Murph gets gravel gig

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT -

Holden Am­bas­sador and four-time Bathurst cham­pion, Greg Mur­phy, has set him­self a new mo­tors­port chal­lenge, one which will see him swap 300km/h laps charg­ing around The Moun­tain to slid­ing side­ways around the back coun­try roads of New Zealand.

The new en­deav­our will part­ner Mur­phy with ex­pe­ri­enced rally cham­pion Josh Marston in a two-car team, com­pet­ing in the 2017 New Zealand Rally Cham­pi­onship in pur­pose­built four-wheel-drive NZAP4-spec Holden Bari­nas.

“Greg Mur­phy is syn­ony­mous with Holden and mo­tors­port, so we were nat­u­rally very en­thu­si­as­tic to be­come in­volved with the team when he ap­proached us with a pro­posal to en­ter the rally cham­pi­onship,” said the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Holden New Zealand, Kris­tian Aquilina.

“I had to be part of it,” says Mur­phy of the re­vi­talised lo­cal rally cham­pi­onship.“The new AP4 class is so ex­cit­ing, it was not hard to make the de­ci­sion to be in­volved."

While Marston is still to make a de­ci­sion on his co-driver, Mur­phy will con­tinue with ex­pe­ri­enced co­driver Mark Leonard.

“The more time Murph has in a rally car he just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter,” says Leonard. “It’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing work­ing up to a four­wheel-drive ve­hi­cle, but he is well ca­pa­ble of it.”

“There’s lots to learn,” said Mur­phy. “There is plenty to do and it’s great hav­ing Josh and his ex­pe­ri­ence on board. We have a great and ex­pe­ri­enced team around us and we are all re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in next sea­son’s cham­pi­onship.

“At the end of the day it’s all about the en­joy­ment and we are just so ex­cited about be­ing part of the top end of ral­ly­ing in New Zealand and hav­ing Holden on board.”

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