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Scott MalvernScott Malvern clinched the 2011 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship in style at Donington Park on Sunday (25th Sept) with an impressive lights to flag victory, his 21st of the season, to add to the Euro Cup title he had already claimed in August. It’s been a record breaking season for the young Barkingside driver and he will he have further opportunities to add to his victory total if he elects to compete in the final three rounds of the British Championship in two weeks time on the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone and in the Formula Ford World Festival at Brands Hatch the following weekend.

Malvern paid a massive tribute to his Jamun Racing Team and all his supporters after another highly impressive weekend. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the great car that Jamun Racing have provided me with every race weekend and the fantastic help that we receive from all our partners and supporters. I hope everyone is giving themselves a massive pat on the back for what they’ve helped us to do this year” Malvern hopes that the title will help him to progress his career as a professional racing driver. “When you look at who has won this championship in the past; names like Ayrton Senna & Jenson Button you realise that you are part of that history now and look at what they went onto achieve. I just hope that this will put us on a lot of people’s radar. They know what I am capable of and I that am ready to move on”

Malvern is as yet unsure as where he will be able to move onto for 2012. “Obviously there is still a lot of hard work to be done but given the opportunity I’d like to step up to Formula 3, GP3 or Formula 2. I am confident that I have the tools and the mindset to do a great job!”

more detailed reports of Scott’s weekend races (24-25th Sept) at Donington Park can be found here:

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scott MalvernWhile British Motor Racing fans hoped for home success at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, one young UK driver achieved success abroad. Barkingside’s Scott Malvern took a brilliant and hard fought victory at the legendary Spa circuit in Belgium. But Scott suffered a nightmare start to the weekend on Friday when he suffered gearbox failure as he exited the pits for qualifying. He struggled round to complete three qualifying laps at speed which were only good enough to give him 14th, 16th & 21st (last) grid positions for the weekend’s three races. But undeterred he put an amazing master display of overtaking to take victory in races one and three and was only narrowly denied a win in race two by just thousandth’s of a second in a photo finish with winner Australian Geoff Uhrhane. Uhrhane who led the race when Scott made it through the pack to 2nd place, held a six second advantage but Scott reeled him in at a rate of knots to produce a nail biting finish.

He also pulled off the overtaking move of the weekend against Uhrhane in race one taking the lead from him at the ultra fast Eau Rouge bend and set a new lap record in race three in his quest to claim the overall Euro-Cup title for the weekend. The two victories take Scott’s win tally for the season to 12 wins from 15 races.

Scott also leads the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford championship of Great Britain at the half way stage of the season having won 10 of the 12 rounds held so far.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scott Malvern secured his third excessive clean sweep and made it nine consecutive race victories with an impressive display on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend. But twice he was faced with having to restart a race when red flags were deployed in both races one & three due to a heavy downpour and cars losing control and spinning off the track.

As the 26 car grid set off on the green flag lap it began to rain. With all the cars shod with slick tyres for dry running conditions were very trick but Scott pulled clear of the field to pull out a substantial advantage until the cars of 2nd placed Geoff Uhrhane and championship leader Jeroen Slaghekke spun off into the gravel at Clearways corner. The race was red flagged and all the drivers pitted to change for wet treaded tyres. At the restart Malvern pulled clear of Finnish Champion Antti Buri to win by over 4 seconds.

Race two, later on Saturday afternoon was run in dry and sunny conditions and Malvern on pole was beaten into 2nd into the first corner by 2nd placed Uhrhane. But Malvern subjected Uhrhane to relentless pressure and eventually capitalized on a small mistake by his Australian rival to pass him at Westfield corner. It was now the turn of Uhrhane to place Malvern under heavy pressure but the Barkingside racer stood firm and positioned his car inch perfect every lap to resist Uhrhane’s attention and take a 2nd win of the day.
Race three was almost a carbon copy of the weather conditions of race one with a heavy downpour bringing out the red flags early in the race. Malvern had built a substantial lead over team mate Nick McBride when the race was stopped with cars again stranded in the gravel at Clearways. All the cars changed to wet weather tyres and once again Malvern nailed the start to pull a comfortable gap and take the win in the shortened restarted race.

So Malvern boosted his win tally to ten from twelve races and also achieved a ninth consecutive race victory. Malvern now leads the championship and has a firm eye cast at the record number of race victories in a season which stands at 14 by Callum McLeod in 2007. With only half the scheduled 24 races completed he is well on course to achieve his target but concedes that the biggest threat to him not realising this is if he cannot raise the funds t complete his 2011 campaign. “It was really touch & go to make it to Brands Hatch this weekend and we only just managed to put something together at the last minute. It would be a real tragedy if we were unable to continue with great results like this.”

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scott MalvernJamun Racing Star Scott Malvern became the first driver of the Duratec era to achieve a perfect maximum score at the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Easter event at Oulton Park.

Malvern set the three fastest laps in qualifying giving him pole position for rounds four, five & six of the championship. He then went on take lights to flag victories in all three rounds and recorded the fastest lap in each race as well giving him a maximum score available to him for the weekend.

