Bathurst: Tasman Motorsport race report

Murphy & Richards - 1.1s From Winning Bathurst The Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Holden team has gone within 1.1 seconds of winning today's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. But in a thrilling fight to the finish in damp, greasy conditions ...

Murphy & Richards - 1.1s From Winning Bathurst

The Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Holden team has gone within 1.1 seconds of winning today's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

But in a thrilling fight to the finish in damp, greasy conditions brought about by sprinkles of rain, and with a late race Safety Car appearance due to vehicles crashing, fourth was the final result for Greg Murphy and Jason Richards.

"It was a pretty amazing race at the finish, but it's disappointing for all of our team to have put in such an effort - they deserved a break and a result. Fourth's not a great number, it's pretty gutting actually but we'll get over it," said Murphy.

Murphy was full of praise for the Tasman Motorsport team, while also saying the final laps were intense - the pair missing the final podium spot by just 0.3s.

"I think the Tasman Motorsport team did a great job and we had a good car at the finish, having made some running changes through the day which worked.

"Jason and I drove the absolute crap out of it to keep it where it was and we deserved to be fighting at the finish.

"You had to attack, you had to push the limits and hold your breath otherwise you were going to get passed.

"Unfortunately, we weren't quick enough off the corners for the drag races, something the car had been lacking all weekend. We lost ground there and made it back under brakes but weren't able to make the passing move."

Team-mate Richards said their chances improved overnight with a number of changes made to the #51 Firepower/Tasman Commodore.

"Yesterday the car wasn't that good, but our engineers tuned it perfectly and it was a beautiful race car to drive - the fastest Holden for most of the race and exceptionally good on full tanks," said Richards.

"We probably only had the speed for fourth and it was a nail-biting finish. It's disappointing to come so close, but the team did a tremendous job, Murph and I drove well and we did our best. You can't ask for any more."

The second Firepower/Tasman Holden driven by Mark Noske and Jay Verdnik failed to finish when its engine lost power late in the race.

The pair had driven steadily throughout the race and were sitting in 18th position when Noske felt the engine go sour.

The race was won for the second successive year by Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup, with fellow Ford drivers James Courtney and David Besnard, and Steven Johnson and Will Davison filling the podium.

The next round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship, the 11th of 14 rounds, takes place on the Gold Coast in Queensland in two weeks time.

-credit: tasmanmotorsport.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , James Courtney , David Besnard , Will Davison , Greg Murphy , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup , Mark Noske , Jay Verdnik