Murph's Weekend Ruined By A Shocker... Greg Murphy and Tasman Motorsport's chances at another top 10 round finish were ruined when the ...
Murph's Weekend Ruined By A Shocker...
Greg Murphy and Tasman Motorsport's chances at another top 10 round finish were ruined when the #51 SEW-Eurodrive VE Commodore broke a dampener during Race 2 at Eastern Creek today (Monday).
Having finished Sunday's first 31-lap race 12th, Murphy had moved up to ninth in Race 2 and was running strongly when the left front dampener, which was part of a new set being run for the first time this weekend, snapped its shaft.
It meant Murphy pitted to make repairs and subsequently started the final race 25th.
A good run and solid strategy meant Murphy finished the final race 12th, moving to 11th when Ford driver Jamie Whincup was excluded for a technical irregularity, but that wasn't enough to hide the four-time Bathurst champion's disappointment.
"It's pretty disappointing when a better result goes out the window due to parts failure, and being a brand new dampener makes it even more so - its not as though the parts aren't the best available," Murphy said.
"We're working hard and improving, but everyone around us is as well and it shows you how tough this series has become - the bar just keeps getting higher."
Murphy finished the round 14th in points.
Jason Richards' weekend didn't finish much better, having finish on his team-mate's tail in the first race, Race 2 got off to a poor start when Richards and Jason Bargwanna banged wheels - the left front on the #3 SEW-Eurodrive VE Commodore splitting. With a deflated tyre, Richards was sent off track.
Starting Race 3 from 24th, Richards finished 16th, one spot away from gaining further points - JR finishing the round 18th.
Ironically, despite finishing better Murphy dropped from 12th to 13th in series points while Richards moved up one spot to 17th.