Barkingside racer Scott Malvern produced a masterful display to claim the 2013 Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone last weekend coming out on top of an entry of almost 120 drivers including the highly rated Nick Tandy & Joey Foster.
Making his debut in the annual end of season extravaganza Scott driving for The Kevin Mills Racing Team took dominant wins in his heat, semi-final, and Grand Final.
Qualifying third for his heat in the very tricky conditions of fog and a greasy track early on Saturday morning, Scott took just two corners to make into the lead in what was considered to be the toughest qualifying heat of the whole event such was its list of potential overall event winners. It looked as though Scott’s victory train could be derailed as he’d opted for a full dry set up and it started to rain heavily from lap 2 onwards. But Scott remained in control driving a faultless race to win by a margin of 1.4 seconds setting fastest lap of the race in the process.
Better was to come in the Sunday lunchtime semi-final where he started from pole position from a full grid of 36 cars. In sunny, dry & cold conditions resisting an early challenge from three time event winner Joey Foster he stretched his lead to a 2.6 second margin by the end of the race again setting the fastest lap of the race.
In pole position for the grand-final, it initially looked as though Scott may face a stiff challenge from Irish driver Kevin O’Hara as the two began to gap the rest of the field but after just two racing laps the red flags were out and the race was stopped to clear a multiple car pile-up at Copse corner.
A lengthy delay ensued while the debris was cleared and the cars re-gridded for the restart. Scott made a superb start quickly pulling a gap on the rest of the field as a major squabble went on behind in the battle for second place. Scott was never challenged and drove off into the distance winning by a very impressive margin of 8.7 seconds and setting the fastest lap of the race and the day on his final lap.
Scott delighted with his win commented afterwards “It’s fantastic to win this event with all the big names in it at the end of what has been a frustrating season with no regular drive. I’m hoping this will remind people that I’m still around and what I’m capable of and will hopefully lead to better things for 2014. A big thank you to Contract Lift Solutions, Informu Solutions, Laserfiche, MIR & Baines Leasing for their help in getting me here”