Walter Hayes Ford Return For Middlehurst

Chris Middlehurst will return to his Formula Ford roots this weekend after entering the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.

The recently-crowned 2013 Protyre Formula Renault Champion will make his first Formula Ford 1600 outing for two years at the showpiece event, running a Ray chassis with Cliff Dempsey Racing.

Middlehurst enjoyed a sensational season in Formula Ford in 2011 prior to his move into the Renault’s, winning the BRSCC National FF1600 title, as well as the Northern and Champion of Oulton honours.

“It’s a brilliant event with such a broad appeal and draws in so many great drivers,” Middlehurst told Motorsport News.

“It’ll be strange going back to a Ford after the Renault, because the Ford machines move about a lot more and you have to be more careful on the brakes.

“I’ve had a superb year so far and I’d love to cap it with success at the Walter Hayes Trophy. I got taken out in the semi-final the last time I did it in 2011, so I’ve got some unfinished business.”

Joining Middlehurst on the grid will be his predecessor to the Renault BARC title, Scott Malvern. The 2012 champion will make his Trophy debut in a Kevin Mills Racing-prepared Spectrum.