Murrells takes Silverstone double George Murrells took two wins in the Ginetta Challenge at Silverstone yesterday to draw himself back into contention for the championship. Murrells (Optimum Motorsport) started race one, over 20 minutes on ...
Murrells takes Silverstone double
George Murrells took two wins in the Ginetta Challenge at Silverstone yesterday to draw himself back into contention for the championship.
Murrells (Optimum Motorsport) started race one, over 20 minutes on the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, from pole position and battled with championship leader Andy Richardson for the lead. The top two was soon joined by Sean Huyton's Academy Motorsport-run car and the three dived into Club Corner together. Huyton grabbed second but Murrells was elbowed wide and fell to fifth behind the G20 Junior of Dominic Pettit (the Rockingham winner racing for Dominant Motorsport in the original Junior shape rather than his regular G40) and Stuart Pearson.
As Richardson and Huyton argued over the lead, Murrells began his fightback. He moved ahead of Pearson and soon relieved Pettit of third place at Club, setting the fastest race lap as he chased the leaders.
Huyton squeezed past Richardson and then began to extend his advantage, Richardson falling into the clutches of the charging Murrells. By lap four, George was second but had to work hard to catch Huyton. Thanks to a tow, he was able to haul himself up on to the tail of the Rockingham race winner and the pair ran side-by-side down Hangar Straight on lap six. Murrells was able to move ahead as Pettit took third from Richardson but the battle for the lead wasn't yet resolved as Huyton powered back on to the tail of the leader on the last lap and made one final bid for glory heading to the finish line. Huyton wasn't quite able to get the power down soon enough and he lost out by just .104s as they flashed past the chequered flag, bettering Murrells' fastest lap in the process.
Behind the top two, Pettit and Richardson continued to squabble and delayed themselves in the process. This allowed Stuart Pearson back into contention and as Richardson and Pettit made contact on alp eight, they both fell back. Pearson took third from Richardson while Pettit fell to sixth behind Matt Flowers. Pettit weeded out Flowers of fifth place at Brooklands and set off after Pearson and Richardson who traded third for much of the last lap, but it was Pearson ahead by 27-thousandths of a second as they crossed the line.
Pettit took fifth from Flowers, while Matt Harris took seventh ahead of reigning G20 champion Mark Davies who made his G40 debut for Optimum Motorsport. The second G40, in the hands of Charlie Kemp (HHC Motorsport), finished 14th after brake problems in qualifying.
Murrells started race two from pole position but Richardson, from second on the grid, made a better start to head the pack to Copse Corner. Murrells, Huyton and Pettit slotted in behind him but Murrells soon moved ahead while Matt Flowers had a sideways moment at Club Corner on the opening lap and caused the field to scatter in avoidance.
As Murrells tried to pull away, Huyton led the chasing pack while Richardson settled into a lonely third place, clear of Pettit and Stuart Pearson. Murrells maintained a steady gap of over seven-tenths of a second to Huyton.
Behind, the fight for fourth place became the one to watch as Pearson closed on Pettit and slashed the gap from over a second to just a tenth in one lap! He moved ahead at Becketts on lap six and Pettit retaliated. As the two fought, jeweller Mark Wania closed in his Academy Motorsport car and started to challenge but was caught in turn by the G40 of Mark Davies. As Pearson secured fourth, so Davies made his move to grabbed sixth from Wania.
However, as the leaders came across a spinning James Hammill on the last lap, Murrells slowed and Huyton was able to close right up. The two cars ran together through the stadium for the last time and, like in race one, Huyton tried a last-gasp move for honours. Again, he was repelled by Murrells who took another narrow win by just 0.161s from Huyton with Richardson rounding out the podium finishers.
Murrells' successful weekend brings him to within eight points of championship leader Richardson heading to Snetterton on August 29/30.