Hidden Valley: Tasman Motorsport Saturday report

Plenty of first lap biffs and barges have proved costly for Tasman Motorsport in today's first race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin. After qualifying tenth, Jason Richards' ...

Plenty of first lap biffs and barges have proved costly for Tasman Motorsport in today's first race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin.

After qualifying tenth, Jason Richards' #3 Airnorth VE Commodore was hit off the track in the first turn by an over-zealous Jeld-Wen Ford driver James Courtney, while Greg Murphy became victim of a shunt started by another Ford driver, Jim Beam Racing's Will Davison.

Richards, who dropped to 23rd by the end of Lap 1, charged back through the field to finish 11th by race's end, while Murphy recorded a DNF with his #51 Airnorth VE Commodore.

"I can't believe what went on during the first lap, if it wasn't for Courtney we'd have recorded a far better result," Richards said.

"It was a difficult race from the beginning, my cool suit failed on the warm-up lap, while I also overshot the pit bay during the stop which caused a delay.

"The car was taily, but it was also pretty good and we might have hit a bit of a sweet spot. We had enough speed to give it a better go - we set the third quickest lap of the race."

Murphy said he was annoyed at the first lap goings ons which also knocked out Russell Ingall, Jason Bargwanna, Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom.

"What a bunch of morons, a couple of young blokes who've been here five minutes but think they're superstars have taken out five cars on the first lap," Murphy said.

"[V8 Supercars Australia] wanted controversy and now they've got it. These blokes need to learn you can't win a race on Lap 1. They better watch out tomorrow!"

Last round winner Mark Skaife won the race in his Holden Racing Team Commodore ahead of reigning champion, Toll HSV Dealer Team's Rick Kelly, with Vodafone Ford driver Craig Lowndes third.

Races 2 and 3 take place tomorrow, Sunday, to conclude the sixth round of the championship.

-credit: tm

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Will Davison , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Jason Richards , Mark Winterbottom , Jim Beam
Teams Holden Racing Team