As Mother’s day fell upon Sonoma Raceway the Jim Russell Series not only had sweet thoughts of their Mums but also the sweet smell of success on their minds. It was time for race 4 and pole sitter Chase Murray was out to stamp his mark on the Championship. As the green flag dropped he didn’t look back and with a successive run of fastest laps to gave himself a safe margin from the eager pack behind. Doug Tuttle our other front row starter lost that 2nd spot to the ever quick off the mark Tim Adolphson at the start but Tuttle was not to be denied as he stuck to the tail of Tim till it was time to strike. With a fantastic move to the inside at turn 7, a clean exit gave Adolphson no chance to attack back, Tuttle inching away lap after lap to the 3rd place runner. A spin at the top of turn #2 really hurt Tim’s chance of another podium as the ever improving Swiss driver Alex Coigny seized his chance and found a safe gap to go by and try to put some daylight between them. A slight technical problem saw Robin MacGregor starting from pitlane, but as the race wore on his speed increased and the carrot of Adolphsons rear wing spurred him on to his best lap and finish ever in the series. As Chase kept making the gap ever wider but a late race spin in turn 9 by Alex really spiced things up allowing Adolphson to close right back up into contention before the flag, but it just wasn’t quite enough as Coigny focused hard on the road ahead and put in his best time of the weekend on the last furious lap and seal the last podium spot. So Chase Murray checked off win number 2 with the treble of pole, fastest Lap and of course the race win to take the lead in the championship. Job done by the Texan but there’s many races left in the season and wins like this may not be as easy to come by as the talent level seems to keep on rising.
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