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Murphy has best finish since 2005


Top seven finishes in the second and third races at Winton last weekend gave New Zealander Greg Murphy fourth place for the round.

May 21, 2007, 4pm. Tasman Motorsport's Greg Murphy finished fourth overall in last weekend's dramatic round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship at Winton Motor Raceway, Victoria.

I was Murphy's best result since joining Tasman Motorsport this season, and was also his best individual result since a podium finish on the Gold Coast in October 2005.

Murphy struggled in practice, qualifying his Holden Commodore VE 22nd, then was pushed off-track by Ford Falcon racer James Courtney three laps from the end of Race 1 on Saturday. Murphy had been in a position to finish second.

After starting near rear of grid in Race 2, he finished fourth and was seventh in Race 3.

"Today was tough and the last race was bloody hard," Murphy said.
"We're still struggling with the consistency of our cars and it showed in the final where we had reasonable speed when the tyres were fresh, but once they went off it became a real battle.

"We're not unhappy with fourth and we're taking it, but I was surprised when I was told our overall position. There was a big gap to the three cars that finished in front of us and to be able to record a DNF and still finish fourth demonstrates just how difficult the weekend was for everyone with the varying track conditions."

Murphy’s teammate Jason Richards' weekend wasn't so good. After qualifying in third position and looking like he might claim his and the team's first pole position, Richards left Winton with no points.

"Not finishing in the points is extremely disappointing when considering our car speed and qualifying position,” he said. “There’s not much more you can say than that.

"I made two critical errors in the first two races after working myself back into (the races) after dropping down the order and it proved to be very costly.

"In Race 3 we were able to come from rear of grid to finish 16th but that's one spot short of the points - that's disappointing for everyone on the team."


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