Murray Crowned National Formula Ford 1600 Champion


Niall Murray has secured his fourth championship title in three seasons after a victory at Donington Park secured him the 2016 BRSCC British National Formula Ford Championship with three races to spare.

The title success makes it three Formula Ford 1600 titles for the 21 year old, who won the Irish and Northern Irish crowns in 2014 on top of Formula Ford Festival success in 2013, whilst also adding the SEAT Supercup Ireland title to his resumé last year.

Murray headed into the penultimate meeting of the season at Donington knowing any reasonable result would secure him the crown, but he showed no signs of playing conservative as he notched a five pole position of the campaign.

The former Ginetta Junior title contender would battle closely with Luke Williams in the early stages of race one for victory, before a spin for his adversary ensured he could cruise home to victory and with it the championship title.

Murray would go on to put the icing on the cake in race two of the weekend as he once again took his Bernard Dolan Racing-prepared Van Diemen RF99 to the race win, making it ten victories in fourteen races this season.

“Two more wins to make it ten out of fourteen this year! To make it that bit sweeter I also set the unofficial lap record to add to my Ginetta Junior lap record here,” said Murray.

“It’s a great way to close off the year and thanks a million to everyone involved, I’m certain I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of everybody especially Bernard Dolan Racing who is the brains behind this car.”

The title win means Murray will take part into the coveted Mazda Road to Indy shootout in the USA, the winner of which will receive up to 200,000 dollars funding towards a campaign in the USF2000 championship, the first rung on the ladder towards IndyCar.