Irish driver Eoin Murray had been invited by Rangoni Motorsport to help them in the Renault Clio Italian championship for the final two rounds of the season in Misano and Varano. It has been a quiet season so far for Murray after the 2011 Spanish Seat Supercopa Championship, in which had had planned to compete, was axed at the final hour.
Rangoni Motorsport’s regular driver, Spaniard Oscar Nogues is level in the points standing with his rival Ronnie Marchetti. Murray’s job will be to try and finish behind Nogues taking points away from his rivals in the remaining four races and as a result help him win the title.
The former European Alfa Champion flew to Italy last week and had a successful test for the team at Misano. This weekend is expected to see a large grid of Clio’s in excess of 30 cars with the top 6 finishers of race 1 being reversed for race 2, which should make for exciting racing. Free practice will take place on Friday, qualifying on Saturday morning, race 1 Saturday afternoon and race 2 Sunday afternoon.
Murray is a SEAT Brand ambassador and despite his plans to race in the Spanish Seat Supercopa Championship this season being sidelined, he is still planning some selected races in the Italian Seat Supercopa Championship later in the year.
Murray comments ahead of his trip “I am really looking forward to racing a current Clio Cup car in the Italian series for the final two rounds of the season. Although the Clio is a lot different to the type of touring cars I have been racing in recent years, I still enjoyed driving the car and the track for the first time last week and the test went very well. I’m honoured Rangoni Motorsport have chosen me to help them in their quest to win the Clio title this year.”