Niall Murray was left a disappointed third in the final 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship standings after a tough final meeting of the year at Brands Hatch.
Approaching the final weekend of the season, the Irishman remained very much in the title race despite his forty point deficit to the championship leader Charlie Robertson.
Murray did all he could in the opening race around the Grand Prix circuit, storming through the field to take his fifth win of the season, however with Robertson fourth, the championship was now out of Murray’s grasp.
The 2010 Ginetta Junior Ireland Champion’s focus was now to secure second in the standings ahead of Sennan Fielding. Murray moved up to second off the line, however contact from Pepe Massot dropped him from tenth. He produced a fine recovery drive to fifth, but with Fielding winning, it wasn’t enough to maintain him the runners up spot.
“Naturally I’m really disappointed to have had a bad race two,” said Murray. “Yesterday’s win was fantastic and just what we all needed, but sadly today’s poor result has lost us second in the championship. But as they say, that’s motorsport! Well done to Charlie & Sennan, it was a though battle all season, just the way it should be. I am however delighted that my fantastic team Douglas Motorsport has won the Ginetta Junior Teams Championship thanks to the efforts of myself and my teammate Andrew Watson. That is a deserving reward for the tireless efforts they have put into everything this season.”