Greg Murphy’s recent back injury has flared up once again, with the Kelly Racing driver sidelined for the next three months while he undergoes further surgery to repair the injury he sustained at this year’s season-opening Clipsal 500.

The New Zealander was involved in a heavy collision with Jonathon Webb during qualifying for the March event’s second race around the street circuit, which led to him being forced to miss that race – and the following championship round in Tasmania later that month – when his back began to play up. His seat was taken over by David Russell for the Tasmanian round of the championship.

This newest round of surgery will see Murphy sidelined for the next four rounds of the championship. He now aims to be fit enough to return for the endurance rounds of the year, starting with the Sandown 500 in mid-September.

“Despite the discectomy procedure I had after Clipsal, the disc has continued to rupture and I’ve been in a fair amount of pain and discomfort this week,” Murphy said in his announcement.

“I need to get the vertebrae fused to sort this once and for all and while it means I’ll be out of the car for the next three months, I expect to be 100% and back racing by the end of September.”

The team plans to announce details of its replacement driver on Monday. The next round of the championship is the SkyCity Triple Crown at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway next weekend.

The entire team of course wishes Greg a speedy recovery.

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