MUR­RAY SERVES UP AN­OTHER DOU­BLE

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Niall Mur­ray strength­ened his For­mula Ford 1600 Na­tional Post ’89 ti­tle bid at An­gle­sey last week­end, fol­low­ing his Brands Hatch brace with an­other at the con­clu­sion of a thrilling fi­nale.

Mur­ray had to work for his sec­ond vic­tory of the week­end af­ter fel­low front row starter Jake Byrne jumped him into the open­ing cor­ner.

The cham­pi­onship leader fought back at the Bank­ing to take con­trol of the race and can­tered to the win, leav­ing Byrne a lonely sec­ond.

All eyes were on the bat­tle for third in a train of cars, Chris Mid­dle­hurst re­lent­lessly hold­ing off the chal­lenge of Pa­trik Pasma and Chase Owen.

He looked safe af­ter Pasma col­lided with Owen, but the fast ad­vanc­ing Kevin O’hara came from 24th on the grid to al­most steal third at the line.

In the race be­fore, it had been Owen who se­cured the fi­nal step of the podium af­ter Mur­ray beat Byrne com­fort­ably.

The Pre ’90s didn’t quite live up to the drama of the sis­ter se­ries, but Jamie Jar­dine and Jaap Bli­jleven up­staged favourite Ben Tin­kler.

Jar­dine won the opener ahead of Bli­jleven and Ian Wolfenden, but re­tired from the fol­low­ing sec­ond race af­ter a black flag for a fuel leak. That handed the win to Bli­jleven ahead of Tin­kler and Nick Barnes.

The vis­it­ing Ir­ish Global Lights made their jour­ney to Wales a mem­o­rable one with a bevy of high-speed over­tak­ing in a trio of close races.

Chief pro­tag­o­nists Peter Dren­nan and Conor Far­rell bat­tled for vic­to­ries in all three, with Dren­nan tak­ing the first.

At no point could Dren­nan re­lax, reg­u­larly swap­ping places with his ri­val on the long straight and into Rocket.

Af­ter sur­viv­ing a late move from Far­rell, Dren­nan took the top step ahead of Far­rell and John Mur­phy.

Far­rell then re­sponded with two wins of his own, with the third race the most chal­leng­ing. A safety car to re­cover a stranded car set up a two-lap dash to the flag, with Far­rell and Ivor Miller jump­ing Dren­nan early into the sprint to win.

Dren­nan couldn’t keep up with the form man in the sec­ond race ei­ther, with James Thomp­son pip­ping him for sec­ond be­hind Far­rell.

The Porsche Cham­pi­onship had Richard Styrin’s dom­i­nant sea­son take a frus­trat­ing turn with Richard Avery win­ning twice to Styrin’s solo vic­tory.

Styrin was laps from mak­ing it two from three in the fi­nale, but slowed out of Church late on to al­low his ri­val into the lead af­ter Avery over­came Garry Lawrence and Kevin Molyneaux.

Avery had also won the first event aided by se­cur­ing pole as Styrin started third. His ri­val quickly took sec­ond, but was un­able to pre­vail af­ter hound­ing Avery for most of the race.

The sec­ond race proved to be Styrin’s only win, tak­ing the po­si­tion ahead of Avery and Molyneaux, the lat­ter tak­ing three third places at An­gle­sey.

The Honda VTEC Chal­lenge and 4 Two Cup races were dom­i­nated by Robert Burkin­shaw’s In­te­gra Type R, but there was a good bat­tle for the podium places in the fi­nale with Peter Dixon and Neil Wrenn even­tu­ally tak­ing the podium.

The first was more pedes­trian with Burkin­shaw beat­ing Jeff Cooper and Dixon. In the Smart Car class, Alan and James Palmer shared wins.

Tim Davis bounced back from his Snet­ter­ton en­gine fail­ure by al­most claim­ing a clean sweep of the three TVR Chal­lenge races, but was de­nied in the fi­nale by Dean Cook. The two were largely in a class of their own, with Ja­son Clegg fin­ish­ing a dis­tant third each time.

The MGCC Cock­shoot Cup had fairly static rac­ing but there was a good bat­tle be­tween Ross Makar and Gary Wet­ton’s ZRS, with each shar­ing a win.

Thomp­son (l) and Far­rell bat­tle in Ir­ish Global Lights

Byrne (be­hind) briefly threat­ened Mur­ray

Cook de­nied Davis a TVR clean sweep at An­gle­sey

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