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Murphy confident of Bathurst wildcard rescue

GREG Murphy expects his Repco Bathurst 1000 comeback will go ahead despite the late chassis curveball Erebus Motorsport has been thrown.

Doubt hovers over the long-awaited wildcard entry for Murphy and Richie Stanaway following Will Brown’s heavy crash at Pukekohe on Sunday.

Erebus CEO Barry Ryan’s initial assessment was the car would unlikely be repaired in time for the October 6-9 visit to Mount Panorama. He also ruled out borrowing equipment from a rival team.

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That sets the stage for a possible scenario where Brown and his co-driver Jack Perkins shift into the spare which Murphy/Stanaway were to use and the latter combination misses out altogether.

But Boost Mobile boss Peter Adderton, who is backing the initiative, has vowed to press on and Murphy is confident a solution will be found.

“I think it will be fine,” Murphy said on this week’s Castrol Motorsport News podcast.

“Too much has been done. There’s too much effort, too much work.

“I’ve not been party to any of the conversations that Boost has had with any other teams but I’m told there have been offers and things.

“I just can’t see it being turfed.”

Murphy, 50, sympathised with the position Erebus has found themselves in but hopes the wildcard does remain aligned with the South Dandenong squad.

“It’s the worst-case situation for Barry Ryan and Erebus to have had this happen to them,” said the four-time Bathurst 1000 winner.

“You just shake your head and go… just like Shane (van Gisbergen) came through and won that last race, the flip side is the worst-case things can also happen. Which happened to Erebus on the same day.

“That’s what teams have to deal with and I feel sorry for the guys and girls at Erebus who are going to have to come up with some sort of solution.

“And I hope they do, because they deserve to be a part of that just as much as we do.

“I’m very confident that some solution will be found because everyone wants it to.”

Murphy last contested the Bathurst 1000 in 2014, while Stanaway’s most recent start at The Mountain came three years ago.

The livery which Murphy and Stanaway are set to run at Bathurst. Pic: Supplied
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