Murray runner-up for Summernats grand champion
PORTLAND motor enthusiast Brent Murray has come within one point of being named Summernats’ grand champion at the premier car festival in Canberra held across the weekend.
Driving his prize winning 1968 Dodge Dart, Murray made a last minute decision to enter the car into the race for grand champion.
The grand champion’s sword is awarded to the driver whose vehicle is not only an elite show car, but also shows elite engineering integrity by competing in driving events such as the go-to-woah and slalom.
It was an uphill battle for Murray from the start however, as he had not accumulated any points going into Summernats.
“I only decided to take the car up there last Wednesday and it got into the elite top 60, and I decided I was going to go for grand champion, but you’ve got to be in the top 60 to do it,” Murray said.
“They had the drivers briefing on Sunday and I knew I’d be last in points going into the driving because I didn’t win any other trophies or made top 20 going into it.
“I thought I’d be in last place and they said there were seven points between top and bottom out of 18 cars that were going for it.”