Murphy hoping to secure Australian championship podium with one round to go 

Darragh Murphy has just one more meeting, and three races, to secure a podium spot in the Sydney Summer Nights race series after suffering a setback on Saturday night.  

The New South Wales-based Mountcollins racer is in fourth place in the championship after last Saturday’s three-race meeting at the famous Eastern Creek Raceway in the Sydney suburbs. He was third in the points’ standings coming into last weekend’s races.                        

He is in a tight battle with Australian Superbike Championship frontrunner Aidan Hayes and after last weekend’s championship meeting Murphy is five points adrift of his rival. 

Murphy races a 2007 Honda CBR  while the semi-professional  Hayes rides a 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 and uses the Summer Night Series to keep sharp in the ASB off season.

The four round series is the biggest undertaking of the year for clubman Murphy. 

He was kicking himself after receiving a penalty on Saturday night – the two points lost would have put him just three points behind Hayes with just the January 28 triple-header left to run. 

“I had a fairly good meeting, I got two fourths and a sixth. In the last race I was fourth in the race but I got a 10 second jump start plenty, so I am fourth in the championship now,” said Darragh who is a brother of Dunlop Masters Supersport championship frontrunner Andrew. 

Hayes was third in all three races. 

The brothers maternal grandmother is from Ballybunnion. 

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