Eoin Murray survived a huge eleven car pile up at Brands Hatch in Kent in round eight of the MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship at the weekend. The arguscarhire.com Alfa Romeo was seriously damaged in the first corner crash in race one but fortunately Eoin was unscathed. The crash which occurred during a very wet opening race of the day was as a result of BMW driver Matt Jackson going off on the run out of Paddock hill bend in the opening lap.
Murray’s car was very badly damaged in the incident and the delay in getting his car returned to the garage meant the chance of getting the car repaired in time for race two was impossible, indeed, in the circumstances the team had to work flat out in order for him to line up in time for race three. “I am very disappointed with the length of time it took to have my car returned to our pit garage. This was against a background where the, written-off, cars of drivers with no possibility of racing again that day were returned to them before my car was returned. It was almost two hours after the crash before I got my car back.’’
Despite the best efforts of team Quest Racing the lack of time meant Eoin had to go out in race three without the car being properly repaired and it proved to be impossible to drive. Eoin eventually had to retire the car after two racing laps.
Given the extensive damage to the car Eoin is forced not to compete at Knockhill in two weeks time but will concentrate on getting his car fully repaired for the final round at Thruxton in September.
“I am hugely disappointed not to be competing in Knockhill however the damage to the car has severely dented our budget for this year and I have to look at making the best possible use of the remaining budget before the end of the season. Given the circumstances of the crash I consider myself fortunate that my car is repairable and we will be back out competing before the end of the season.”