The stars of the 2011 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford of Championship of Great Britain are set to delve into the unknown this weekend as they compete on the all-new Snetterton circuit in Norfolk. Supporting the British Formula 3 and British GT Championships, the single seater stars are getting set to tackle the new layout's mix of challenging bends and existing long straights for the first time.
Scott Malvern took a clean sweep of race wins last time at Oulton Park over Easter weekend, so heads into Rounds 7, 8 and 9 as the man to watch. He added three pole positions and three fastest laps to those wins in Cheshire, moving the Jamun Racing driver up to second in the standings.
Topping the points standings is his team-mate, Jeroen Slaghekke. The 19 year old Dutchman took his first win during the opening weekend at Silverstone and has yet to finish outside the top five in a race, consistency that has put the Mygale driver as the man to beat.
JTR duo Geoff Uhrhane and Dan de Zille are set to be leading the fight to the Jamun team. After a disappointing weekend for the Nick Tandy-run Mygale team, de Zille will be out for his maiden victory in the series, while Australian Uhrhane will be looking to add to his first win in Round three.
Jamun's Aussie racer Nick McBride and Spike Goddard are hoping to continue edging closer to their team-mates at the Norfolk-circuit, with McBride hoping to add to his podium from Round five. Other podium finishers hoping to add to their tally will be JTR's Tristan Mingay and LMS Racing's Antti Buri.
Ray quartet Neil Alberico, Jonny McMullan, Jesse Antilla and guest driver for Snetterton, Ville Kivinen, will be hoping to challenge at the front, as will local team Fluid Motorsport, the Van Diemen outfit running with AirAsia Team Lotus F1 backed Matthew Parry.
Parry, who took his best result of sixth last time out, said: “I've had the chance to test quite a bit at Snetterton and I've learned a few new things about set-up and the circuit which will be a help, I hope. So far, I feel I have improved with every outing but it is a very steep learning curve. Hopefully I will be up there in the top five at Snetterton.”
In the Scholarship class, the man to beat is Cavan Corcoran, who has been undefeated so far this season in his Getem Mygale. Hoping to break that streak will be Tockwith Motorsport's David Moore and Jake Jackson in their Rays.
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