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New Zealand motorsport great Greg Murphy's Supercars return is in huge doubt with the four-time Bathurst champion nearing a travel deadline to Australia ahead of next month's race.
Murphy and fellow Kiwi Richie Stanaway were set to race at the December 5 1000km endurance classic in a Boost Mobile-backed Holden Commodore.
The pair however have until Friday afternoon to be granted approval from New Zealand officials to enable them to travel across the Tasman freely.
While Murphy and Stanaway can travel to Australia, it is uncertainty over their return to New Zealand which has put their entry in jeopardy.
Both drivers are attempting to get approval from within New Zealand's managed isolation and quarantine system (MIQ) or otherwise be granted an exemption from the NZ government.
"We have the car built and ready, and everything is in place," Boost Mobile founder Peter Adderton said.
"Well, almost everything.
"We also need to make sure the guys can get back home to their families after the race or this simply won't be possible, and we'll need to make a decision by the end of the week."
The race would be Murphy's 23rd start at Bathurst, seven years after the 48-year-old retired from Supercars racing in 2014.
Stanaway, who walked away from racing in 2019 after a 61-race Supercars career that included victory in the 2017 Sandown 500, would be making his fifth start in the Bathurst 1000.
"We have played by the same rules as every other person trying to get a spot in MIQ and now can only hope something comes through from the government," Murphy said.
"COVID has impacted so many people in far more serious ways, we know it is a hugely challenging time for so many, but naturally the thought that this opportunity may not eventuate is still very disappointing."