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Murrells Storms To Maiden Supercup Win

George Murrells In His Optimum Motorsport-prepared Ginetta G55 - Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography

 

George Murrells put a run of bad form behind him in spectacular fashion at Rockingham, the Optimum Motorsport storming through the field to take his maiden Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup win in the series first pitstop race.

After missing the last rounds to change his G55's engine, which had been hampering his progress in recent events, Murrells headed to Rockingham hoping to return in style. Heading into qualifying, Murrells knew that with tyre degradation so high at the Northamptonshire circuit, it was vital to get a good time in early in qualifying. The reigning Ginetta Challenge champion did just that, going onto provisional pole, before being just pipped to the top spot shortly after. Murrells settled for second though to preserve his tyres, the result being his best qualifying of the season so far.

A good getaway in race one saw Murrells in the thick of the action heading into Deene for the first time. Contact from two rivals meant George dropped to sixth and he was unable to make any progress back through the field when smoke began bellowing into car due to engine oil leaking onto the exhaust pipes. Murrells limped the car home in sixth, despite feeling unwell from the smoke.

Starting sixth for race two, Murrells this time emerged from the first lap argey-bargey in fourth place, before putting in a succession of fast laps to close on those ahead. After taking his mandatory pitstop, Murrells emerged in second place, before faster lap times than the leader meant he overtook him when he pitted. Controlling the remainder of the race, Murrells came home for his first victory of the season.