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Niall Murray conquers Kent in the Formula Ford Festival

Monday, October 28 2013

Niall Murray clinched victory in the 42nd Formula Ford Festival last weekend (26-27 October) after battling hard against both a large entry and tricky conditions.

As is traditional, the Festival closed with a 20-lap Final, with Kent -engined cars headlining the premier class for the first time since 1992. An early Safety Car period ensured that the pack remained in close quarters with Noel Dunne leading from Oliver White and Wayne Boyd.

Upon resumption it was Niall Murray who looked the most likely to threaten the leading trio and he duly delivered when he slid past into the lead on lap 12. Boyd actually appeared to be the quickest of the leading pack but he was hampered by a short detour through the Paddock Hill gravel trap, dropping him further behind the leader. He was able to recover second position however he didn't have enough time to truly challenge Murray ahead and was forced to give best. Oliver White held on behind to take third between Boyd and a jubilant Murray.

Formula Ford Festival, Kent Final Result
1, Niall Murray, Van Diemen RF99, 20 Laps
2, Wayne Boyd, Van Diemen RF02,+1.932s
3, Oliver White, Van Diemen RF01, +2.165s
4, Scott Hargrove, Ray GR08/09, +2.357s
5, Jake Eidson, Ray GR12, +2.610s
6, Ivor McCullough, Van Diemen RF00, +3.067s
7, Noel Dunne, Van Diemen RF00, +3.559s
8, Stephen Daly, Ray GR11, +3.983s
9, Jonathon McMullan, Mondiale M89S, +6.178s
10, Joey Foster, Ray GR10, +8.956s

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