Disappointing End To Promising Tasman Season

Tasman Motorsport's season might have ended disappointingly at the Dunlop Grand Finale at Phillip Island, but the burgeoning Melbourne-based team has earned the season's 'most improved' title.

Drivers Greg Murphy and Jason Richards struggled through a variety of dramas and complications in today's final two races - Murphy being spun in the final, Richards retiring with a broken throttle.

But Tasman improved from 11th in the 2006 Teams' Championship to seventh this year, while Murphy finished the season 13th in driver points with Richards one place behind and just 15 points in arrears after 14 rounds.

Murphy and Richards teamed to finish fourth at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the first Holden team home, while Richards claimed Tasman's first ever sprint round podium with third at Indy on the Gold Coast - Murphy's sixth making it the best sprint round result ever for the team.

The Toll/HSV Dealer Team's Garth Tander won this year's championship in a thrilling final round, Ford's Jamie Whincup just two points behind. Tander also won the round at Phillip Island, his fourth for the season.

Greg Murphy, #51 Rockstar Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VE: "We struggled this weekend and it was extremely annoying to get punted in the last race of the year, but this Rockstar Tasman Motorsport team is moving forward. We've had some frustrating struggles throughout the year, but we've also made some strong progress and got a lot of things happening for 2008 and beyond and that's exciting."

Jason Richards, #3 Rockstar Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VE: "We broke the throttle pedal linkage today which brought us to a stop, and that's a disappointing way to end the year. This year has seen a huge effort from everyone within the team and with all the developments going on behind the scenes with new car builds, new dynos, etc, we're all excited about next year."

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