Greg Murphy

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Greg Murphy
Greg Murphy 2010 Hamilton 400.jpg
Greg Murphy Hamilton 400 2010
Nationality New Zealander
Born (1972-08-23) 23 August 1972 (age 41)
Hastings, New Zealand
V8SuperTourer
Years active 2012-14
Teams M3 Racing
Car no. 1
Starts 44
Wins 19
Poles 3
Fastest laps 8
Best finish

1st in 2013

V8 Supercar Record
Car number 22
Current team Holden Racing Team
Series Championships 0
Races 197
Round Wins 11
Podium finishes 38
Race Wins 28
Pole positions 13
2013 Championship position 52nd (222 pts)

Greg Murphy (born 23 August 1972 in Hastings, New Zealand) is a racing driver, best known as a four-time winner[1] of the Bathurst 1000. Greg Murphy joined Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond presenting Top Gear Live, when it had its first international Live show at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 12–15 February 2009, and again when the show returned in 2010 with James May replacing Hammond.

History[edit]

Murphy became involved in motorsports by the age of eight, progressing through karts to saloons and single-seaters before moving to Australia. He first competed at the Bathurst circuit in 1994. The following two years he drove for Brad Jones Racing in the Australian Super Touring Championship and the Holden Racing Team (HRT) in endurance events, winning the Bathurst 1000 with Craig Lowndes in 1996. He drove for the HRT full-time in 1997 and almost won the championship. Due to Craig Lowndes' return from overseas, Murphy only drove for the team in the endurance races in 1998.

In 1999, he joined Wynns Racing and paired with Steven Richards to win the Bathurst 1000. In the 2001 V8 Supercar season, Murphy joined the newly formed Kmart Racing team and had two Bathurst 1000 wins with teammate Rick Kelly, in 2003 and 2004. Murphy had two championship runner-ups while at Kmart Racing, in 2002 and 2003. In 2001 and 2004 he finished fourth in the championship.

He is one of the best known V8 Supercar drivers (car No. 51 since 2001) and has won four rounds at his home circuit at Pukekohe, near Auckland (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005). At the Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst, Murphy has the second best record for a Kiwi with four wins, compared to Jim Richards' seven.

Murphy's 2003 pole position of 2:06.8594 at Bathurst stood as the fastest lap ever recorded at Mount Panorama Circuit until eclipsed seven years later.[2][3]

During 2005 and 2006 Murph moved to Paul Wheel Racing (PWR) where he initially had good results until changing to the Perkins engines. Since then Murphy has never really had any outstanding performances. Murphy joined Tasman Motorsport in 2007 where his lack of results continued.[4]

Murphy joined Paul Morris Motorsport in 2010 to drive Castrol supported Commodore.[5] While the partnership looked like it was to reignite the "old murph" his performances and a poor car failed to produce results thus the announcement came in November 2010 that the partnership would split.

Murphy joined Kelly Racing for 2011 in a late deal with major sponsor Pepsi Max. Throughout the year the Pepsi Max Crew car has undergone four different paint schemes all with a graffiti theme. Murphy has had varying success throughout the year and as he has become more comfortable with his car and the team he has had some good performances, including pole position at the Bathurst 1000.[6]

2013 saw Murphy return to Holden Racing Team on a part-time basis, co-driving with Car #22 driver James Courtney in the endurance events. However, Bathurst saw Murphy involved in a heavy crash at Reid Park, therefore ending his chances of finishing the race. The bad luck didn't end there, with yet another serious incident bringing Car #22 down (this time involving Paul Dumbrell from Triple Eight Race Engineering) in Race 1 at Gold Coast.

Notable career events[edit]

  • 1994 – Won the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild driving a Reynard 90D
  • 1996 – Second in the GT2 Class at Le Mans
  • 1996 – Won Bathurst 1000 and Sandown 500 with Craig Lowndes and the Holden Racing Team
  • 1999 – Won the Bathurst 1000 with Steven Richards
  • 2000 – Third at Bathurst with Steven Richards
  • 2001 – Helped to create Kmart Racing after Gibson Motorsport turned to Ford and Craig Lowndes. Finished third at Bathurst with Todd Kelly
  • 2002 – Was given the biggest penalty (five minutes) in V8 racing history because of a pitlane infringement by his team. His car was released early, rupturing a refuelling hose and spilling fuel in the pit box
  • 2003 – Set the fastest lap ever on the 6.213 km (later eclipsed in 2010 by Craig Lowndes) Mount Panorama Circuit during the Top 10 Shootout, with a time of 2:06.8594. Won Bathurst 1000 with Rick Kelly. Won Bathurst 24 Hour with Peter Brock, Todd Kelly and Jason Bright
  • 2004 – Won Bathurst 1000 again with Rick Kelly
  • 2008 – Finished second at Bathurst 1000
  • 2011 – Got pole position for the second time at Bathurst and finished 3rd in the 2011 Bathurst 1000
  • 2012 – Won the first ever V8SuperTourer race at Hampton Downs, then eventually finished Runner-up for the Season.
  • 2013 - Greg Murphy Won the V8SuperTourer Sprint Series and Overall Championship, his first Championship Win in 17 years.


