V8 Supercars – Murphy and Simonsen on Bathurst Podium with Third Place‏

October 11, 2011

V8 Supercars

Pepsi Max Crew drivers Greg Murphy and Allan Simonsen have stood on the famous Mount Panorama podium after finishing third in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in New South Wales today.

One day after Murphy’s sensational pole position in the Top 10 Shootout, the pair scored Kelly Racing’s first Bathurst 1000 podium to cap a strong weekend for the #11 Pepsi Max Commodore.

Murphy led away from pole position in today’s 161-lap race but the middle stages of the race saw the entry slip outside the top 10.

As Murphy clawed his way back into the top 10, race strategy worked to his advantage when a Safety Car was called when the Kiwi ace pitted on lap 139 just as Murphy made his final pit stop.

Murphy was second at the final restart, his chances for a podium were again alive. While he could not keep Craig Lowndes behind, the #11 Pepsi Max Commodore comfortably held third place all the way to the chequered flag.

The #16 Stratco Commodore of David Reynolds and Tim Blanchard also showed strong pace and top 10 potential at Mount Panorama today, but alternator failure saw the Kelly Racing pit crew forced to make two lengthy pit stops to fix the electrical problem.

Such was the pace of the two Stratco Racing young guns that the car was able to get back on the lead lap, recovering to claim 19th place.

Both Jack Daniel’s Commodores also showed top 10 potential, but fell off the lead lap due to problems of their own. Todd Kelly and David Russell’s #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore sheered the drive pegs off the right rear hub, while the #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore of Rick Kelly and Owen Kelly suffered from an oil leak in the closing stages of the race.

Cameron Waters and Grant Denyer had a tough day aboard the #77 Shannons Mars Commodore. After a steady start from Denyer, Waters made contact with the outside wall at Forrest Elbow in his first stint.

With over 50 laps lost while repairs to the front right suspension were made in the Shannons Mars Racing garage, Waters and the car returned to the circuit to be running at the end of the race, albeit too many laps down to be classified as a finisher.

Garth Tander and Nick Percat won today’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 ahead of Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife, with Kelly Racing’s #11 Pepsi Max Commodore of Greg Murphy and Allan Simonsen grabbing third place after scoring pole yesterday.

The 11th event of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship will be held in two weeks time when the Armor All Gold Coast 600 is staged on the streets of Surfers Paradise on October 21-23.

PODIUM STATS:

– The first Bathurst 1000 podium and endurance event podium for Kelly Racing, which was launched in March 2009
– Greg Murphy’s 37th V8 Supercars Championship podium finish (his first for Kelly Racing)
– Allan Simonsen’s first V8 Supercars Championship podium finish

Kelly Racing has now scored nine podiums in its short history:

* Rick Kelly – third place (Saturday at Phillip Island – November 2009)
* Rick Kelly – second place (Sunday at Phillip Island – November 2009)
* Todd Kelly – second place (Saturday at Barbagallo – November 2009)
* Rick Kelly – third place (Saturday at Sydney – December 2010)
* Rick Kelly – second place (Sunday at Adelaide – March 2011)
* Rick Kelly – first place (Saturday at Hamilton – April 2011)
* Todd Kelly – third place (Saturday at Hamilton – April 2011)
* Rick Kelly – first place (Saturday at Darwin – June 2011)
* Greg Murphy and Allan Simonsen (Sunday at Bathurst – October 2011)

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