Murphy leaves Kmart Racing
Aug 17, 2004
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.