Multiple single-seater champion Scott Malvern is set to embark on a new chapter of his career this weekend as he makes his Radical racing debut in the Radical SR3 Challenge at Donington Park.
The 2011 Formula Ford GB champion and 2012 Protyre Formula Renault champion is partnering S&D Sealants company owner Nick Jones in a Kevin Mills Racing-prepared Radical SR3.
Malvern will be kicking off his first full season of racing since his Renault winning campaign, and is cautious about his expectations in the two forty minute endurance races.
“We are the new kids on the block, we have no experience whatsoever of this type of racing so it’s without doubt going to be a learning curve,” said Malvern.
“I’ve been very happy with my pace in pre-season testing, but then there are so many other factors that come into play in endurance racing, such as strategy and making sure you have a smooth handover from one driver to the other. Get any of these things wrong and you can lose valuable time.
“Most of all I’m just really happy to be racing though and continuing with my career, and I’m happy to see what develops.”
Malvern makes the switch to full-time GT racing after struggling to make the next step up the single-seater ladder. While he hasn’t completely shut the door on that side of the sport, the 25 year old admits sportscars may prove to be his best avenue for the future.
“I love single seater racing,” he explained. “It is exciting and I have demonstrated with my results that I have a talent for it. If someone offered me a seat in F3 or GP3 or anywhere on the Road To Indy in the USA I’d take it like a shot!
“But as everyone knows the budget required to move you up to the pinnacle of the sport in single seaters is formidable and I just don’t have access to that sort of funding. Sports car & GT racing are enjoying a boom period at the moment worldwide and in reality I stand a far better chance of having a long career and earning a living from the sport in this type of car.”