MURRAY: WORLD FINAL IS A TARGET
The Thunder 500 winner Shane Murray says that his plan is to conquer the National Hot Rod World Final in 2017.
The Northern Irishman stunned National Hot Rod regulars by outpacing them all in the Thunder 500 final on Saturday night to land his first big prize since stepping in to the formula.
The 27-year-old has been a regular in two-litre hot rods and won the world title in that category, but decided to step up to the national division at the start of this season.
He has been racing in Northern Ireland, but has had a troubled start to his National Hot campaign and hasn’t accrued enough points to tackle this year’s World Final, which takes place in two weeks’ time.
“I only bought the car at the start of the season,” he explained. “I broke my wrist playing football, so I haven’t been able to race that much. I have done four meetings at home and I won on my first run in the car, so I know I have a good machine. Since we bought it, we have rebuilt it from the chassis up with new suspension and all sorts of things, so it is a top-notch car.”
Murray is planning a full attack on the points championship in his homeland when the 2016/2017 season begins in August, and is aiming to qualify for the World Final in 2017. “I was surprised by my pace at the Thunder 500, and that has made me desperate to qualify next year,” he said.
Murray, whose brother Andrew finished second in the World Final last year, will be racing his two-litre car at Ipswich on July 2/3 on the undercard.