Quad bike cham­pion to team up with Fan­nin in Brit­car As­ton Van­tage

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

Cham­pion quad bike racer Chris Mur­phy will ful­fil a long-stand­ing am­bi­tion and move into car rac­ing this sea­son when he con­tests the Brit­car En­durance Cham­pi­onship with a brand new As­ton Martin Van­tage GT4.

The 54-year-old from Ox­ford­shire will share the car with for­mer Bri­tish GT4 cham­pion Jody Fan­nin in the eight-round se­ries, which starts at Sil­ver­stone on March 26.

Mur­phy has wanted to race cars since par­tic­i­pat­ing in au­totests with Wit­ney Mo­tor Club 37 years ago but at the time was un­able to make the com­mit­ment as he was busy build­ing up his suc­cess­ful dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany and rais­ing a young fam­ily. In­stead he took up quad rac­ing in 1997.

To pre­pare him­self for the switch to the track Mur­phy has had a busy win­ter, in­clud­ing test­ing the car at Va­len­cia.

“I have com­pleted nu­mer­ous track­days with Zak Mercer and hired a Re­nault Clio from Mark Fish Mo­tor­sport for gen­eral tests and to learn the cir­cuits,” said Mur­phy while test­ing the Clio at Don­ing­ton Park.

“I am not set­ting any real car rac­ing tar­gets for my first sea­son, apart from not fin­ish­ing last,” he added.

Mur­phy will move to cars

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