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Local hero Murph takes first race win for Super Cheap Auto Racing

19/4/2005 13:45 (Press Release) - Local hero Greg Murphy’s incredible run at Pukekohe continued when he won today’s first race for the Placemakers V8 International in the Super Cheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore.

Murphy, who won the first three championship rounds held at Pukekohe (2001-’03), quickly moved from his fourth spot on the grid to take the take the lead after the round of pit stops and was never headed, the SCAR Commodore leading home Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife.

“I don’t know what it is about this place – every time I get here everything just seems to click into place. My car was great the entire race, the team did a fantastic job in the pit stop and we were able to keep our heads in front, it’s a great start to the weekend,” Murphy said.

But while delighted with today’s winning effort, Murphy did warn that the job will not be complete until tomorrow.

“Tomorrow is another day – there’s still two more races to go and they’re both longer, so we have to keep our eyes on the big picture and not get too carried away with today’s success.”

Team-mate Paul Weel duplicated his incredible first race effort from the Clipsal 500 four weeks ago when he drove from 24th on the grid to finish 11th – the 25-year-old passing four cars on the first lap then prevailing over a cluster of five cars, including pole sitter Craig Lowndes’ Falcon, in an amazing battle over the race’s closing laps.

“Starting 11th tomorrow is certainly going to make things easier, it sure beats starting back in 24th!” Weel said. “My car was pretty good the entire race, though it did get tail-y towards the end. We had a good stop which made a couple of spots and I was able to make places up on the track, so all in all it was a good day. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and another top 10 finish.”

Sunday’s two races are both 50 laps in length.

In other team news, the Super Cheap Auto Racing crew on Weel’s #50 Commodore won their first round encounter in the inaugural Snicker’s Pit Stop Challenge and will advance to round two at an upcoming round.

1. Greg Murphy, Super Cheap Auto Racing Commodore VZ 2. Russell Ingall, Caltex Racing Ford Falcon BA
3. Mark Skaife, Holden Racing Team Commodore VZ 4. Steve Ellery, Team Betta Electrical Falcon BA 5. Marcos Ambrose, Pirtek Racing Falcon BA
6. Paul Radisich, Team Kiwi Commodore VZ
7. Jason Bright, Ford Performance Racing Falcon BA
8. Todd Kelly, Holden Racing Team Commodore VZ
9. Paul Morris, Sirromet Wines Commodore VZ
10. Jamie Whincup, Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ
11. Paul Weel, Super Cheap Auto Racing Commodore VZ

Release Date: 16/04/2005

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