Greg Murphy didn’t have the best of racing weekends at Pukekohe but he saluted the thousands who turned out to watch the V8 Supercars’ final rumble at the ultra-fast circuit.
April 24, 2007, 12 Noon. Four times Pukekohe V8 Supercar round winner Greg Murphy says he was delighted with the record crowd which turned out at the historic track south of Auckland to bid farewell to the Aussie V8s.
Murphy didn’t have the best of weekends in the Tasman Motorsport MTA Holden Commodore VE, finishing the round in 13th position.
But he was thrilled by the record crowd that flocked to the rural town for the V8s last hurrah there before they head to Hamilton and a new street circuit next year.
"While the results didn't fall (our way), what a wonderful way for the track to go out with a record crowd of over 130,000 (over the three days of the Pukekohe V8 round)," Murphy said. "It's been an amazing weekend and a brilliant seven years.
"The time is right for the V8s to move on and Hamilton's street race will be sensational for everyone.
“But Pukekohe has done so much for motorsport in New Zealand and there could have been no better way to send it out.
"Pukekohe has given me so many memories and we'll never forget the great times we had. They're memories I'll cherish."
After finishing 12th in last Saturday's first race, Murphy placed 11th and 13th in Sunday's two races.
Photograph of Greg Murphy at Pukekohe by Graham Blow.