John Murphy 2013
After great success in 2012 when he won both the BRSCC’s National and Northern Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600cc Championships, John Murphy will once again be a man on a mission when the new season begins at Oulton Park this weekend.
However, rather than worrying about titles John’s mission for this season is to maximise the fun he gets out of racing. He admits that focussing on the whole championship last year gave a different perspective to his hobby as due to his business commitments sometimes he struggled to fit everything in and that detracted from his pleasure on occasion.
Having said all that, it is difficult to keep the committed petrolhead away from the track and for 2013 Murphy intends to have a presence in both the Post89 and Pre90 categories. “I enjoy the technical side of things – building and preparing the cars – as much as the racing,” John admits. Therefore over the winter a 1984 Reynard has been added to his stable with which the plan is to focus on the Pre90 class. Time is tight but the hope is for the Liverpool architect to make his debut in his new pride and joy at the opening round on 13th April.
Meanwhile the 2012 Double Title-Winning Van Diemen RF90 has been stripped down with the chassis hibernating over the winter propped against one of the walls in John’s lounge... where it must have made a wonderful conversation piece! When the white missile has been put back together John plans to compete in some Post89 rounds. He says, “I will see how things go over the first few meetings and take it from there. It would be nice to try and do both Pre90 and Post89 rounds at the single header meetings but I will have to see how that works out!”
John won’t be the only 2012 Champion competing in Northern Formula Ford as Craig Brookfield, the reigning XR Challenge title holder, will join the Post89 runners in a Van Diemen RF03 tended by Valley Motorsport who ran his Fiesta XR2 last year. Craig explains, “The team and I decided to take on another challenge rather than defending the XR crown. In switching to single-seaters we are hoping for some strong results and aim to pick up a few podiums.”
With a quality entry in region of 40 cars for the quartet of races on Saturday (2 X Post89 & 2 X Pre90) it should be a fabulous start to a cracking season.