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Greg Murphy: 150 not out

 

Sprint Gas Racing’s Greg Murphy notches up his 150th round start at Sandown Raceway this weekend

The milestone ranks him 11th on the all-time V8 Supercar starters list following his debut at Calder Park Raceway in 1997.

Murphy has the second highest number of V8 starts by a New Zealander in series history - behind Steven Richards who was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia at a very young age.

Over the course of 150 rounds Murphy has accumulated 11 round wins, 28 race wins, 12 poles and 35 podiums.

Some of his crowning achievements include his four Bathurst triumphs, four round wins at New Zealand’s Pukekohe Raceway and his highly sort after Bathurst lap record.

Murphy has also either won races or been on the podium at every track he’s raced on - except for Townsville and Bahrain – and finished second in the championship on two occasions.

Whilst sport thrives on numbers and statistics, these do not weigh heavily on Murphy’s mind.

“150 round starts shows I’ve been around a while and that’s about it,” Murphy said.

“The last 40 odd rounds haven’t been as kind as the first 100.

“I’ve managed to achieve some good results throughout my career so far.

“I’ve driven for some very good teams that have given me some very good cars to drive and I have had some great team-mates.

“I think that I have worked hard at trying to achieve my goals, but the hard work never stops.

“The job is a lot harder now compared to when I was regularly winning races and challenging for championships”.

Murphy’s focus for the foreseeable future is on the continued development of the current Sprint Gas Racing Holdens.

“The last two and a half years have been challenging but the only reason I race is to win, whether it’s Winton, Hamilton, Bathurst or the Championship - that’s why I race,” Murphy said.

“Everyone is currently working very, very hard to get the Sprint Gas cars to where they need to be.

“We’ve had massive changes this year that have made us stronger. Compared to last year we are doing a lot better, but the results unfortunately don’t indicate this.

“With what the team has already done and with what we still have to introduce to the cars, I am really looking forward to the lead up to Bathurst and the run through to Sydney.

“We are still looking for more and with a couple of test days ahead of us it gives us a good chance to get to where I know we should be.”

Greg Murphy and Sprint Gas Racing are racing at the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge this weekend


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