Mints victory at Bank Holiday Brands
Driver Eoin Murray has really answered his detractors with
an emphatic pole position and win with over 5.sec to spare
in the Elf Clio cup at Brands Hatch on Bank Holiday Monday.
for the Xcel Motorsport Team and backed by Holfeld F1 Components
the young Irish driver annexed Pole Position by over a tenth
from reigning champion Paul Rivett. Mayhem on the first
lap at Graham Hill Bend forced a red flag and a re-formed
grid 30min later.
the re-start Murray, the pole sitter, was led of the line
by Jonathon Fildes and Murray and Wilkinson then went ‘door
handle to door handle’ into Paddock Hill Bend. Robust
defending by Wilkinson saw him move across on Murray leaving
the youngster with absolutely no space, the resulting close
encounter had Wilkinson momentarily heading for the grass
only to execute a recovery, but dropping himself a few places
in the process.
hog day’ then as the two Irishmen, Fildes and Murray
battled at the front of the field, a spin by Fildes on the
run up to Druids paid dividends for the relentless pressure
by Murray allowing the Xcel man through to take the lead.
This with only two laps completed out of 20 on the 1.22
mile Indy Circuit ensured that the young Firhouse Ace had
to draw on all his reserves of concentration and race craft
to lead the field for the remaining 18 laps. Murray who
never put a wheel wrong during the race eventually took
the chequered flag 5.5 seconds ahead of the second place
on his third win of the 2003 Clio Cup season Eoin Murray
said ‘’I just need as many wins as I can get
at the moment and I’m going to drive every race as
it comes from here on in.
year I have proven without any doubt what I can achieve
& despite the bit of bad luck at the start of the season
I expect to finish the season very strong. I am really looking
forward to Donnington and Oulton Park. where, who knows,
perhaps the championship is not out of my sight yet.