Positive V8 Supertourer finish for Murphy and tyre partnership

Positive V8 Supertourer finish for Murphy and tyre partnership

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Whilst Greg Murphy claimed a back-to back championship win in the V8 Supertourer series, the season has ended positively with the series re-signing its business partnership with Hankook Tyre, and also announcing a new summer calendar.

Murphy claimed the overall win at the fourth and final round of the 2014 BNT V8 SuperTourer championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway last weekend.
It his second back-to-back V8 SuperTourer championship, after dominating the series, by winning 11 of the 13 races in the sprint season.

Spanning four circuits and all weather conditions, the 2014 season tested both the dry weather performance of the Hankook Ventus F200 slick, and the wet-weather performance of the Hankook Ventus Z207 tyre.

Failing to win just two races over the four-rounds, Murphy lost the final race of the season to his M3 Racing teammate Richard Moore; but was also keenly aware of the importance of ‘the show’.

“It’s about racing and entertaining, that’s what people love to see. It’s not about me winning all the races,” says Murphy.

“It was fun to race with Richard, he’s been driving superbly.”

For Murphy, it was an impressive feat considering his 2013 title was his first championship win in 17 years.

The 2014 BNT V8 SuperTourers ran in front of 128,000 spectators, during the round of the Australian V8 Supercars at Pukekohe Park Raceway. This was also the first time that both V8 categories had run on the same programme, on the same day, and it was fascinating to see the lap time differences between the two specifications of Ford and Holden touring cars.

While the outright lap records between the two categories are just 0.6 seconds apart, it’s the substantially lower cost of the V8 SuperTourer, coupled with its same-size 18-inch Hankook tyres that prove the most interesting comparison. While the V8 Supercars use hand-built and tuned 5.0-litre engines producing around 635hp, the V8 SuperTourers use 7.0-litre V8s, mildly tweaked to produce 575hp.

The BNT V8 SuperTourer championship also enters a new phase, with series organisers announcing a new Summer-series 2014/2015 championship.

“We were the odd-man out with the rest of New Zealand motorsport, and this will align us,” says V8 SuperTourers CEO Ray Noonan. “We will start off the new 2015 season with the three enduro rounds starting in September, and finish with the Sprint series in 2015 with the V8 Supercars in April.”

Hankook Tyre has also renewed its partnership with the series, strengthening the deal for a further three years, utilising the Hankook Ventus F200 slick.

Passing its toughest tests – from the rain of Highlands Park, to the 70 lap torture test of Pukekohe, the F200 and F207 (wet) tyres have proven both fast and consistent, and cost-effective, which is particularly important for the series that featuring cars that cost less than half the price of a V8 Supercar.

Teams will now utilise a five-month gap to prepare for the start of 2014/2015 season, with round one on Sept 27-28 at Taupo Motorsport Park, before heading to Hampton Downs Raceway, Nov 1-2, and Pukekohe Park, Nov 28-30.

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