Scott McLaughlin took the overall lead in the V8 SuperTourer championship at Pukekohe, but the Woodstock 500 was all about the successful return to the track of Greg Murphy.
After setting a blistering pole lap on Saturday in the Top-10 Shoot Out, Murphy backed it up with an excellent recovery drive in the first race to take second place and then led the charge to win the second race yesterday.
Race three was won in the pits as well as out on the track when the M3 Racing crew - and co-driver Jack Perkins - got their main man running in just 12 seconds. That gave him a huge lead entering the second phase of the race and safety cars could not prevent Murphy taking the NZIGP Presidents Cup.
''It just feels exactly the same to me as it did back in 2007,'' Murphy said.
''The corners, the bumps, they all seem just like they were before. The whole team did a brilliant job and it was great to come back here and win.''
McLaughlin and Jono Webb won race one on Saturday but could not match Murphy's brilliance on the Pukekohe track and had to settle for the runner-up spot overall.
But his solid weekend, combined with a poor showing from John McIntyre and his team - propelled McLaughlin into the 2012 series lead.
WOODSTOCK 500, PUKEKOHE
1 Greg Murphy/Jack Perkins
2 Scott McLaughlin/Jono Webb
3 Richard Moore/Owen Kelly
- Fairfax Media
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