Murphy & Richards Ride Form Wave To Surfer's

Tasman Motorsport managing director Jeff Grech is confident his team can continue to ride the form wave at this weekend's V8 Supercar Challenge at Surfer's Paradise.

Tasman was the first Holden team home during the Bathurst 1000, the Greg Murphy and Jason Richards Commodore finishing just 1.1 seconds behind the winning car.

"We'd like to think we'll carry on; you've got to be cautious predicting the Indy outcome with all those concrete walls, but we've taken a lot of positives from Bathurst," said Grech.

"Murph and Jason drove exceptionally well and we were competitive throughout the week.

"We found some things in our Firepower VE Commodores and made setup changes, and if they work again then we could go well.

"The Gold Coast track tends to even things up; you don't need a 'gem', rather a car that can bounce off kerbs better."

With the V8 Series returning to its sprint race format for the final four rounds, Richards will return to the seat of his #3 Firepower/Tasman Commodore, while Murphy will again drive his familiar #51 Holden.

"Both Murph and Jason have had good speed and success at Indy, Murph put his car on pole a couple of times and won there a few years back, while Jason ran as high as fourth last year."

Richards said the Indy street circuit is one of the most demanding of the year.

"It's a really difficult track; one which takes a lot of commitment and can be extremely physical, especially if it's hot. It can be tough to race, but extremely rewarding to drive," said Richards.

"Traditionally, Murph and I have done well on the Gold Coast and there's no reason why the form we showed at Bathurst shouldn't continue this week."

This weekend's event is the 11th round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship. Two 50 minute practice sessions will be held Friday, the first beginning at 8.55am, with qualifying following at 3.55pm that afternoon. Race 1 will start at 4.05pm Saturday, two final 27 lap races Sunday.

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