Barkingside’s Scott Malvern endured a difficult weekend at Brands Hatch in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford 200 Championship but still showed his pace by setting the fastest lap of all cars racing at the Easter British Touring Car meeting and a new lap record for the Indy Circuit.
With just a half day of testing prior to the two 40 minute practice sessions on the Friday warm up Scott knew that he was likely to be on the back foot and really just concentrated in getting himself dialled into the newly rebuilt car which had only been finished two days before.
Nevertheless Scott’s times in the official qualifying session were good enough to give him front row starts in 2nd place for all three races with the experienced Leeds based driver Dan Cammish taking pole position for all three races.
The signs didn’t look good when Scott’s engine wouldn’t fire up in the holding area immediately before the first race on Saturday afternoon and although Scott managed to start the car and hold third place until half distance of the race it was clear that he was down on power and eventually he cruised into the pits with a badly misfiring engine. A glitch in the computer controlled electrical system was later diagnosed.
Race two was held in extremely cold conditions on Sunday morning. Scott experienced wheel spin pulling away from the line and slipped back to third place behind Jamun team mate Luke Williams. But he soon settled into a rhythm and it was plain to see that the Contract Lift Solutions liveried car was the fastest on the track. He overtook Williams with a spectacular move going into Paddock Hill Bend on lap 7 and set off in pursuit of Cammish who by now had opened up a gap of over 4 seconds.
Relentlessly Scott pursued the leader reeling off fastest lap after fastest lap and setting a new lap record in the process closing right onto the back of Cammish on lap 23 of 26. But the superior straight line speed of the leader’s car meant that he was just able to fend off the challenge by the narrowest of margins at the chequered flag.
Unfortunately Scott’s bad luck returned for race three at the end of the day. Scott’s car was tagged by that of his Argentinian team mate Nico Maranzana and sent into a spin at Graham Hill bend. Scott had no option but to let the whole field pass before spinning his car around on the grass and setting off again over half a lap down. But very determined he again reeled off fastest lap after fastest lap on a spectacular drive through to 8th position falling just short of joining a three car battle for 5th place ahead. Dan Cammish collected his third win of the weekend.
The multiple single seater champion was philosophical in summing up his weekend afterwards. “We showed we had the speed all through the weekend but one way or another we just didn’t have the rub of the green. I’m not sure what we are going to do next. We only had enough funding for this weekend so we are going to have to re-group and see what can be done. I’d really like to thank Contract Lift Solutions and all of my other supporters for getting me here and I’m only sorry we couldn’t deliver a better set of results”
The next Dunlop MSA Formula Ford 200 Championship event is at Donington Park in Leicestershire on 20/21st April and once again there will be live TV coverage of the event on ITV4. Any potential partners interested in helping Scott get onto the grid should get in touch with Dominic Malvern on 07940.204985 or email@example.com