Surfers Paradise: Tamsman Motorsport race one report

Double Race 1 Top 10 For Tasman On Gold Coast Both Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodores recorded top 10 finishes during today's first race of the weekend's V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast. Greg Murphy finished fifth in the 27-lap ...

Double Race 1 Top 10 For Tasman On Gold Coast

Both Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodores recorded top 10 finishes during today's first race of the weekend's V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast.

Greg Murphy finished fifth in the 27-lap contest, just been pipped on the 'line' for fourth by Russell Ingall, while team-mate Jason Richards came home a strong tenth.

Having qualified ninth yesterday, Murphy started from eighth after pole sitter Mark Winterbottom was sensationally excluded after a post-qualifying inspection revealed a technical irregularity with his Falcon.

After a good start and a great pit stop, Murphy moved further forward and he looked to have fourth stitched up, but as he and Ingall crossed the line the official timing relegated him back one spot.

Race officials looked into the finish, but it was revealed the V8 timing system - the official finish - is not a painted line on track, but "a loop one metre behind the rear bumper of the cars on the front row of the grid".

"When I crossed the finish line I thought I was in front, but apparently the finish line isn't where we all thought it is," said a puzzled Murphy afterwards.

"To lose a spot on the last lap was disappointing, but I can't be too hard on myself as it was our best sprint result of the year and it follows on from yesterday.

"We had a good race, and it's also highlighted the areas where we need to improve. I think we're setting up a good weekend."

Richards was pleased with tenth and hopeful of better tomorrow.

"We sneaked into the top 10, which was good, and the car's extremely good," said Richards.

"It's very hard to pass around here and we've paid the price for yesterday's qualifying, but we've got another two opportunities to move forward tomorrow."

Tasman Motorsport managing director Jeff Grech said he was looking forward to Sunday's conclusion.

"We're sneaking up on things, but it's all going in the right direction; the guys did a terrific job in the pit stops, Jason had a good result moving up to tent h and Murph has his confidence up," said Grech.

"Today was a very encouraging result for the team and we're looking forward to tomorrow's races."

Toll HSV Dealer Team's Garth Tander won today's race from Bathurst winners, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes. <pre> 2007 V8 Supercar Series Rd 11 - V8 Supercar Challenge, Gold Coast, Qld (Race 1)

1. Garth Tander, Toll HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore 2. Jamie Whincup, Team Vodafone Ford BF Falcon 3. Craig Lowndes, Team Vodafone Ford BF Falcon 4. Russell Ingall, Caltex Ford BF Falcon 5. Greg Murphy, Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 6. James Courtney, Jeld-Wen Ford BF Falcon 7. Rick Kelly, Toll HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore 8. Steve Johnson, Jim Beam Racing Ford BF Falcon 9. Dean Canto, Valvoline Cummins Holden VE Commodore 10. Jason Richards, Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore

-credit: tasmanmotorsport.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Garth Tander , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Dean Canto , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Johnson , Jim Beam