Murphy Eighth, Richards 14th in Perth Greg Murphy and Jason Richards have finished eighth and 14th respectively for Tasman Motorsport in the second round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Series, the BigPond 400, held at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth this...
Murphy Eighth, Richards 14th in Perth
Greg Murphy and Jason Richards have finished eighth and 14th respectively for Tasman Motorsport in the second round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Series, the BigPond 400, held at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth this weekend.
Murphy finished the weekend's three 50-lap races in eighth, seventh and 12th in his GMC/Tasman Motorsport VE Commodore, while Richards rebounded from Friday's big practice crash - which ruled out Ford driver Jason Bright for the rest of the weekend - to finish the 120km races in 14th, 12th and 19th.
Hometown hero Garth Tander easily won the round with a perfect weekend for the Toll/HSV Dealer Team from team-mate Rick Kelly, the West Australian quickest in practice qualifying and winning all three races. The Holden Racing Team's Mark Skaife claimed the final podium position.
While pleased to again be in the points, Murphy said better results for Tasman Motorsport went missing.
"On paper, eighth looks good if that's where you want to be, but we are looking for better. We finished seventh in Race 2, but dropped five spots in the last and that was disappointing - we probably should have finished sixth or seventh, rather than eighth," Murphy said.
"The first two races were ok; we got close to Whincup who finished in front of me in Race 1, but I didn't have enough to pull him in and pass so we just had to finish and not lose out to anyone else behind.
"At the moment our Tasman Motorsport VE Commodores are just lacking a little bit, which is because they're so new and we haven't had the chance to test much as yet, and if we can improve them just a bit here and there then it will make a big difference.
"There's no less work to do than what we had after Adelaide, but we are trying to point ourselves in the right direction."
Richards said despite all that went wrong for the #3 GMC Commodore in Perth, the weekend could have been far worse.
"We didn't have a good weekend so to come away with 14th overall I can't be too disappointed," Richards said.
" We got off on the wrong foot with Friday's crash, then it just continued from there.
"We had a couple of slow stops, which meant we also got caught getting out of the pits and lost positions, I also lost spots when I was pushed off the track at Turn 1 in both Races 2 and 3, and I had a long brake pedal for a couple races.
"To be honest, in the final race the brakes concerned me enough to think about continuing . it really took the sting out of me.
"While we haven't gathered the amount of points we'd have liked as yet, we have shown promise which is encouraging. We've got some development pieces coming and are planning to test before Pukekohe, so we're looking forward to that."
Tasman Motorsport Managing Director, Kevin Murphy said the team was reasonably pleased to leave West Australia with points.
"Perth has always been a bogey track for Tasman Motorsport, so it's good in someways that we've got it out of the way and got some sort of result for both Greg and Jason," Murphy said.
"We had good reliability this weekend, but there are a couple of areas that need to be worked on if we are to step further forward. We need to learn more about the new VE Commodores and test before Pukekohe, while we have are hopeful of having our new development engines ready for the event."
While finishing eighth overall, Murphy remains 12th in championship points, with Richards moving up one spot to 16th. Tasman Motorsport is seventh in Teams Championship.
The next round of the V8 Supercar Series is the Placemakers V8 International, which will be held at Pukekohe Raceway Park near Auckland, New Zealand, on 20-22 April.