The Holden Racing Team has announced – as expected – that Greg Murphy will drive for the factory-backed team at this year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 endurance events on the V8 Supercars Championship calendar.
The 40-year-old New Zealander lost all hope of remaining on the grid full-time when he was unable to secure a contract re-extension with the Kelly Racing Team, with one of the major factors being the squad’s move to Nissan power for the 2013 season.
Murphy, a loyal Holden driver, will instead partner either Garth Tander or James Courtney at the headline races. The opportunity came about with regular HRT co-driver Cameron McConville’s appointment as the series’ new Driving Standards Observer, as announced earlier this week.
And with the opportunity to reunite with the team with whom he drove when he claimed his first of his four Bathurst 1000 wins in 1996, it was an opportunity too good to refuse.
“Life’s come a full circle and I couldn’t be happier, I’m back with the Holden Racing Team where it all started. To be part of the factory Holden team feels very right,” he said.
“I didn’t want to be part of a (full-time) team that couldn’t provide a strong prospect of winning races, so the best option was driving in the enduros only with a team that gave me a real chance.”
The HRT team will formally unveil its new car on Monday, ahead of attending the single-day pre-season test session at Sydney Motorsport Park later in the week.