Malvern To Join F2 Test As ‘Springboard’ For 2012 Drive

Scott Malvern - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Malvern did plenty of champagne-spraying in a record-breaking 2011 campaign - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Champion of Great Britain Scott Malvern will take part in the official FIA Formula Two test at Barcelona next week ahead of a possible step up to the series in 2012.

Malvern, who won the Formula Ford in style with a record 18 wins from 24 races, will be joined at the test by the driver who finished runner-up to him – Dutchman Jeroen Slaghekke. Both have been given the test as a prize for their success this season.

“I'm looking to make the jump up to a higher category and F2 offers that at great value for money, together with racing on Grand Prix circuits and ensuring everyone has the same chance,” said Malvern.

“If I were to race it would be a two-year campaign as F2 is very competitive. This test is certainly a great prize to be awarded, especially with F2 fast becoming a recognised route on the motorsport ladder, and I'm hoping to use it as a springboard to F2 next year.”

22-year-old Malvern has already experienced the 500bhp JPH1B car as a finalist in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for the past two years.

“It's a very good car that has been well designed and thought out. I'm looking forward to the test and to get some good mileage, as although I've sampled it before that was very stop/start.”

19-year-old Slaghekke added: “I'm definitely looking forward to the test. The F2 car is a lot more powerful with a big speed difference to the Formula Ford so it will be a new experience for me and on a new track. We'll have to see how it goes but F2 could be a possible option for a future season.”

Formula Ford championship co-ordinator Penny Mattocks commented: “Scott Malvern and Jeroen Slaghekke will get to enjoy a very special test and one we're confident will enrich their future choices in motorsport, and help give recognition to their promising racing careers.”

Malvern and Slaghekke join F3 champions Aaron Steele and Alex Fontana, Italian F3 graduate Edoardo Liberati and German F3 racer Riccardo Brutschin as being confirmed for the test.