Greg Murphy at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix
Season Series Position Car Team
1992 Nissan-Mobil Series 3rd Ford Sierra RS500 Mark Petch
1994 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Ralt RT23 Holden Triple Eight Racing
1994 Australian Manufacturers' Championship 8th Toyota Carina Orix Racing
1994 New Zealand Gold Star 2nd Reynard 90D Holden
1995 Australian Super Touring Championship 4th Audi 80 Quattro Brad Jones Racing
1996 Australian Super Touring Championship 3rd Audi A4 Quattro Brad Jones Racing
1996 New Zealand Mobil Sprints 1st Holden VR Commodore Holden Racing Team
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Holden VS Commodore Holden Racing Team
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 30th Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team
1999 Shell Championship Series 6th Holden VT Commodore Gibson Motor Sport
2000 Shell Championship Series 6th Holden VT Commodore Gibson Motor Sport
2001 Shell Championship Series 4th Holden VX Commodore K-mart Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 2nd Holden VX Commodore K-mart Racing Team
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 2nd Holden VX Commodore
Holden VY Commodore
K-mart Racing Team
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Holden VY Commodore K-mart Racing Team
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Holden VZ Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 24th Holden VZ Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 13th Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 16th Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 21st Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 19th Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 13th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 28th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2012 V8SuperTourer Championship 2nd Holden VE Commodore M3 Racing
2013 V8SuperTourer Championship 1st Holden VE Commodore M3 Racing
2013 Australian GT Championship 20th Chevrolet Corvette Z06 R-GT3
McLaren MP4-12C GT3
Trofeo Motorsport
VIP Petfoods Racing

Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Number Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1994 56 Bruce Miles Toyota Carina James Kaye 23rd 136
1995 015 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore Craig Lowndes DNF 10
1996 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore Craig Lowndes 1st 161
1997 15 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore Craig Lowndes DNF 38
1998 50 Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore Mark Noske DNF 86
1999 7 Gibson Motor Sport Holden VT Commodore Steven Richards 1st 161
2000 7 Gibson Motor Sport Holden VT Commodore Steven Richards 3rd 161
2001 15 K-mart Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Todd Kelly 3rd 161
2002 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Todd Kelly 13th 159
2003 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore Rick Kelly 1st 161
2004 15 K-mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore Rick Kelly 1st 161
2005 51 Supercheap Auto Racing Holden VZ Commodore Paul Weel DNF 144
2006 51 Supercheap Auto Racing Holden VZ Commodore Cameron McConville DNF 104
2007 51 Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Jason Richards 4th 161
2008 3 Sprint Gas Racing Holden VE Commodore Jason Richards 2nd 161
2009 51 Sprint Gas Racing Holden VE Commodore Mark Skaife 4th 161
2010 51 Castrol Edge Racing Holden VE Commodore Allan Simonsen 6th 161
2011 11 Pepsi Max Crew Holden VE Commodore Allan Simonsen 3rd 161
2012 51 Pepsi Max Crew Holden VE Commodore Owen Kelly 13th 161
2013 22 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore James Courtney DNF 85

V8 Supercar 500km Event results[edit]

Year Track Number Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1995 Sandown Raceway 015 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore Craig Lowndes DNF 132
1996 Sandown Raceway 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore Craig Lowndes 1st 161
1997 Sandown Raceway 15 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore Craig Lowndes 1st 159
1998 Sandown Raceway 50 Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore Mark Noske 6th 145
1999 Queensland Raceway 7 Gibson Motor Sport Holden VT Commodore Steven Richards 6th 161
2000 Queensland Raceway 7 Gibson Motor Sport Holden VT Commodore Steven Richards 3rd 161
2001 Queensland Raceway 15 K-mart Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Todd Kelly 3rd 161
2002 Queensland Raceway 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Todd Kelly 10th 161
2003 Sandown Raceway 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore Rick Kelly 3rd 161
2004 Sandown Raceway 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore Rick Kelly 5th 160
2005 Sandown Raceway 51 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore Paul Weel DNF 140
2006 Sandown Raceway 51 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore Cameron McConville 29th 139
2007 Sandown Raceway 51 Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Jason Richards 14th 160
2008 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 3 Sprint Gas Racing Holden VE Commodore Jason Richards DNF 12
2009 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 51 Sprint Gas Racing Holden VE Commodore Mark Skaife 11th 113
2010 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 51 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Tim Blanchard 13th 113
2011 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 11 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Allan Simonsen 13th 113
2012 Sandown Raceway 51 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Owen Kelly 27th 132
2013 Sandown Raceway 22 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore James Courtney 5th 161

