Murphy Fourth Overall At Wet Winton Tasman Motorsport's Greg Murphy has finished in fourth position overall after a dramatic weekend's racing at Winton Motor Raceway for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Series. Along with it being Murphy's...
Murphy Fourth Overall At Wet Winton
Tasman Motorsport's Greg Murphy has finished in fourth position overall after a dramatic weekend's racing at Winton Motor Raceway for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Series.
Along with it being Murphy's best result since joining Tasman Motorsport this season, it was also his best individual result since a podium finish on the Gold Coast in October 2005.
Murphy struggled in practice, qualified a lowly 22nd, then did not see the chequered flag Saturday's first race after being pushed off the track by James Courtney just three laps short of its finish when in a position to finish second.
After starting near rear of grid in Race 2, Murphy finished the second rain-affected 40 lap race fourth before crossing the line in this afternoon's final race seventh, the #51 GMC Tasman Motorsport Commodore holding off Courtney's Falcon to claim enough points to secure fourth overall for the round.
"Today was tough and the last race was bloody hard," Murphy said.
"We're still struggling with the consistency of our cars and it showed in the final where we had reasonable speed when the tyres were fresh, but once they went off it became a real battle.
"We're not unhappy with fourth and we're taking it, but I was surprised when I was told our overall position. There was a big gap to the three cars that finished in front of us and to be able to record a DNF and still finish fourth demonstrates just how difficult the weekend was for everyone with the varying track conditions."
Tasman team-mate Jason Richards' weekend wasn't so successful, after qualifying in third position and looking like he might claim his and the team's first pole position, Richards left Winton with no points.
"Not finishing in the points is extremely disappointing when considering our car speed and qualifying position - there's not much more you can say than that," Richards lamented.
"I made two critical errors in the first two races after working myself back into them after dropping down the order and i t proved to be very costly.
"In Race 3 we were able to come from rear of grid to finish 16th but that's one spot short of the points - that's disappointing for everyone on the team.
"We now have to put Winton behind us and look to Eastern Creek and make sure the same mistakes don't happen again."
Former Tasman Motorsport driver Jamie Whincup won the round for Team Vodafone, Toll HSV Dealer Team's Garth Tander and Rick Kelly claiming the two final podium positions - Whincup finishing just one point in front of Tander.
Murphy remains in 12th position in championship points, while Richards has dropped two places to 18th. Kelly holds a one point lead over Tander, with Whincup moving up one spot to third.
The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship takes place at Eastern Creek Raceway on June 9 - 11, the final's day racing on the Queen's Birthday Weekend's holiday Monday.