Thursday 14 December 2017

Motorsport: Murray bids to maintain momentum in chase for Eurocup title

Declan Quigley

Saloon star Eoin Murray is up to second place in the Seat Leon Eurocup standings ahead of the next round in Brno on Saturday and Sunday week.

Murray heads to the Czech Republic in fighting form after a brace of third-place finishes in Brands Hatch last weekend helped propel him from fourth to second, within seven points of new series leader Michael Rossi.

The former Alfa Romeo Eurocup champion has been a model of consistency in the top touring car feeder series this season and headed to his old stomping ground in Kent last weekend full of confidence that he could take his first victory of the season.

In the end, Murray will have considered himself fortunate to avoid the carnage of a number of race-two accidents, when driving to his second podium of the weekend.


Meanwhile, Murray's younger brother Niall (15) took victory in both races as the inaugural Ginetta Junior series got under way at Mondello Park on Sunday.

The innovative new championship provides full circuit racing action for 14 to 17-year-old racers and Murray showed himself to be the pick of the bunch in the wet conditions, taking two victories from pole position.

Elsewhere, Gary Thompson gave further evidence of his racing credentials as he recovered from a turn-one trip to the gravel trap to finish fourth in round seven of the Japanese Formula 3 National Class in Fuji last Saturday.

The 17-year-old Dubliner made a lightening start from sixth, but ran wide at the first turn, precipitating another of his trademark recovery drives as he scythed through the field to finish fourth.

The reigning Formula BMW Pacific Rookie Cup winner finished sixth in round eight on Sunday and remains fifth in the championship standings.

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