Greg Murphy’s “Lap of the Gods” V8 Supercars

Lap of the gods Greg Murphy

To this day, Greg Murphy’s Lap of the Gods remains as one of the greatest moments in Australian motorsport history.

Let’s take a look back to the Saturday, 11th October 2003 the day before the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000.

Ready for the Top Ten Shootout, Greg Murphy was coming off the back of a quick 2.07.9503 second lap during qualifying. In addition, the #51 K-Mart Racing Team Holden VY Commodore was performing extremely well all weekend.

Greg Murphy’s “Lap of the Gods”

John Bowe had already completed his Top Ten Shootout lap posting a spectacular 2:07.956 in the Brad Jones Racing Ford BA Falcon. 

The stage was now set… If Greg Murphy was going to put Holden on pole position, he would have to put it all on the line.

John Bowe watching the lap of the gods

Australian motorsport legend John Bowe watching Greg Murphy’s Top Ten Shootout lap.

Check out the footage from the Supercars YouTube Channel below as Greg Murphy enters uncharted territory on the mountain. Even to this day, you still get goosebumps watching this lap.

Greg Murphy had became the first New Zealand born V8 Supercar driver to set a pole position lap for the Bathurst 1000. Although Kiwi drivers Jim Richards and Paul Radisich had previously been on pole position, it was their Australian co-drivers who set the pole winning time.

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Murphy’s time of 2:06.8594 was the very first time a touring car went under 2:07.00 for a lap around the mountain.  The lap was also a whole 1.0992 seconds ahead of 2nd place John Bowe in the Brad Jones Racing Ford BA Falcon. It would take a further 7 years for a V8 Supercar to lap Mount Panorama faster. 

Still known as one of the greatest moments in Australian motorsport, Murphy’s 2003 Top Ten Shootout lap will always be known as the “Lap of the Gods!”

2003 Top Ten Shootout Results

Pos Team Driver Car Time
1 K-Mart Racing Greg Murphy Holden  2:06.8594
2 BJR John Bowe Ford  2:07.9556
3 HRT Jim Richards Holden  2:08.1466
4 GRM Garth Tander Holden  2:08.4127
5 SBR Marcos Ambrose Ford  2:08.4442
6 FPR Craig Lowndes Ford 2:08.4587
7 HRT Mark Skaife Holden 2:08.5696
8 DJR Steven Johnson Ford  2:08.6875
9 Betta Electrical Paul Radisich Ford  2:09.0925
DNS Castrol Perkins Steven Richards Holden

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