Greg Murphy and Rick Kelly have dominated this year Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst, the Kmart Racing pair controlling the race from the front and charging the chequered flag ahead of Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton.

Steve Ellery and Luke Youlden joined them on the podium when a controversial late race penalty robbed Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly of second place.

Murphy and Kelly appeared to have speed to spare all day after driving conservatively in the opening stint to conserve fuel.

"It is pretty indescribable, it has been a fairy tale weekend," Murphy said, backing up the fastest ever lap at Bathurst yesterday with his third win today. "Often when you have a good couple of days it doesn't hold up in the race, but it did today.

"The weekend all up has been phenomenal, undoubtedly this is the highlight of my career so far.

"We ran a fairly basic strategy and we really fell into our windows easily. There was nothing stupendous, we just stuck to our strategy and it paid off."

For Rick Kelly the win is his first in the V8 Supercar Series, and makes him the youngest ever winner of Bathurst.

"It is certainly the race to win as your first one," he said. "It is not easy to stand there and watch your car going around at the end. We had unbelievable reliability this weekend, but you don't win it until you cross the line."

He said he was also in mixed emotions about the fate of older brother Todd who was sharing the #1 HRT car with Skaife.

"When Todd was behind us I wanted something to happen to them, and then when it did I felt really bad for him."

Lowndes and Seton were the able to jump from third to second when Skaife was penalised, providing Seton with his best finish here since 1987 and his first ever trip to the podium.

"When I came second in 1987 I didn't get on the podium, and now I've been there its pretty damn good," Seton said. "I really felt the pressure in the first stint, more than in the past, I really didn't want to make a mistake. The pressure was much greater than when I owned my own team."

Lowndes said today turned into a bit of an economy run for the team because it was lacking power compared with some its rivals. "To build three cars this year in a new team has been amazing. We got pretty close today, we came within one spot today of winning Bathurst."

Steve Ellery's small Super Cheap Auto Racing Team was the biggest winner from the penalty to Skaife, jumping onto the podium for the second race in a row while he renegotiates his sponsorship for next year.

"To be honest, I had a flat spot on the front right tyre at the end there and I really didn't need Steve bearing down on me," Ellery said. "I am a bit lost for words, when I saw the flag come out with the number one on it I thought someone was looking down on us these past two races.

"I'd like to be sitting where Rick and Greg are, but today we are third and that is great for me and the team."

Murphy's win today moves him into second in the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship, with series leader Marcos Ambrose coming home in sixth after two extra pitstops late in the race took him out of contention. Ambrose's co-driver today, Russell Ingall has moved into second ahead of Mark Skaife.

 

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