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Ripping Yarns: Murphy’s pain amid Sydney stoush

V8 SLEUTH is celebrating the festive season with a series of great racing tales from the Motorsport News archives.

Today’s story was told by Greg Murphy for the 400th edition of MN in 2010.

We were at Eastern Creek for the final round of the (2003) V8 Supercar Championship series.

It is already well-documented that I had to sit out the final race of the year, after twisting my back while doing a burnout during the VB Challenge.

Tim Miles, who was later a partner in Tasman Motorsport, was a friend back then and, rather than sit in the garage, in pain, and watch the race, he offered to drive me back to his house in Sydney.

So, there was I, lying flat on my back, in the back seat of his BMW. It had a TV in it, and he turned it on to pick up the broadcast of the race.

We were on the freeway and I could hear the commentary, but not see the screen from where I was lying.

Suddenly, it all got serious. I could hear the commentators making a fuss, which turned out to be the incident between Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall.

I made Tim stop and dragged myself up so that I could see the screen. I felt like laughing, but it hurt too much.

Murphy missed the 2003 season finale. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

So that is how you find out you are second in the championship; in pain, in the back seat of a road car, on the side of a freeway!

On the Monday night, I went to the presentation dinner and already, there were people talking about whether I was hurt or whether I missed the last race on purpose.

To this day, nobody has ever been able to tell me what advantage I might have gained by missing the final race.

MORE: Greg Murphy on the V8 Sleuth Podcast

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