Eoin Murray


2nd June 2008 // Disappointment for Murray in France



The streets of Pau in the French Pyrenees were not kind to Murray as he left rounds 3 & 4 of the Seat Leon Eurocup with no points scored from the weekend. This was even more disappointing as Murray proved he had the speed to win throughout the weekend.

The street circuit is extremely tight which made overtaking very difficult so it was evident grid position would be vital for each race. Murray did a good job in the wet qualifying session to line up on the front row of the grid for race 1 only .174 of a second away from pole position. His speed in the wet was underlined when he was on a lap which would have been half a second quicker than his rivals only to be cancelled with a red flag. Eoin made a clean start for the first race and was in second position until turn 4 when he was hit from behind by Croatian driver Marin Colak and sent spinning head on into the barriers.

Team PRS did an excellent job to repair the car for race two where Murray had to start back in 23rd position after not finishing race 1. This was to be an almost impossible task to finish in the top 8 and score championship points on a track which had almost no passing opportunities. When the lights went green for race 2 Eoin entered the second corner but only to find the track blocked with an accident. He lost considerable time and at the end of the first lap was 27.789 seconds behind the leader in 15th position. A stunning drive saw Murray finish 9th position and only 26.433 seconds behind the Hungarian runaway winner Gabor Weber. This was an extremely impressive display considering Murray had to fight his way past six cars.

“After free practice & qualifying I was confident I had the speed to win in the wet or the dry. There was nothing I could do after getting punted off in race 1 but I think my drive in race 2 showed the pace we had. If the track was not blocked for me at turn two I think 5th or 6th position would have been possible. I am obviously really disappointed not to score points this weekend but our pace was very encouraging and I feel we have more to come”.

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