Scott MalvernBarkingside Formula Renault race driver Scott Malvern had not even visited the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit in Hampshire as a spectator before last weekend but that didn’t stop him taking a race win first time out and he looked set to add a second until being hit controversially from behind by his closest championship rival.

cott made a clear statement of intent when he was fastest of the 28 cars in the 15 minute warm up session. He then set the 2nd fastest time in the 20 minute qualifying session, only bettered by the experienced Josh Webster now in his third season in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship. It didn’t take long for Scott to pass Webster in race one and then maintain a fairly comfortable gap until the chequered flag to notch up his race victory and 5th podium in the six championship rounds held so far.

After a long safety car period in race two, Scott pulled off a near identical overtaking move on Josh to again seize the lead and looked to be in command as he set fastest lap. On the penultimate lap a move described by veteran commentator Brian Jones as “over ambitious” saw Webster run into the back of Scott sending him into a spin. Scott managed to keep the engine running and re-joined the track to recover to 5th place but with no laps left was unable to gain further places. Webster went on to win the race and with no race marshal reports filed escaped any punishment for his misdemeanour.

Scott commented afterwards “I had a really good car this weekend and I was pleased I was able to learn a circuit that was completely new to me so quickly. It was great to get another win under my belt and I was almost home & dry in race two when Josh ran into the back of me. It’s frustrating that he has benefitted from an unfair move and got away with it but overall it’s been a good weekend championship wise. I’m really looking forward to the next event at Croft next month”.

Scott who was 2nd in the championship at the start of the weekend to Seb Morris left Thruxton with a 20 point lead over Josh Webster. Morris who endured a difficult weekend drops to third in the standings.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.