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Murrells heads Ginetta Challenge to Brands Hatch George Murrells has been slaying metaphorical dragons on his way to the top of the Ginetta Challenge. This weekend he heads the title race to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. Four races...

Murrells heads Ginetta Challenge to Brands Hatch

George Murrells has been slaying metaphorical dragons on his way to the top of the Ginetta Challenge. This weekend he heads the title race to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

Four races remain in the Ginetta Challenge and after the busy August activity, George Murrells has positioned himself at the head of the championship. He has looked rapid all season but only in the last couple of meetings has his luck changed and he once again has the championship lead.

Murrells did lead the title race after the opening race at Oulton Park back at Easter but had a mixed weekend -- a win and a smashed car after he hit oil and the barriers in race two. That race was swiftly red-flagged and postponed until Snetterton that he won. Eventually. Only after on-the-road winner Dominic Pettit was excluded for driving in a manner not compatible with general safety did Murrells take the victory.

After Oulton, though, Murrells headed to Pembrey for the first triple-header weekend where Andy Richardson won all three races. And then to Rockingham where honours were split between Dominic Pettit (giving the new G40 its first win in mixed company) and Sean Huyton. Murrells took second in race one but retired from race two after a tangle with Pettit.

At Silverstone, though, Murrells was in great form and won both races but at Snetterton he struggled for pace in the opening race which was halted due to torrential rain. On a slippery track, he struggled to match the pace of the leaders but at least scored points, but he won race two in the dry. And then came race three... He and Pettit were scrapping for position and contact was made at Sear Corner. Race officials took action and Pettit lost his win giving Murrells his second win of the weekend and the championship lead.

Murrells' main opposition is Andy Richardson who lost the championship lead at Snetterton and needs a win here to get back on track while Sean Huyton is looking for a second win of the season and has proved that he can match the pace of the leaders.

Add in Stuart Pearson and Matt Flowers and two spectacular races should be very hard-fought. Get set for action!

Qualifying takes place on Saturday September 25th at 11.20 with both races, run over 20 minutes, on Saturday afternoon. Race one gets under way at 14.50 and race two at 18.00.

-source: ginettacars.com

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