Greg Murphy Races To Second Place Finish At Albert Park
Pepsi Max Crew driver Greg Murphy has scored a second place finish in the final race of the Albert Park 400 at the Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria today.
It was an impressive performance from the Kiwi ace, driving away from a pack of cars battling for third place to come home a clear second, only headed by overall event winner Jamie Whincup.
After starting from 11th position, Murphy pitted at the end of the first lap of the race for fuel and to fit soft tyres to his #11 Pepsi Max Commodore as the Safety Car was deployed for a five-car pile-up at Turn 10 on the opening lap.
Kelly Racing team-mate David Reynolds was not as fortunate, tagged in the smash from behind by Steven Johnson as he slowed to avoid the crashed cars of Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly.
The rear impact sent the #16 Stratco Commodore hard into the concrete wall, severally damaging the car and ending Reynolds’ race on the spot, with Reynolds sore but uninjured.
Jamie Whincup won today’s final race of the Albert Park 400 ahead of Murphy, with Garth Tander winning out in a tough battle for third ahead of Shane van Gisbergen and Todd Kelly.
The third event of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship is the ITM 400 in Hamilton, New Zealand on April 15-17.
*KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD:
GREG MURPHY - #11 Pepsi Max Holden Commodore
“I hadn’t comprehended that strategy and when I got called in I thought 'well, this crash is going to take a while to clean up and we are on a time limit',” said Greg Murphy.
“So we rolled the dice a little bit but it paid off. When I went past the crash it was two cars involved and we got through no problems. But then it got a lot bigger, resulting in probably two more laps behind the Safety Car.
“That was the thing that turned the race. We finished the race on reserve on the fuel tank and managed to have a really good run.
“We had some good consistency there with the Pepsi Max Commodore so that's a real positive.
“Obviously we had two cars out of Kelly Racing's four Commodores pretty badly damaged, which is disappointing and means a lot of work for everybody getting ready for Hamilton. It's a real shame and I'm thinking of the boys on the crew.
“But the positive side is that it's taken us a little while to get on top of things, and I wouldn't say we are all the way there yet, but today has given us a really good confidence boost.”
DAVID REYNOLDS - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore
“I got the call on the radio to be careful on the exit of Turn 9 and 10,” said David Reynolds.
“I could see up ahead what had happened. I rolled out of the throttle to avoid the accident then someone drilled me from behind and turned me hard left into the fence.
“I smashed the fence hard and then someone hit me as they were going past as well.
“I copped a few big hits so I'm a bit sore. The Stratco Commodore also looks very sore.”
-source: kelly racing