The 2011 Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch was all about one man, much like the 2011 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford seasonâ€¦ Scott Malvern.
The 22-year-old capped a near perfect year which has seen him dominate the series with an equally impressive performance around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit to take pole position and wins in his heat, quarter final and semi-final races before fending off the challenge from Dutch driver Steijn Schothorst to take the win in the Duratec final by just 0.4 seconds.
“It couldn't have gone any better for me,” said Malvern. “This was the one I wanted to win all year. The plan was to try to run away and hide and I nearly achieved that. I struggled a bit for pace early on in the final but was just able to keep Steijn behind. It's a great end to my Formula Ford season.”
Unfortunately the edge would be taken off the weekend as the new of Dan Wheldon's death filtered through. Wheldon first made an impact in Formula Ford and was a highly regarded figure and idol to many drivers past and present in Formula Ford. In 1998 Wheldon finished in the runner-up spot to Jenson Button.
“I went to bed last night over the moon and woke up to the news about Dan. It's very hard to take and a double blow coming so soon after the death of Martin Hines. They will both be missed by British motorsport.”
“Everyone in the Formula Ford community is shocked and saddened,” said Sam Roach of Formula Ford promoter RacingLine. “Dan Wheldon was a driver of whom everyone connected with Formula Ford was proud. Our thoughts are with his young family and his many friends in the sport.”