New Zealand V8 Supercar results[edit]

2013 V8SuperTourer Holden VE Commodore
Year Track Number Team Car Round Result
1996 Pukekohe Park Raceway 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 1st
2001 Pukekohe Park Raceway 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VX Commodore 1st
2002 Pukekohe Park Raceway 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VX Commodore 1st
2003 Pukekohe Park Raceway 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore 1st
2004 Pukekohe Park Raceway 51 K-mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore 3rd
2005 Pukekohe Park Raceway 51 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore 1st
2006 Pukekohe Park Raceway 51 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore 15th
2007 Pukekohe Park Raceway 51 Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 11th
2008 Hamilton Street Circuit 51 Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 25th
2009 Hamilton Street Circuit 51 Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 22nd
2010 Hamilton Street Circuit 51 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 14th
2011 Hamilton Street Circuit 11 Pepsi Max Crew Holden VE Commodore 24th
2012 Hamilton Street Circuit 51 Pepsi Max Crew Holden VE Commodore 24th

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1996 14 GT2 71 New Zealand New Hardware Racing
United Kingdom Parr Motorsport
New Zealand Bill Farmer
United Kingdom Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT2 P 313
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6

Complete Bathurst 24 Hour results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
2003 1 A 05 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Peter Brock
Australia Jason Bright
Australia Todd Kelly
Holden Monaro 427C D 527
Chevrolet LS6 7.0L V8

V8SuperTourer[edit]

In 2011 it was released that in New Zealand they were making a new touring car series, Murphy was instantly interested and after talks with Paul Manuell they decided to make M3 Racing which Richard Moore, Paul Manuell and Greg Murphy would drive their three cars. As soon as Greg Murphy confirmed he would be racing in the 2012 season, New Zealand Businessman Mike Pero signed up to be his major sponsor for the season.

In the 2012 season Greg Murphy had a very successful year claiming a pole, 5 race wins and 2 round wins and also the Endurance Championship but because he had to miss two rounds because of back problems he missed out on the overall championship but managed to finish 2nd overall.

The 2013 season Murphy redeemed himself after missing out on the title due to back problems, Murphy managed to win 6 Races and finished on the podium 14 times out of 21 Races, and after a thrilling final race battle with Ant Pedersen, Greg Murphy won his first SuperTourer title.


Complete V8 SuperTourer results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Final Pos Points
2012 M3 Racing Holden VE Commodore HAM
R1

1
HAM
R2

1
HAM
R3

7
RUA
R4

RUA
R5

RUA
R6

MAN
R7

3
MAN
R8

3
MAN
R9

1
HAM
R10

4
HAM
R11

5
HAM
R12

3
TAU
R13

TAU
R14

PUK
R15

2
PUK
R16

1
PUK
R17

1
RUA
R18

13
RUA
R19

5
2nd 3080
2013 M3 Racing Holden VE Commodore HAM
R1

1
HAM
R2

1
HAM
R3

1
RUA
R4

2
RUA
R5

2
RUA
R6

Ret
PUK
R7

2
PUK
R8

2
PUK
R9

1
TAU
R10

7
TAU
R11

4
TAU
R12

10
HAM
R13

1
HAM
R14

Ret
HAM
R15

3
HAM
R16

1
HAM
R17

10
HAM
R18

2
PUK
R19

2
PUK
R20

5
PUK
R21

2
1st 3559
2014 M3 Racing Holden VE Commodore HIG
R1

1
HIG
R2

1
HIG
R3

1
MAN
R4

1
MAN
R5

1
MAN
R6

1
PUK
R7

1
PUK
R8

3
PUK
R9

1
PUK
R10

PUK
R11

PUK
R12

TAU
R13

TAU
R14

SOU
R15

SOU
R16

PUK
R17

PUK
R18

1st * 814 *

* Season in progress

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Craig Baird
Winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix
1994
Succeeded by
Brady Kennett
Preceded by
Larry Perkins
Russell Ingall
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1996
(with Craig Lowndes)
Succeeded by
Geoff Brabham
David Brabham
Preceded by
Steven Richards
Jason Bright
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1999
(with Steven Richards)
Succeeded by
Garth Tander
Jason Bargwanna
Preceded by
Mark Skaife
Jim Richards
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2003, 2004
(with Rick Kelly)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Todd Kelly
Preceded by
Scott McLaughlin
Winner of the V8 SuperTourers Championship
2013
Succeeded by
incumbent