Murphy Rebounds To Finish 10th Overall In Qld
Greg Murphy has rebounded from a disastrous qualifying to finish tenth overall for Iscar Tasman Motorsport at this weekend's seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Queensland Raceway.
Murphy started yesterday's first 38-lap race 26th, but gradually moved through the field in each of the three races - finishing 19th in Race 1, 12th in Race 2 and seventh in the third and final race.
"I doubt many people would have thought we'd end up tenth overall after qualifying, but we were able to get through each race unscathed and come away with some points. We can be happy with our fight back, but we want better than 10th," Murphy said.
Murphy's team-mate, Jason Richards, rebounded strongly from yesterday's Race 1 DNF to finish on Murphy's tail in both races - 13th and eighth - stating his dislike for the track and impending baby arrival pushed him to drive faster.
"Everyone knows that I've never really liked this place and so figured if I could get to the finish quicker I'd be out of here faster - and that's what I wanted to do," Richards laughed.
"My wife, Charlotte, is also due to have our first baby any minute now and I have to get to the airport and get on a plane home - I don't want to miss the birth.
"You could say they were both huge motivators in producing a better result than yesterday."
Richards finished the round 14th overall, with both Murphy and Richards remaining 13th and 15th respectively in championship points at the halfway mark of the season.
Team manager Graham Jenkins said while 10th and 14th overall appeared respectable, a better start to race weekends would precede greater results.
"The facts are that we're not fast enough out of the box and need to claw our way back through the field during the races. If we could produce a faster car first up Friday our results would be better - that will be the focus of our energies over the coming weeks," Jenkins said.
Garth Tander won the round for the second successive year for the T oll HSV Dealer Team, Tander's win pushing him past team-mate Rick Kelly and into the championship lead.