Jason Richards finished today's final 50-lap race in the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway, just outside Launceston, in third - the #3 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Tasman Motorsport Commodore the highest finishing Holden.

After moving from his tenth place starting position to seventh in today's first contest, Richards's third Race 3 finish gave him sixth overall for the round - the 31-year-old Kiwi's second best sprint round for the season, following on from a podium at Indy on the Gold Coast four weeks ago.

Greg Murphy didn't enjoy the day quite the same after finishing on his ROCKSTAR Tasman Motorsport team-mate's bumper in yesterday's first contest, the #51 Commodore being twice turned around on the entry to Symmons Plains's notorious hairpin - once in each race. Murphy scrambled back into the points in the third race, finishing 15th.

Former Tasman driver Jamie Whincup won the round, his fourth win of the season, with Steven Richards and Mark Winterbottom filling out the podium places.

Whincup now leads Toll HSV driver Garth Tander by seven points going into the series final round, the Dunlop Grand Finale, at Phillip Island in a fortnight's time.

Jason Richards, #3 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore: "Third in the final race and sixth overall is a good result for the effort put in after a disappointing qualifying. We had a strong race package, which kept getting better as the event went on, while our stops were on the pace. After a difficult Bahrain, it was good to be back on the pace again."

Greg Murphy, #51 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore: "To be punted off twice in exactly the same spot, in the same manner, in two different races and have our weekend wrecked is very, very disappointing. The entire ROCKSTAR Tasman team deserved better and there's really not much more you can say about it."

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