One year since four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy and compatriot Richie Stanaway announced their comeback, the New Zealand pairing have made their long-awaited return to Supercars.
It was on this day last year that Erebus Motorsport confirmed Murphy and Stanway would field a Boost Mobile-backed wildcard at the Bathurst 1000.
Murphy and Stanaway were set to have their first taste of the Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus Commodore at Winton yesterday, though wet weather forced it to be postponed until today.
The #51 wildcard rolled out a new-look test livery, after an initial design was unveiled last October to contest the 2021 running of the Great Race.
Both Murphy and Stanaway were unable to attend the event due to travel restrictions, so today marks the duo’s first time behind the wheel since their wildcard campaign was announced last June.
Murphy returns to the field after an eight-year hiatus from racing and three years since stepping into a Supercar, meanwhile Stanaway makes his comeback since retiring from full-time competition at the end of 2019.
Today’s test, which was more about getting comfortable in the car, is the first of three official test days for the Bathurst wildcard, with two additional tests scheduled for August 16 and September 20.
The 2022 Bathurst 1000 will run at Mount Panorama from October 6 – 9.