Race by race: How Mur­ray, Malvern and co made it through to the Fes­ti­val fi­nal

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Chaos at Druids on the first lap, trig­gered by a move from Joey Foster on Chase Owen and Parker Thomp­son, paved the way for Stu­art Gough to take a com­fort­able win in the open­ing heat – the Van Diemen DP08 driver say­ing he was driv­ing at “about 80 per cent com­mit­ment”. Andy Chars­ley and Noel Robin­son com­pleted the podium.

Niall Mur­ray was un­stop­pable in heat two, hold­ing off Luke Wil­liams and Oliver Askew through­out. No safety cars dur­ing the race en­sured a semi-fi­nal pole for Mur­ray.

Scott Malvern jumped pole­sit­ter Luke Cooper at the start of heat three and went on to take a nar­row vic­tory. Scot­tish cham­pion Neil Ma­clen­nan claimed the fi­nal podium spot after pass­ing Jake Byrne early on.

Semi-fi­nal one was a Mur­ray ben­e­fit, with him win­ning by four sec­onds. The race fea­tured a col­li­sion at Pad­dock, trig­gered by Tom Mcarthur tan­gling with Mur­ray’s brother Eoin which, in turn, sent Matt Cow­ley and Miles John­ston into re­tire­ment. Askew nabbed se­cond at Clear­ways at twothirds dis­tance after Gough made a mis­take at Gra­ham Hill Bend.

The se­cond semi was a real bat­tle. After Chars­ley and Thomp­son were elim­i­nated fol­low­ing an­other Druids al­ter­ca­tion, there was a thrilling bat­tle for the lead be­tween Malvern and Wil­liams. Malvern even­tu­ally sealed it with an out­stand­ing move around the out­side of Pad­dock. Wil­liams also lost out to Pa­trik Pasma in the clos­ing stages.

Alan David­son won the last chance race after a strong open­ing lap, but the main fo­cus of at­ten­tion was the progress of Ma­clen­nan from the back. In the end he just missed out on a fi­nal spot by fin­ish­ing sev­enth.

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