorsport Holden team this season.

Tasman drivers Greg Murphy and Jason Richards finished 11th and 15th overall respectively, but both drivers are more than happy to see the back of Bahrain, the venue for the 12th round of the 2007 V8 Series

Murphy followed on from Friday's top 10 Race 1 result to record an 11th and another 10th place in Races 2 and 3 today, but again found the going extremely tough.

"We did everything we could to earn a better result; the team worked non-stop trying to improve things, our pit stops were good and I reckon I drove my backside off, but it just didn't happen. I guess we've all put in way too much effort for the result we've got," said Murphy.

Richards' feelings mirrored his teammate's.

"Really, we've had a disastrous weekend and it hasn't been for a lack of trying. Like Murph, we scored some points, but it's taken a huge, huge effort. We have to have a big think about what's gone on and what's ahead, and sort out something better for Tassie in a couple weeks," said Richards.

Ford driver Mark Winterbottom won the round, his first sprint round victory, with James Courtney and Steven Johnson filing out the podium.

Toll HSV's Garth Tander moved into the series lead with a fifth place finish, and he is now 20 points ahead of Craig Lowndes, with Jamie Whincup and Rick Kelly close behind. Murphy and Richards remain 13th and 14th in driver standings, Tasman Motorsport seventh in team points.

There again will be no rest for the team with the series moving to Launceston for the Falken Tasmanian Challenge in just two weeks time - the Tasman Commodores arriving back in Melbourne on Thursday. The team will only have four days to prepare the cars before they are packed and shipped to Symmons Plains.

-credit: tasmanmotorsport.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , James Courtney , Garth Tander , Greg Murphy , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , Mark Winterbottom