Kiwi aces Jason Richards and Greg Murphy say they’re happy with the new VE Commodore race car after testing it last week.
February 25, 2007. New Zealand V8 Supercar drivers Jason Richards and Greg Murphy are happy with Tasman Motorsport’s new VE Holden Commodore after its first test at Winton, Victoria.
Richards and new teammate Murphy completed just over 60 trouble-free laps.
“First time out of the box, the VE Commodore was a pretty impressive car,” Richards said. “We set our quickest time of the day on just our sixth lap, but lap times weren’t the objective of the day – the test was all about shaking down the new car.”
Murphy said the VE was “definitely a significant change in comparison to what I’ve been used, probably more so because it is a new chassis and I haven’t had a new chassis since the end of 2001.
“(The test) was very much a shakedown for the car and getting to know the team for me, which was good.
“We spent most of the day sorting issues and the like, so we really didn’t get into ‘it’ as such, but the car did respond to the few changes we were able to make, and that’s encouraging.
“There’s a lot to build on and we’re all pretty excited about Adelaide (this weekend’s Clipsal 500 meeting).”
A second Tasman Motorsport VE will be ready for Adelaide.
Both cars will carry GMC (Global Machinery Company) livery for the round, and the following round in Perth three weeks later.
Photo caption: Greg Murphy shaking down the Tasman Motorsport VE Commodore at Winton, near Melbourne, last week.