ZANDVOORT: FF1600

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports - BY NELSON VALKENBURG

Niall Mur­ray took away two wins from the Na­tional For­mula Ford 1600 cham­pi­onship’s out­ing at the Dutch Zandvoort cir­cuit to fur­ther strengthen his bid for a first Bri­tish ti­tle.

The Ir­ish­man en­joyed an easy lights-to-flag vic­tory in the first race as lo­cal racer Mel­roy Heemskerk fought off Stephen Daly and James Raven for sec­ond.

The sec­ond race of the week­end saw the same set of char­ac­ters bat­tle it out for the lead all race long. Heemskerk, who as a guest driver wasn’t el­i­gi­ble to score points, looked to have the race un­der con­trol af­ter Mur­ray dropped back to fifth mid-race be­fore the Van Diemen driver shot back into the lead with just a lap to go and held on for his sec­ond vic­tory of the week­end. Mean­while, Mur­ray’s near­est points ri­val Chase Owen fought back to ninth in race two af­ter fail­ing to fin­ish the first race and thus lost ground in the ti­tle con­test.

The Bri­tish Na­tional races formed part of the third run­ning of the Mar­cel Al­bers Me­mo­rial Tro­phy which en­joyed a ma­jor growth spurt since be­ing con­ceived in 2014, with a qual­ity en­try of more than 60 cars from all over Europe turn­ing out.

Stephen Daly took vic­tory in an ac­tion packed fi­nal as he saw off chal­lenges from Mur­ray, Heemskerk, Owen and the sur­pris­ingly rapid Finn Pa­trick Pasma. With Mur­ray drop­ping back af­ter a driv­ethrough penalty for a jumped start, Daly con­sol­i­dated his lead and stayed ahead of Pasma and Heemskerk to take a well-earned win.

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