Malvern Returns With Walter Hayes Success

Scott Malvern made a victorious return to Formula Ford action with a dominant display in the 2013 Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.

The 2011 Formula Ford GB and 2012 Protyre Formula Renault champion was the man to beat on his first appearance in the showpiece FF1600 event around the Silverstone National circuit.

After winning his heat and his semi-final in style in his Kevin Mills Racing-prepared Spectrum, Malvern led the grand final from the start into an early red flag for a multi-car accident at Copse.

At the restart, a quick-starting Malvern left behind a battling pack to enjoy a trouble free run to victory, his 2.6 second lead after three laps being extended to 8.6 seconds at the finish.

The result marks a superb end to a frustrating campaign for the 24 year old, who has been forced to spend the majority of the year on the sidelines after being unable to find the budget to progress from his Formula Renault success.

“It was a tough event, there’s a lot of good drivers in the field. I didn’t expect to turn up this weekend and win everything,” said the 2011 Formula Ford Festival winner.

“I knew the race was going to be scrappy, so the focus was on getting a good start, putting in a mega first lap and controlling it from there. Kevin [Mills] gave me a really good car and we managed to win in style.

“It’s a fantastic event to win. It’s one of the things that’s been missing from my CV for a while now so I’m really pleased.”

Malvern’s success, along with strong runs for Joey Foster and Ash Crossey, meant Team England won the Nations Cup.

  • Michelle

    Just how good is Scott Malvern? To dominate this event in the way that he did against the quality of opposition that he did is just truly unbeliveable! He led every lap of his heat, semi final & grand final and set the fastest lap in all three. To win by almost 9 seconds after 13 laps is amazing! Will someone give this guy the break he well & truly desrves now? It’s criminal that he wasted the majority of this year on the side lines. Iamagine what he could do if the he had the opportunity either Nick Tandy or Jann Mardenborough have been given?

  • Haydn

    Adrian Campfield won a Hayes with the same kit a couple of years ago so not that much of a surprise. Oliver said he was a bloody good driver, when Oliver beat him in the Bert Ray at Brands!

  • Kevin

    Campfield took an a great win in 2011 but as good as it was he didn’t dominate in the way that Malvern did! It was the most impressive display I’ve ever seen at the WHT and I’ve watched all of them. Don’t know why he’s never done it before (money I suspect) but on that form he could have won it 3 or 4 times by now. Scott is too good to be wittering his career away in club racing. I really hope someone gives him the chance he’s proved time & time again that he truly deserves!