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Malvern And Hill Share Silverstone Wins

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After Scott Pye's win in Saturday's race, it was the turn of Scott Malvern and Josh Hill to climb on to the top step of the podium on Sunday in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Silverstone.

In the first of Sunday's race, Round 14, it was Pye who lined up on pole, with Hill alongside. Tio Ellinas and Daniel Cammish made up row two, with Malvern fifth, joined on row three by Emil Bernstorff.

Pye lost his advantage from the start though, bogging down on the line, allowing Hill to nip past into the lead. Pye fought back at Club corner, briefly taking the lead again, but by the time the group reached Bridge, it was Malvern who had managed to work his way to the front. Hill followed closely in second, with Pye third and Cammish fourth, after getting the better of his JTR team mate Ellinas.

Cammish moved up another spot on lap three, sneaking past Pye for third place. At the front, Malvern was beginning to pull away, setting the fastest lap in the process, but his lead was soon to be cut short due to the introduction of the safety car, after contact between Phillipe Layac and Ernie Van Der Walt.

With the debris taking four laps to clear, the race was left with just one lap to run at the restart. The pressure was on Malvern to get the restart right and he did, making the jump on Hill, who had to defend hard from Cammish.

Malvern finished the final lap with ease to take win, with Hill holding on from Cammish in third. Pye held on to fourth, with Ellinas fifth, Antti Buri sixth and Jake Cook seventh, who had a good race, working his way up from 11th on the grid. Jesse Anttila, Bernstorff and James Tucker completed the top ten. Luke Williams picked up the Scholarship class win ahead of Tristan Mingay.

As they lined up for the final race of the weekend, Round 15, it was Hill on pole, joined on the front row by Pye. Ellinas and Cammish again made up row two, with Malvern and Bernstorff on row three.

Hill made the best start to lead as they entered Copse for the first time, ahead of Pye and Cammish. His chances of making an early break were halted with the safety car introduced after contact between Williams and Zaamin Jaffer.

The safety car period lasted two laps, with Hill making the jump at the restart on lap four. On lap five, the lead was about to change, with Cammish disposing of Pye for second, before moving past Hill for the lead a few laps later. Hill fought back though and retook the lead at Copse on lap seven.

Hill was to be untroubled again in the lead, yet the fighting continued behind him. It was Malvern who emerged from lap seven in second, slipping past both Pye and Cammish, but Pye quickly retook the place on the next lap.

The fighting behind allowed Hill to race clear and win by nearly 5 seconds. Behind, it was all change on the final lap, with contact between Pye and arch rival Malvern allowing Bernstorff to nip past Malvern into third, for his first ever Formula Ford podium. Malvern recovered to fourth, ahead of Cammish, Ellinas, Tucker, Buri and Anttila, with Dutch drivers Jeroen Slaghekke and Pieter Schothorst finishing tenth and eleventh. Following Williams' first lap retirement, Mingay had an easy drive to the Scholarship class win, extending his class points lead in the process.

As they leave Silverstone, it's Malvern who maintains his championship lead, with Pye his closest challenger.

Provisional championship placings after Round 15
1 Malvern 370 points

2 Pye 332

3 Cammish 282

4 Buri 272

5 Hill 269

6 Ellinas 254

7 Cook 211

8 Bernstorff 171
Scholarship class
1 Mingay 318

2 Williams 267

3 Dani Domit 168

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