Scott MalvernIt wasn’t the dream comeback win to Formula Ford 1600, in the Bert Ray Memorial Trophy at Brands Hatch, that Barkingside’s Scott Malvern had hoped for but it was oh so close with Scott trailing winner Oliver White by less than a tenth of a second at the chequered flag. Scott also had the consolation of bagging the fastest lap of the race.

A win was always going to be a big ask for Scott in an unfamiliar car against the series regulars and with just 30 minutes pre-event practice to familiarise himself which unfortunately was shortened even more by stoppages. But an encouraging performance in qualifying placed him third (out of 22 cars) on the starting grid, all be it just over half a second off of pole sitter and series front runner Josh Barnett. Improvements made to the car before the race saw that deficit completely eradicated.

Scott said “the lack practice didn’t help so we only really got to grips with the car during the fifteen minute qualifying session and we knew then that it was geared incorrectly and had some set up issues. Unfortunately we couldn’t do anything about the gear ratios as the team didn’t have the correct ones but we made some positive changes elsewhere and considering we ran on old tyres as well against new rubber for most of the others it wasn’t a bad showing. It was nice to get fastest lap and I could’ve got the win but Oliver was being very forceful and made contact every time I drew alongside (see photo). I was conscious of the fact that I was in a loaned car so I didn’t want to risk potentially expensive damage.”

“Not sure what I’ll be up to next but I’ve had a couple of interesting offers on the back of the performance this weekend so I will be considering those. I’d really to thank everyone who supported me at this event especially Contract Lift Solutions Ltd and Laserfiche Electronic Document Solutions and to Souley Motorsport for letting me use their car. I’d also like to thank James Beckett for running this great (Champion of Brands) series which really deserves to be supported. I hope I get the opportunity to return”

Photo by Roger Standish