Mark Skaife will drive Greg Murphy's Sprint Gas Racing Holden at this weekend’s V8 Supercar event at Winton Raceway
Skaife, who has not driven a V8 Supercar since December last year, will drive in today’s 30 minute first practice session to help out his former Team Manager Jeff Grech and provide feedback on the development of the SGR car.
“Jeff (Grech) called me asking if I’d drive car 51 at Winton,” Mark Skaife said.
“Jeff explained that the team had made really good progress with Murph’s car, the early season test had gone extremely well, development was continuing and he wanted some further feedback.
“I’ve worked with Jeff Grech and Mike Henry over the years and hold them both in very high regard, I didn’t have to be asked to drive Murph’s car twice.
The drive with Sprint Gas Racing is a one off for Skaife.
“This is a one off drive, which I’m really looking forward to after being out of the car since last December,” Skaife said
“It has been difficult going cold turkey since my retirement, but it has always been my plan to drive something throughout the year. I just didn’t think it’d come around this quickly.”
The opportunity to have the five-time Australian Touring Car Champion give Murphy’s car a shakedown is an important one for Sprint Gas Racing.
“To have Mark drive the car is an absolute privilege,” Jeff Grech said.
“Skaifey and I have been friends and colleagues for many years and shared a lot of success together.
“Car 51 represents the first chassis that Sprint Gas Racing has built from the ground up; to have someone with so much experience give their feedback is invaluable.
Mike Henry, Sprint Gas Racing’s current Engineering Manager and former HRT engineer, is looking forward to hearing Skaife’s feedback.
“Mark’s technical feedback and engineering understanding is first class, having him drive the car will be massive for the team,” Mike Henry said.
Mark Skaife will drive Greg Murphy’s Sprint Gas Racing Holden Commodore in the first practice session at Winton Raceway today between 12.35pm and 1.05pm.