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.