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Murphy set for DTM laps

GREG Murphy will perform special demonstration laps at this weekend’s New Zealand Grand Prix aboard a race-winning DTM car.

Highlands Motorsport Park is hosting the 68th edition of the NZGP across February 16-18, where the TA2 Trans-Tasman Challenge will also be decided.

In addition to several more support categories, rounding out the bill will be demonstration runs of the 2023 Bathurst 1000-winning Camaro Supercar and an Aston Martin Vulcan, plus the Murphy-piloted DTM car.

The latter is chassis R12-304, built by Audi Sport Team Abt in 2006 and driven to third in that year’s series by Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen.

In a star-studded field featuring Mika Hakkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jean Alesi, Mattias Ekstrom and Bernd Schneider, Kristensen chalked up victories at Oschersleben and Zandvoort.

The car was handed over to Team Rosberg for the following season and raced by Mike Rockenfeller, with the highlight being a podium at Oschersleben.

Audi Sport sold the car to Team Kolles in 2008, which fielded in it ex-Formula 1 driver Christijan Albers.

As for the NZGP main event, which doubles as the final round of the 2024 Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship, drivers will be vying to join a roll call of winners headlined by the likes of Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Keke Rosberg and Shane van Gisbergen.

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