FF1600 champ takes de­but his­toric pole

Autosport (UK) - - CLUB AUTOSPORT - MAR­CUS PYE

Newly crowned BRSCC Na­tional Formula Ford cham­pion Niall Mur­ray left a huge im­pres­sion on his his­toric de­but at Cas­tle

Combe last Satur­day when he qual­i­fied Niall Mcfad­den’s 1963 Jaguar E-type on pole for the GT & Sports Car Cup race.

The two met when fam­ily team Mur­ray Mo­tor­sport ran Mcfad­den in Fi­esta En­duro races in Ire­land. Mur­ray tested the car on Thurs­day be­fore the Combe meeting but the head gas­ket blew. “I re­ally liked Combe when I raced there for the first time this sea­son [scor­ing an FF1600 tre­ble], but didn’t know what to ex­pect in the rain,” said Mur­ray. “The Jag’s heavy but han­dled re­ally well, and had grip, but find­ing clear laps was dif­fi­cult.

“I didn’t have a clue what any of the cars were or who was who. When I no­ticed a faster car catch­ing me [Ben Adams’s Lola Mk1] I let it past. Then I saw P1 on his pit board so I chased him, but I was very sur­prised to get pole on my fi­nal lap.”

Mur­ray took over the car from 19th and set some im­pres­sive lap­ti­mes, al­though a safety car ham­pered progress.

Mur­ray put the E-type on pole

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