David Russell will again stand in for the injured Greg Murphy

As expected, the Kelly Racing V8 Supercars team has announced that its Development Series driver David Russell will serve as the replacement for injured driver Greg Murphy at this weekend’s SkyCity Triple Crown round at Darwin.

We reported earlier last week that Murphy would be sidelined for up to the next three months while he underwent back surgery to treat an early-season injury that had recently flared up.

It is understood that the surgery was performed yesterday, and Murphy should be fit to return to racing duties in time for September’s Sandown 500, the first endurance event of the season.

It is the second time this season that Russell has stepped in for the New Zealander, who was withdrawn from the second round of the season at Symmons Plains (pictured above) after his back started playing up.

The team also unveiled its new-look livery it will run at Darwin
The team also unveiled the new-look livery it will run at Darwin this weekend

It is not yet known if Russell will serve as Murphy’s ‘super sub’ for the entire time he is waylaid, and one expects that the team will have certain performance expectations in place in order for him to keep the deal going.

Make sure you check out RichardsF1.com soon for our complete event preview of this weekend’s SkyCity Triple Crown!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.