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Murray moves into double figures in opening Oulton Park BRSCC National race

Niall Murray took his 10th win of the BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 season at Oulton Park in one of his most dominant performances yet.

The Irishman broke the tow from pole on the first lap, and from then was unseen as he romped to a 8.1 second victory in his Van Diemen RF99.

Second place was defended staunchly by Swift Cooper’s Luke Cooper at the start of the race, but could not break the tow and was eventually overtaken by Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell.

Eastwell had no such issue, and eked out a gap that meant he was safe in second place in the latter part of the race.

After starting fifth and initially dropping to sixth, Murray’s Team Dolan team-mate Matt Round-Garrido ended up completing the podium in third.

He was beaten off the line by championship returnee Luke Williams, and it took him a lap before he was back through. The battle for second hadn’t broken away, and Round-Garrido swiftly moved past Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Jamie Thorburn.

Getting past Cooper was far more difficult, and Round-Garrido hounded the Swift SC16 driver for several laps before finally getting through at Turn 1 on the last lap.

Cooper almost succumbed to Thorburn’s attacks later in the lap, but still secured fourth.

Don Hardman Racing’s Joey Foster beat Thorburn’s team-mate Nico Gruber to sixth, both benefitting from a crash between Luke and Carter Williams.

On the fourth lap of the race DHR driver Carter lined up a move on KMR’s Luke at Hislops, but misjudged his braking point and rearended the reigning champion. Both managed to keep going, but ended up at the back of the field, with Carter eventually opting to retire. Luke Williams recovered to 12th.

Team Dolan’s Jack Wolfenden finished his first race since his switch from Firman to Van Diemen in eighth, while Rory Smith just won the battle for ninth with B-M Racing team-mate Sebastian Job.

Vincent Jay took an easy win in the Clubman Post-’89 class, with rival George McDonald pulling in on the final lap and failing to finish.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Pro Niall Murray Van Diemen 12 laps
2 Pro Michael Eastwell Spectrum +8.100
3 Pro Matt Round-Garrido Medina Sport +11.017
4 Pro Luke Cooper Swift +11.483
5 Pro Jamie Thorburn Ray +11.771
6 Pro Joey Foster Ray +12.062
7 Pro Nico Gruber Ray +12.952
8 Pro Jack Wolfenden Van Diemen +13.713
9 Pro Rory Smith Medina +20.369
10 Pro Sebastian Job Van Diemen +20.439
11 Pro Johnathan Browne Ray +20.566
12 Pro Luke Williams Spectrum +22.340
13 Pro Thomas Capezzone Swift +32.267
14 CM89 Vincent Jay Ray +1:01.753
15 CM90 Simon Fleet Van Diemen +1:18.147
NC CM89 George McDonald Van Diemen +1 lap
DNF Pro Carter Williams Van Diemen
Fastest lap: Murray, 1:47.864

Championship standings

Murray 444   2 Eastwell 330   3 Round-Garrido 301   4 Cooper 264   5 Foster 258   6 Thorburn 241   7 Neil Maclennan 195   8 R Smith 177   9 Gruber 165   10 Hugo Bentley-Ellis 156
Clubman Post89
1 Jay 422   2 Richard Morris 307   3 Daniel O’Beirne 106   4 Fisher 104   5 John Svensson 97   John Ferguson 94   7 Sam Street 74   8 Fisher 36   9 George McDonald 30
Clubman Pre90
Fleet 140   NC Alan Davidson   NC Nicky Gibson   NC Ian McCulla   NC Ashley McCull   NC Jim Campbell

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