Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young driver of the year Eoin Murray tightened
his stranglehold on the European Alfa Romeo Championship at Spa Francorchamps (Belgium) this weekend with a fine drive to third spot on the
podium. The Holfeld F1 Components & Alfa Romeo Ireland backed driver is now 37 points ahead of his nearest contender going into the last four rounds of the championship.
Murray, who topped the times at free practice, all weekend, was hampered by a broken shock absorber for qualifying and had to settle for fifth position on the grid. The start of the race was less than perfect when a slipping
clutch dropped him to eight as they headed off up Eau Rouge for the first time. The first seven cars made a break and Eoin led the charge in pursuit from eight until lap six when he closed the gap and got ahead of Alessandro Bonacini moving up to seventh next was fellow Irishman Emmet O Brien whom he passed on lap six to take sixth lace. He continued to pick off drivers as he came through the field eventually taking the third spot on the podium and maintaining his record in the championship of being on the podium at every round Eoin also had the fastest lap of the race at 2.43.081.
Commenting after the race the young Dublin driver said "This was a really important weekend for me for the championship. I was disappointed in my qualifying position and despite the problems with the clutch off the line I worked hard, kept out of trouble and took my chances when they came I am delighted with the outcome and I am already looking forward to Oschersleben in Germany on the 28th August".
The European Alfa Romeo Championship is one of the support races for the World Touring Cars and was a popular support race for the famous Spa 24 Hour race this weekend. The Spa 24 Hour attracted a crowd of over 100,000 for the weekend and this together with worldwide television coverage made this an extremely important weekend for all teams.