Oran Park: Tasman Motorsport preview

No Outburst By Tasman's Richards On Oran Park Wednesday, August 15, 2007 -- There is no chance of a repeat of any recent outbursts by Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards as the V8 Supercar Series heads to Sydney for this weekend's Jim Beam ...

No Outburst By Tasman's Richards On Oran Park

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 -- There is no chance of a repeat of any recent outbursts by Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards as the V8 Supercar Series heads to Sydney for this weekend's Jim Beam 400.

Richards solidly canned Queensland Raceway prior to the series' visit there last month and came under intense fire by patriotic locals.

But the 31-year-old Kiwi holds Oran Park in far higher esteem and considers it one of his favourite stops on the V8 calendar.

"Oh no, there's definitely not going to be any criticism of Oran Park by me - I got all that out of my system last month," Richards laughed.

"Oran Park is totally different to Queensland, it's a terrific circuit; it's fast and flowing with a lot of medium to high speed corners and it really suits my style.

"[Tasman Motorsport] used it as our test track before moving to Melbourne last year, and we believe we have a decent grasp on setup so I'm very much looking forward to this weekend."

Since QR, Richards and team-mate, Greg Murphy, enjoyed a day's testing at Winton on Monday, 31 July, with the four-time Bathurst winner suggesting it was the best test of the season.

"We did a lot of laps and made some significant changes to our Commodores and I felt in the car what I had been wanting to feel all season," Murphy said.

"There's always more work to do and you can't get too carried away, but the test was really the one we'd been looking for since the beginning of the year and it's come at a good time before Sandown and Bathurst."

For Oran Park, Richards and Murphy's Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodores will carry the GROVE Group signage as part of the team's successful segmented sponsorship program.

The Grove Group specialises in the hire, design, manufacture and sales of relocatable buildings for the Mining, Commercial and Construction Sectors.

Managing Director Stephen Grove said there was a synergy between the GROVE Group and Tasman Motorsport.

"The GROVE Group of companies is born out of a philosophy based on t he highest quality workmanship, absolute integrity in all its operations and outstanding customer service," Grove said.

"Tasman Motorsport's ethos mirrors our own and we are excited to join the team for Oran Park and the V8 Supercar experience."

Practice for the Jim Beam 400 begins Friday at 1.15pm, qualifying 1.05pm Saturday afternoon with the first of three 46 lap races following at 3.05pm. The final two races run Sunday.

-credit: tm

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Jason Richards , Jim Beam , Stephen Grove