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Greg Murphy wins first SuperTourers race

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Saturday 18th February, 2012 - 12:18pm

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Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy has won the first-ever V8 SuperTourers race, coming from behind to score victory at Hampton Downs.

The four-times Bathurst 1000 winner and New Zealand legend made a sluggish start and dropped to as low as third in the opening corners before picking his way up to the front, scoring his first win in a motor race since his V8 Supercars win at Surfers Paradise in 2005.

“It’s fantastic,” Murphy said as soon as he hoped out of his Mike Pero Holden Commodore.

“It’s awesome to be in New Zealand and racing – and winning is not bad either.”

Murphy and pole-sitter Kayne Scott were forced to follow the fast starting Andy Booth, who moved into the lead at the start and remained there for the first 13 laps.

Murphy tried an outside move on Booth at the hairpin on Lap 12. That attempt failed, but an aggressive pass stuck at Turn 1 on Lap 13.

Once in front, Murphy was not touched.

While Murphy scooted into the distance, Booth was left to fend off Scott and Jonny Reid. Scott made his move at Turn 1 on Lap 15, while Reid was unable to make an impression on the former New Zealand Grand Prix winner.

Reid ended up fourth, the first of the Falcons, from fellow Ford driver Craig Baird.

Andy Knight, Eddie Bell, Ant Pedersen finished sixth through eighth, with John McIntyre making up four spots from an average qualifying performance to take ninth.

Scott McLaughlin was involved in a Lap 1 incident that saw him turned around at the hairpin. He dropped to the tail of the field, climbing up to 10th place.

Australian driver Steve Richards finished down in 13th.

See results below …

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 51 Greg Murphy 20 22:02.854 1:05.139 10 145.351
2 99 Kayne Scott 20 22:04.944 2.090 1:05.438 11 144.687
3 23 Andy Booth 20 22:05.906 3.052 1:05.433 9 144.698
4 2 Jonny Reid 20 22:06.428 3.574 1:05.211 10 145.190
5 27 Craig Baird 20 22:08.444 5.590 1:05.601 18 144.327
6 5 Andy Knight 20 22:09.710 6.856 1:05.556 7 144.426
7 69 Eddie Bell 20 22:10.476 7.622 1:05.432 7 144.700
8 96 Ant Pedersen 20 22:11.537 8.683 1:05.453 10 144.653
9 47 John McIntyre 20 22:13.358 10.504 1:05.747 9 144.007
10 93 Scott McLaughlin 20 22:14.611 11.757 1:05.093 12 145.453
11 15 Paul Manuell 20 22:16.030 13.176 1:05.810 19 143.869
12 10 Richard Moore 20 22:20.567 17.713 1:05.883 11 143.709
13 556 Steven Richards 20 22:28.718 25.864 1:05.801 14 143.888
14 66 Colin Corkery 20 22:30.695 27.841 1:06.480 18 142.419
15 12 Geoff Emery 20 22:32.309 29.455 1:06.263 11 142.885
16 22 Andre Heimgartner 20 22:45.063 42.209 1:05.491 16 144.569

 

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