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Skaife and Murphy pair up


Sprint Gas Racing ispreparing for a big comeback at Bathurst, by pairing up stars Mark Skaife and Greg Murphy

Retired five times Bathurst winner Mark Skaife will return for this year’s V8 enduros with four times winner Greg Murphy to form the best credentialed pairing on the 2009 Mt Panorama entry list.

Greg Murphy and Mark Skaife will drive the #51 Sprint Gas Racing Holden at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island and the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

“It’s exciting for the team and the sponsors to have Mark Skaife join us,” Greg Murphy said.

“Experience counts for heaps at Bathurst and Skaifey’s got more of that than anyone else out there."

In what is a dream pairing for not only Sprint Gas Racing but V8 Supercars, the drivers have experienced success at Mount Panorama on nine occasions between them and will be aiming for a 10th.

A win would emulate the multi-race winning heroics of past pairings such as Peter Brock and Allan Moffat in 1986 (10), Skaife and Jim Richards in 2002 (11) and Brock and Richards in 1988 (12) at the top of the list.

Although both drivers have raced in Holdens for a combined 35 years they have never co-driven with each other - even with both racing at HRT in 1997 and 1998.

Sprint Gas Racing Sporting Director Jeff Grech is relishing having Murphy and Skaife in the one car.

“This is a big coup for Sprint Gas Racing,” Grech said.

“Murphy and Skaife together is a formidable pairing; they have a lot of experience, have had a lot of success and are still absolutely focussed on one common goal – to win.

Sprint Gas Racing came second at Bathurst in 2008.

The L&H 500 at Phillip Island is on September 12-13 and the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is held on the weekend of October 10-11.

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