Clipsal: Tasman Motorsport Sunday race report

Tasman Motorsport in the points at Clipsal Jason Richards has finished today's final leg of the Clipsal 500 13th after running as high as seventh during the 78-lap encounter. A top 10 finish for Richards went missing when a steering issue ...

Tasman Motorsport in the points at Clipsal

Jason Richards has finished today's final leg of the Clipsal 500 13th after running as high as seventh during the 78-lap encounter.

A top 10 finish for Richards went missing when a steering issue which affected the #3 GMC/Tasman Motorsport VE Commodore in the previous day's race returned, making life extremely difficult for Richards.

"There's no doubt we improved on yesterday's result and had a weapon early in the race, but our low speed corner problem returned and we weren't able to maximise the results," Richards said.

"We're a little puzzled to be honest; the team looked over the car last night and this morning and couldn't find anything, so it would appear to be a set-up issue as the problem returned later in the race.

"I suppose it's all part of the learning process of this new VE Commodore - while underneath these cars are identical to the old VZ, clearly you can't just use the old set-up.

"While we may not have had a better finish, I'm not unhappy with the pace of the car for the majority of the race which gives me confidence looking to the rest of the season . we're in with a chance this year."

Greg Murphy's strong debut weekend for Tasman Motorsport, where he qualified just outside the top 10 in 11th position and finished Saturday's first 250km leg in seventh, ended on a disappointing note when an engine misfire in the #51 GMC/Tasman Motorsport VE Commodore called a halt to proceedings 19 laps from the finish.

"The engine started misfiring three or four laps before we brought it in, and once we did our race was over," Murphy said.

"It's disappointing to finish the race this way, especially since we'd been running so well, but there are so many positives for Tasman Motorsport to take away from this weekend.

"There is a lot of work still to do, but to come away from Adelaide with two cars in the points is credit to the team, which aside from the factory teams was the only Holden team to field two VE Commodores. The entire Tasman Motorsport team has put in a tremendous effort over the past few months getting us here and should be proud of the results and promise shown."

Reigning V8 Supercar Champion Rick Kelly won today's action-packed second Clipsal 500 leg for the Toll/HSV Dealer Team, edging past his brother, Todd, with just six laps remaining.

The win gave the VE Commodore the perfect start to its racing career following Todd's Race 1 win the previous day.

Following his seventh place finish yesterday, Murphy leaves Adelaide in 12th position in series points, while Richards' result today places him 17th on the point table.

The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship, the BigPond 400, takes place on March 23-25 at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.

-credit: tm

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Rick Kelly , Jason Richards