BRSCC National

Murray dominates Dolan 1-2 in final race

Niall Murray took a dominant first win of the season in the final BRSCC National FF1600 race at Silverstone.

Despite starting from seventh on the grid, it only took until the third lap for Murray to take the lead, with some stunning around-the-outside moves where he frequently overtook two cars at once.

Once ahead, he was untouchable and eventually crossed the line with 6.543 seconds in hand over Team Dolan team-mate Matt Round-Garrido.

“That was a great race,” said the winner.

“The car felt absolutely perfect. I was just bang, bang, bang with the quick times. I never felt under pressure.”

Round-Garrido spent the early part of the race in fifth, but when Don Hardman Racing man Joey Foster and Dolan’s Jack Wolfenden had a clash at Brooklands, he was promoted to third.

Race two winner Luke Cooper also benefited from the incident to take second, but it didn’t take long for Round-Garrido to get past.

He held off the combined attacks of Cooper and Kevin Mills Racing driver Stuart Gough, who started from pole, to take his first podium in the National championship.

Third place for Cooper means he sits second in the standings, with Murray leading the championship after the first three races.

Gough finished fourth, with Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Jamie Thorburn putting his race two reliability issues behind him to take fifth from 11th on the grid.

Rory Smith equalled his race two result with a lonely sixth, with Nico Gruber coming in an impressive seventh in only his third race in single-seaters.

Foster eventually finished ninth, just behind sole Graham Brunton Racing man Sebastian Melrose, with Michael Eastwell completing the top 10. Michael Moyers ended his race early after contact at Brooklands.

John Ferguson repeated his race two triumph in the Clubman Post89 class, with Vincent Jay and Sam Street finishing second and third in class.

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