Tasman Motorsport has put its two new VE Commodores through their paces in a final shakedown test before the Pukekohe V8 Supercar round next week.
April 12, 2007, 5.15pm. Jason Richards' best lap of the Winton circuit in his new Tasman Motorsport MTA Holden Commodore VE was as fast as he's ever run in a test at the Victorian circuit.
Teammate Greg Murphy says he was happy with progress in his VE, and put in some useful miles.
It was the first time the team has had both VEs at a test session, and the final test before next week's hometown race, the Placemakers V8 Supercars at Pukekohe.
Both drivers completed just over 100 laps in their MTA Commodores.
"This was the first time we've tested both VE Commodores together, as only my car was ready for our first test last month, so it was an extremely vital day for the team," Murphy said.
"Jason and I were able to back-to-back each other's cars and that's given us some insight into what's going on and where we need to be with each of them if we're to be competitive.
"Pukekohe is an important event for Tasman Motorsport. Last year was the end of a sensational run of success for me personally and it would be a nice start to my career move to this team if we can bring home a result, especially as it is our last time racing there."
Tasman Motorsport team manager Graham Jenkins says the test was productive.
"While there were no other teams present to gauge ourselves with, we were happy with the progress made, what we were able to resolve and also learn."
Murphy's car was fitted with the first of the team's newest development Holden Motorsport engines for the test, the second motor for Richards' car will be ready this week.
"It's only early days in our engine development programme, but both Murph and Jason were pleased with the new motor," Jenkins said.
Richards “we lapped consistently in the 1m 24s range, and a 24.1' was as quick as I've ever been around Winton at any test."