Murphy to return to famous #51 in 2012

  • Tuesday 17th January, 2012 1:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
51 art 336x224 Murphy to return to famous #51 in 2012

Greg Murphy will return to the #51 in 2012 (PIC: Digitally modified)

Greg Murphy will return to his famous #51 for the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship.

After competing under Kelly Racing’s #11 in 2011 – the number assigned to the team thanks to its partnership with Perkins Engineering – Murphy will switch back to #51 in his Pepsi Max Crew Commodore VE this year.

Murphy first used #51 when he joined Kmart Racing in 2001. He finished in the top four in the V8 championship between 2001 to 2004, all using the #51.

That period included two Bathurst 1000 wins with Rick Kelly, with the 2003 win (plus his amazing 2m06s Bathurst lap) under the #51.

The next six years saw Murphy drive for three teams (Paul Weel Racing, Tasman Motorsport and Paul Morris Motorsport). While top results weren’t as prevalent, he remained entered in #51.

Last year, Murphy switched to Kelly Racing, with #51 being assumed by Development Series outfit Greg Murphy Racing – the team run by Greg’s father Kevin.

In 2012, the Kiwi legend takes back his number.

But can a number change bring him a return to the glory days? Team owner, driver and team-mate Rick Kelly hopes so …

“It has been a big thing for us to be able to juggle a few things around and get #51 back on Murph’s car,” Kelly told Speedcafe.com.

“It has been a massive part of his great career. His profile in the category is up there with the best of the current drivers. The #51 has been a big part of his career – from race wins to Bathurst wins.

“To be able to team Murph and #51 back up for us is exciting, and Murph is excited about that as well.

“It’s a fresh start for him again this year and hopefully that brings him success.”

The first time that Murphy will be seen back in the #51 will be at V8 Supercars’ pre-season test at Sandown Raceway on February 11.

Get your daily racing fix delivered to your inbox!

Try our daily email, The best way to get your news first, fast and free!

By submitting above you agree to the Speedcafe.com Privacy Policy

Contact Us | Advertise with Speedcafe | Privacy | All material copyright © 2014 - Speedcafe.com | Web Design by 7thVision