Murph is back
- By Kassie Gadeke
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Fan favourite Greg Murphy is set to return to the cockpit of a Supercar at Winton this week.
The four-time Bathurst winning Kiwi is expected to jump behind the wheel of David Reynolds’ Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore in the 30-minute additional driver session at the Woodstock Winton SuperSprint.
Erebus Motorsport is yet to officially confirm co-drivers for Reynolds and Aaren Russell, but this is understood to be a one-off opportunity.
Reynolds was pleased to have the chance to get 'Murph' in his Penrite-backed Supercar.
"It's always good to get another championship driver's opinion," Reynolds said.
"Greg is a multiple winner in Supercars and it's good to be able to talk to someone who can provide the same or a differing view point. I welcome his feedback."
Erebus general manager Barry Ryan put forward the idea and believes it will pay off for the team, as it continues to learn about its Commodores.
"The opportunity presented itself, I proposed it to Murph and he accepted," Ryan said.
"I have worked with Greg before, his evaluations are detailed and could help us with overall setup."
Murphy’s last race in a Supercar was with James Courtney and the Holden Racing Team in 2014.
While Murphy showed good pace as a co-driver, the pair had a difficult run with issues and incidents at Bathurst and in the Gold Coast races that year.
The 43-year old now plays a vital role in pit lane on the Supercars FOX SPORTS telecast. He sampled all five marques of Supercar last year for a TV segment, including Reynolds’ then Ford Falcon FG X.
Over his Supercars career, Murphy won four Bathurst 1000s, 28 championship races and was dubbed the ‘King of Pukekohe’ with consistent, dominant performances at his home circuit in New Zealand.
Driver-turned-commentator Russell Ingall will also take part in the additional driver session at Winton, after being confirmed as co-driver for Rick Kelly in the Sengled Nissan Altima.
Stay tuned to Inside Supercars tonight on FOX SPORTS 506 at 7.30pm AEST as the panel discusses Murphy’s plan to drive on Friday at Winton.