Clipsal: Tasman Motorsport Saturday report

Murphy seventh in Tasman Motorsport debut Richards battles steering issue, finishes 20th Greg Murphy's first race for Tasman Motorsport has yielded a top 10 finish, with the four-time Bathurst champion claiming seventh in today's first 250km leg...

Murphy seventh in Tasman Motorsport debut
Richards battles steering issue, finishes 20th

Greg Murphy's first race for Tasman Motorsport has yielded a top 10 finish, with the four-time Bathurst champion claiming seventh in today's first 250km leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in his #51 GMC/Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore.

Murphy started the race in 11th and battled a problematic gearbox throughout the race, the effort required to shift gears injuring his shoulder.

"With these cars being so new, we're still sorting through different issues and the gearbox was a bit of a problem today," Murphy said.

"Changing gears required a huge effort and it's hurt my shoulder, but I'll get some treatment for it and I'll be fine for tomorrow.

"You'd always like to finish higher, but seventh is a solid result and almost equals my best result of last year. Considering how new the car is and the gearbox issue, I think we can be pleased with the result - the Tasman Motorsport team has done a tremendous job."

Murphy said aside from his shoulder problem, which was receiving treatment, he felt few ill-effects from the usually hard race.

"Thanks to the cooler temperature, today's race wasn't that bad. I can't believe how much better I feel over past years. It's a bit of a relief going into tomorrow."

Murphy's team-mate, Jason Richards will start tomorrow's second leg from 20th position after Richards' race was hampered by a steering issue in the #3 GMC/Tasman Motorsport VE Commodore - the problem causing particular problem in the slow corners.

"After such a good day yesterday, today was a battle which was a little disappointing," Richards said.

"In slow corners, mainly the right-handers, the car didn't want to turn and it really required a big effort. We'll look at the car tonight and try find a remedy for tomorrow's race."

Holden's new generation VE Commodore had the perfect start to its race track career with the Holden Racing Team's Todd Kelly winning today's 78-lap contest, leading home the Falcon s of James Courtney and Jamie Whincup, reigning V8 Supercar Champion Rick Kelly finishing fourth.

The season-opening Clipsal 500 will conclude with tomorrow's second 250km leg, beginning at 2.30pm Adelaide time.

-credit: tm

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Greg Murphy , Rick Kelly , Jason Richards , Todd Kelly
Teams Holden Racing Team