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Old 08-16-2004, 21:34   #1 (permalink)
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The Handbag leaves K-Mart Racing

Well at the end of this 2004 season that is. Teletext in NZ reports that after 4 years Greg Murphy will be leaving KRT at the end of this season to race with PWR and that Jason Bright will be leaving the team.

Teletext is the last to update anything so I'm suprized that this has not been mentioned anywhere else. I tried doing a search and nothing. I beieve that this info is fairly reliable too.

Also it adds that it is quoting from the SMH in Australia.

Teletext Page 162 (Sport 103) If any kiwis want to have a read themselves.

Hmmm...
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Old 08-16-2004, 21:43   #2 (permalink)
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hmm dont see why bright would leave PWR he is doing well....so they swapping?
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Old 08-16-2004, 21:46   #3 (permalink)
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I think that Todd will probably go to KRT, and bright will go back to HRT
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Old 08-16-2004, 21:53   #4 (permalink)
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Kiwi V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy will leave his Kmart Racing team at the end of the current season, joining the PWR team in 2005.

The Kiwi favourite is considered one of the best drivers in the series and will leave the team he has been with for the past four years according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Australian paper said Murphy will join the team current series leader Jason Bright is driving with at the moment, though it is likely Bright will set up his own team for 2005.

The move sets off a series of moves with drivers moving from team to team in a musical chairs situation.

Garth Tander will likely replace Murphy at Kmart Racing, ending his long association with Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Murphy's former teammate, whom he won his first Bathurst title with in 1996, Craig Lowndes has already announced he will join the Triple Eight Team in 2005 with another Kiwi Paul Radisich expected to move aside.

Radisich will be looking for a drive elsewhere and Ford Performance Racing (where Lowndes has moved from) seems the likely place.

There are still many teams to confirm their drivers for the 2005 season so the effect from these changes may yet be more widespread.

Murphy has struggled for speed in recent rounds after making a solid start to the V8 Supercar series. His Kmart Holden has not proved as reliable as he had hoped and some bad luck has left him in sixth place in the championship but a massive 200 points behind leader Bright.

Murphy's teammate Rick Kelly, the son of the Kmart Racing team owner, has upstaged the supercar veteran so far in 2004 and currently sits two places higher than the experienced Kiwi in the championship. But as the championship heads into the endurance section of the series, where Murphy is more suited to the style required for victory, the Kiwi is expected to mount more of a challenge to the leaders.

He will defend his Bathurst title in October in what could be his best opportunity to farewell the Kmart team in style.
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Re: The Handbag leaves K-Mart Racing

Not that I follow V8 Supercars all that closely but I gotta say that I reckon Murph would have been a great asset to FPR. With Lowndes going FPR need someone good at testing and setup and as much as I like Radisich I don't think he's the guy for the gig.
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heres the smh link

http://www.drive.com.au/news/article...XHCBLXYXD.html
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the silly season just got silly'er
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Hope he does shit.
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Well,if Murph goes to FPR,he's getting a better car {not necessarily a better enineered one though}.
Spoke to Glenn Seton on Saturday at Oran Park and he says he's not sure what he's doing next year.But then,he could be playing his cards very close to his chest.
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Old 08-17-2004, 00:13   #10 (permalink)
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Re: The Handbag leaves K-Mart Racing

Heard something about this. One of the Kelly brothers is on the move as well
I think. Throw it all in a pot with Todd Kellys less than inspiring drives and I can
see Bright back in a red one. Dangerous man in a good car, we'd be in more trouble
championship wise if he was in a reliable team this year.
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