V8 Supercars – Greg Murphy Secures Pole At Bathurst

October 8, 2011

V8 Supercars

Few, if any, would ever have thought  a Kiwi and a Dane would lead out the iconic Australian Supercheap Auto Bathurst  1000 on race day. That’s the scenario for tomorrow’s show-stopper at  Mount  Panorama.

 

Some divine intervention helped Greg  Murphy to Armor All Pole position, six years after his famous ‘lap of the Gods’ created motorsport folklore across the world. Now his Danish co-driver Allan  Simonsen, a regular here at Mount Panorama, suddenly has a shot at one of  the world’s most prestigious races.

 

“I don’t know what it is … October,” Murphy said. “I’ve got no idea. Why? It’s a very special place, I can’t get  enough of it. I thoroughly enjoyed that lap. I’ve got nothing for you, there’s  no trick.”

 

Pepsi Crew’s Murphy was out sixth in  the Armor All Shootout today and posted a solid lap. But with Jamie Whincup,  Mark Winterbottom and Garth Tander to follow it would normally not been good  enough. Then the Gods intervened with a heavy downpour. Effectively he was then  not threatened.

 

“That pole position was pretty  unexpected today. I’m tipping that if anyone put money on us today did pretty  well out of it,” Murphy said.

 

“I’ve loved every minute, Al  (Simonsen) is happy, I’m happy. We can win it tomorrow absolutely but so can  they, so can they and probably about half a dozen or more other  guys.

 

“I think it’s going to be a real  ripper of a race, there’s no doubt. I’m enjoying driving this car around here,  it’s doing most things I want.”

 

Simonsen is one of the world’s most  adaptable touring car drivers. He is a Bathurst regular and strong performer on the  Mountain, finishing sixth last year with Murphy in a race they could have won  right up until the end.

 

“I was hoping everything would go  our way,” Simonsen said. “Weather was on our side which helped but the car has  been really good all weekend. Up here you know you need a car that works in all  conditions and that’s what we have got.”

 

FPR’s Trading Post pair Will Davison  and Luke Youlden will start next to Murphy on the grid tomorrow with defeinding  Champions Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes behind, alongside Toll HRT’s James  Courtney and Cameron McConville.

 

Davison profited from a stewards  decision when Lee Holdsworth was penalised five places after qualifying for not  reporting to the scales to have his car weighed following the session. Otherwise  Davison would have started 11th.

 

“I was nearly embarrassed to be  honest but you take the good with the bad in this business,” Davison  said.

 

“You get dealt enough bad stuff that  luck is a part of it. We didn’t do as well as we liked in qualifying yesterday  so I dropped the lip a bit. So today I was pretty determined to put a good lap  on the board.”

 

Lowndes and Skaife are  confident.

 

“We have got parameters in the car  to make sure where we are at. I’m quite happy and comfortable exactly where we  are right now,” said Lowndes.

 

Murphy and Simonsen also finished  the final practice session on top of the timesheets . The fastest time was  almost 20 seconds slower than yesterday’s dry running times due to rain showers  that slowly moved over the circuit throughout the 40-minute  session.

 

The V8 Supercars have an early  morning warmup tomorrow with the race starting at 10.30am. It is live on Seven  and live in full high definition on Seven Mate.

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