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Murphy 10th in Queensland


Kiwi Greg Murphy rebounded from a disastrous qualifying to finish 10th overall for Iscar Tasman Motorsport at last weekend’s seventh round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship at Queensland Raceway.

Murphy started Saturday’s first 38-lap race 26th, but moved through the field in each of the three races – finishing 19th in Race 1, 12th in Race 2 and seventh in the final race.

“I doubt many people would have thought we’d end up 10th overall after qualifying,” he said. “But we were able to get through each race unscathed and come away with some points.

We can be happy with our fight back, but we want better than 10th.”

His team-mate, Jason Richards, failed to finish Race 1, but came home right behind Murphy in the other two, 13th and eighth.

He aids his dislike for the Queensland track and his impending fatherhood pushed him to drive faster.

“Everyone knows that I’ve never really liked this place and so figured if I could get to the finish quicker I’d be out of here faster – and that’s what I wanted to do,” he said.

“My wife, Charlotte, is also due to have our first baby any minute now. I don’t want to miss the birth. You could say they were both huge motivators in producing a better result than yesterday.”

Richards finished the round 14th overall, with both Murphy and Richards remaining 13th and 15th respectively in championship points at the halfway mark of the season.

Team manager Graham Jenkins said though 10th and 14th overall appeared respectable, a better start to race weekends would precede greater results.

“The facts are that we’re not fast enough out of the box and need to claw our way back through the field during the races,” he said.

“If we could produce a faster car first up Friday our results would be better. That will be the focus of our energies over the coming weeks.”

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