FF1600 champ takes debut historic pole
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