2013 Formula Ford Festival winner Niall Murray has risen to the top of the standings in the BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 Championship courtesy of a pair of victories in the second meeting of the season at Silverstone.
On his first ever outing around the Silverstone International layout, Murray was the pace-setter across Friday testing and qualifying the next day, securing his second consecutive pole position after also topping the times in the Oulton Park opener.
Slipping to second on the opening lap of race one, Murray briefly retook the lead on lap three before losing the position to championship rival James Raven again, but the Irishman made a decisive move on the final lap at Stowe for victory.
That result secured Murray pole for race two in his Bernard Dolan Motorsport Van Diemen RF99, but once again he couldn’t hold it with a poor getaway dropping him to fourth. The former Ginetta Junior star fought back again though, quickly working his way into the lead for a second victory.
“That was what I would call a near perfect weekend! Pole, two wins and one fastest lap!” said Murray.
“I don’t think I can complain too much, I’ve gone from fifth to first in the championship standings and I’ve set the pace at both tracks so far this year. Now I’m looking forward to Zandvoort in three weeks for a new challenge.”