Stanaway’s strong Eseries form gauge for Bathurst: Murphy

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 03/09/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

Greg Murphy believes Richie Stanaway can translate his strong Eseries form into his wildcard appearance at this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

Murphy and Stanaway will share a Boost Mobile Erebus Motorsport wildcard entry in this year's Great Race.

Both drivers took to Pocono Raceway overnight for the second round of the Cash Converters Supercars Eseries.

Stanaway won his second race in a row, with Murphy - a wildcard for Auckland Unlimited’s Team Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland - finished 13th.

“He’s doing exactly what we would be doing if we were in the real car, teamed up together at Bathurst,” Murphy said of Stanaway.

"He’s doing all the hero stuff, the fast stuff at the front of the field, and I’ll just be sort of meandering behind."

Murphy remains in disbelief he is heading back to Mount Panorama to race for the first time since 2014.

However, he was excited to act as Stanaway’s wingman at the marquee event.

Bathurst 1000 wildcards set for battle

"I was bribed, I was guilt trapped into it by Mr Peter Adderton,” Murphy joked.

“I had to get my head around it, but I’m going back again as the co-driver, this time around with Richie.

“I have become quite used to the thought of it and I’m actually now quite excited about the prospect, and going there in a totally different way of racing.”

Murphy also acknowledged that the resumption of his rivalry with Russell Ingall is also on his mind.

Ingall and Feeney team up for this year's Bathurst 1000

Ingall, the 2005 series champion, will compete alongside Broc Feeney in a Supercheap Auto-backed Triple Eight wildcard.

"We went through so many different phases, but it will be great for Supercars as a whole, just to have a few more different talking points,” Murphy said of his Ingall rivalry.

"There’s definitely a bit of pressure on between the two of us to see who comes out on top, no doubt."

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