Earlston driver Murray karts home a brace of British titles

Grant Murray with his number 1 and O plates after his success in Cumbria
Grant Murray with his number 1 and O plates after his success in Cumbria

EARLSTON karter Grant Murray has claimed two British titles in Cumbria.

The 27-year-old was named the British Honda Challenge number one plate champion as well as taking home the Association of British Kart Club’s 0 plate for winning the final race of the two-day event.

After a season of problems and bad luck going into the two-day British Super Two Prokart Challenge at Rowrah in western Cumbria, Murray and his dad David’s expectations were not high, although they had won this title four times previously.

In wet conditions on day one, Murray claimed three heat wins to move into the final in first position.

Using a high grip set-up, Murray then romped to victory, a full 16 seconds ahead of the field over the 12-lap race.

The next day saw the rain turn into a monsoon, but Murray was unaffected and chalked up two wins and a fourth spot in the heats before claiming another win in the final.

Murray said: “A season of almost nothing good to mention had come right at just the right time and we walked off with my fifth British number one and 0 plate titles.

“The big question now is, when is it time to call it a day? I have been competing for 13 years in karting and with five British titles, various Scottish and club titles, two James McLean awards, I’ve had a very successful and enjoyable time competing at the highest level.

“It is almost a way of life for myself and my dad and I don’t know what or where we would be without it.

“A massive thanks has to go to him, as always he has provided me with the best possible support and backing I could wish for right from day one.”