Scott MalvernA last minute deal this week will see 2011 British Formula Ford dominator Scott Malvern join the Pro-Tyre BARC Formula Renault Championship. Malvern himself describes the choice as “pragmatic”. The 2010 & 2011 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist says that he was “running out of options” but felt it was important to keep racing and expects the championship to be highly competitive. “There are some talented young drivers here this year so it will be a great environment to compete in. I’m looking forward to really enjoying myself”

Malvern has signed for the new Cullen Motorsport Outfit but his car will be engineered by his former team manager Cliff Dempsey. Scott began his car racing career with Cliff Dempsey Racing winning the National FF1600 title in 2009 and going tantalisingly close to taking the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship driving the Ray chassis in 2010.

Scott commented “I shook down Trent Hindman’s new car a few weeks ago at Silverstone and it went really well despite running on three year old rubber. Cliff said there & then he’d love to run another car for me but without any budget to speak of this was going to be difficult. Then Patrick Cullen kindly offered us a deal at a meeting at Silverstone last week and we shook hands the same day. We’ve had to source a suitable car and we will have to go straight in at the first round at Snetterton without any testing so I’m not expecting too much from the weekend but we’ll just aim to do a solid job and then build on it from there.”

Scott is still optimistic of being able to compete in F3, F2 or British GT’s at some point during the year. He further stated “if I get the chance to prove myself in something quicker then I’ll jump at it but at least in the meantime this will keep me active & race sharp and I think it will a great series”

Scott had been talking to Hywel Lloyd’s CF Racing outfit about making his British F3 debut at Oulton Park on Good Friday but couldn’t raise the necessary finance though hasn’t ruled out a drive later in the season if things improve.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.