2010 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain frontrunners Scott Malvern and Daniel Cammish headed to the annual Formula Ford Sampler Day at Rockingham last week to conduct their prize Formula 3 Test.
Series runner up Malvern was joined by third place finisher Cammish after champion Scott Pye had to pull out of the test due to commitments at home in Australia. The duo drove for leading Formula 3 team Motul Team West-Tec, a National class-winning team in British F3 and title winning outfit in the European F3 Open Championship.
Malvern, who is nervously awaiting the outcome of the 2010 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, in which he is one of the six finalists, drove a UK specification Mugen Honda-engined Dallara Chassis.
“It was my first time in a Formula 3 car,” he said, “and it was interesting to compare it with the F2 car I tested recently – they are very different machines. There was a lot to take in, and it was great experience.”
Cammish, who drove one of the teams European specification cars, also enjoyed the test, saying: “Formula 3 is where I hope to be next year, so this test was a great opportunity for me. The F3 car is so different in terms of downforce, braking and grip, that it takes some getting used to. Every bit of experience is vital.”
Both men impressed Motul Team West-Tec's John Miller: “We have approached this as a serious day of testing, with data logging and debriefing, and the drivers have been professional in their approach also. It's been a valuable day for them and they are both clearly very talented and have great futures.”
The test took part at the annual Formula Ford Sampler Day, an event which allows drivers wanting to enter the series to meet teams and get a chance to try out their machinery.