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Murphy/Stanaway to finally test Bathurst wildcard

01 Jun 2022
Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway to cut their first laps aboard the #51 Boost Mobile Commodore
3 mins by James Pavey
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Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway will make their long-awaited track debut aboard their Bathurst wildcard.

The New Zealand duo will travel to Australia next week to test their #51 Boost Mobile Commodore at Winton Motor Raceway on June 7.

It comes after Erebus Motorsport confirmed the four-time Great Race winner Murphy and countryman Stanaway will race a third Erebus Commodore at October’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

Next Tuesday’s test day marks the first time the co-drivers will sample the Commodore after travel restrictions prevented the wildcard from making an appearance at last December’s race.

Erebus Motorsport confirmed the revival of the wildcard entry in April, with three test days planned ahead of the Great Race.

Murphy and Stanaway will attend the team's Victorian base on Monday for a seat fitting ahead of Tuesday's first test day.

After next week’s initial test, the Erebus Commodore will again be rolled out for its second test day on August 16 and a final test day on September 20.

It will be Murphy's first Bathurst start in eight years and Stanaway's first race since 2019.

"I don’t think I can put into words how important these test days will be for Richie and I, they’re so critical for us," Murphy said following April's announcement.

"Parts of the puzzle have been underway for a while and now with COVID sort of out of the way, we can absolutely be set on some goals and plans which will make a big difference.

"A lack of testing was the biggest thing for me last year that really had me questioning whether we were going to be able to do the event and do it justice.

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The 2021 wildcard livery

"For me, this initial test day is really just about finding my feet again and getting some of the basics back into my brain, going away and thinking about it to prepare myself for the next test.

"I’d love to be able to turn up and be really comfortable straight away and feel really positive moving forward but I’m also trying to be realistic.”

It marks the first test running of the Erebus Commodore since October last year during the team’s driver evaluation day.

The Boost-backed car will feature a test livery at Winton ahead of its new Bathurst colour scheme to be revealed later this year.

Fans are welcome to attend the event.

This year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 will be held on October 6-9. Tickets for the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 will go on sale today at 3pm AEST.

Trackside tickets, Paddock Passes, Priority Parking and Reserved Grandstand seating located along the main straight at the bottom of the mountain and one covered grandstand at the famous first turn all go on sale to the general public. Click here for information.

The 2022 season will resume in Darwin on June 17-19. Purchase your tickets now.

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