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Supercars’ next debutant’s peculiar day job

IN little more than a month, Cooper Murray will become the Repco Supercars Championship’s newest driver.

The man who’ll make his debut in a solo Triple Eight wildcard at the Darwin Triple Crown is known to be quick on the track, as evidenced by his race-winning success in Carrera Cup and Super2.

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What far less people know is how he earns a crust away from motorsport.

“I work full-time in the family business away from racing as a stonemason,” Murray told V8 Sleuth.

“It’s an interesting job. A lot of people are surprised when I tell them what I do away from the track, but it keeps me nice and busy.”

Now 22 years of age, Murray dropped out of school towards the end of Year 9 to begin working for the family business, Lodge Bros.

“So I do all of the writing on the tombstone headstones and help install them as well,” he added.

“It’s very different but there’s also a bit of skill and patience required as well.”

All things going to plan, he might have a different full-time profession next year: as a regular Supercars driver.

“Of course, my aim next year is to be in the main game,” said Murray.

“I have got the pace, I have got the speed; now I have just got to prove that I can be the whole package and that I am ready to step up.”

Murray will resume his second Super2 season next week at Wanneroo Raceway, before undertaking a pre-Darwin Gen3 test at Queensland Raceway on May 28.

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