A check in the results archive proved that this had not been done before, the closest to it being another Jamun driver Wayne Boyd in his championship winning year 2008 taking three wins at Knockhill but only two poles and two fastest laps. His perfect record that weekend was spoilt by his Jamun team mate Tim Blanchard who had fastest lap in race two and pole position for race three. Ironically Blanchard’s mechanic that season was a nineteen year old Scott Malvern!

Scott delighted with his Oulton park results commented “obviously Silverstone could have been better but I didn’t dwell on what might have been. I simply refocused my attention to Oulton Park determined to put things right and thanks to the hard work of the team and my partners for getting me here that’s exactly what I did. I’m now firmly back on track and aim to stay there”

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scott MalvernBarkingside Racer Scott Malvern stormed back into title contention at Oulton Park in Cheshire last weekend dominating proceedings in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Malvern achieved the perfect score in the three championship rounds held on Saturday & Bank Holiday Monday taking three wins from three pole positions and fastest lap in every race in a superb master class display. Not only that but he was never headed in each of the races and achieved impressive winning margins of almost three seconds, seven seconds and six seconds respectively in the 20 car International field.

Malvern has now rocketed up the championship table form a lowly 12th position to 2nd place cutting by half the points advantage held by his Jamun Racing Team mate the Dutch driver Jeroen Slaghekke. Scott delighted with his results commented afterwards “I needed a strong performance after our problems at Silverstone two weeks ago and this has put me right back on track. I’d just like to thank all my partners who helped me to be here”.

Scott’s championship bid now moves onto Snetterton in Norfolk over the weekend of 14th & 15th May.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Dani DomitDani Domit had his first race meeting this weekend – of any kind – and came away with a podium and a fastest lap!

The Mexican driver is a novice and had no car or karting experience before early last summer when he decided to become a racing driver! While studying engineering at the University of Florida, he signed up for a two day Skip Barber school course and followed that with a three day one in August.

All fired up, he bought himself a shifter kart and hit the local track for open lapping sessions and some fun racing. The feedback he got from his Skip Barber coaches gave Dani the confidence he needed to sign up for Grand Prix Shootout and history was made!

With a late deal made with JTR to do the MSA British Formula Ford championship, Dani had done no testing at all prior to arriving at Oulton Park for the race weekend.

A test was planned for the Wednesday which saw very little running due to rain, sleet and hailstones! The test on Friday was a bit better. Dani got some dry sessions in the morning and two wet ones in the afternoon.It wasn’t much but better than nothing and he looked forward to first qualifying session the next day.

Dani qualified second, third and third in the scholarship class only about three tenths off the pace.

In race one Dani ran very well and came second in the Scholarship class and so visited the podium for the first time! Race two was a bit disappointing as Dani found out how tough racing is. He spun on the second lap and another car hit him on the side damaging his radiator.

Race three was a mix of emotions. Dani was getting into his stride and feeling more comfortable when he clipped the tyres at the Knickerbrook chicane. His race was over but not before he had set the fastest lap in his class.

It was a very difficult way to start a racing career. Dani had to start as a novice from zero with a new car, team and circuit. Oulton Park is one of the most difficult tracks in the UK and can be very intimidating to newcomers – especially if they are novices!

However, Dani was lapping at the pace that the other Grand Prix Shootout winner, Tio Ellinas, was doing three weeks earlier on his first trip to Oulton Park. Tio was very impressive at the weekend and everyone hopes that Dani will too very soon.

Tio EllinasTio Ellinas has very quickly established himself and JTR as title contenders for the 2010 MSA Formula Ford Championship and has already got a lot of people talking about him since his race début at Oulton Park at the weekend.

Tio had just five outings in a racing car before the Easter weekend meeting though most of his running was affected by poor weather and red flags. Despite this, Tio was quickest by up to two seconds in the two wet test sessions on the Friday before the first race.

On Saturday morning, Tio was still getting up to speed in the dry during qualifying. With seven minutes to go he set the quickest time ahead of the experienced Josh Hill, Scott Malvern and Daniel Cammish all in their second year of Formula Ford. However, with three minutes to go, Australian driver Scott Pye pipped Tio for first place and so Tio had to start race 1 from second on the grid. It was a shame because if he had held on to that first place, he would have been the first driver to get pole position for a British Formula Ford race in his race début since Ayrton Senna thirty seasons ago!

Race 1: Tio held his grid position and was running second behind Scott Pye but a pedal problem caused his foot to apply 30% throttle while braking. This caused his brake pedal to go “soft”. His telemetry showed that this cost him 0.4 seconds per lap which prevented any challenge to Scott Pye and forced him back towards Malvern, Hill and Cammish. The pressure from Malvern and the “soft” pedal caused him to lose two places but he still managed to pressurise Hill into a spin. He finished fourth, his first ever car race. Tio, Malvern, Hill and Cammish’s fastest laps were separated by 0.02 of a second!

Having spent Easter Sunday fixing the pedal problem, Tio and the excellent JTR team were looking forward to Monday’s two races where Tio would start 7th and 6th.

Race 2: Unfortunately, Tio stalled his engine as the cars were going out on the green flag lap. He had to wait in the pit lane while the rest of the field did two laps of the slightly damp track. In the race, Tio stormed through the field from a distant 25th place to challenge Jake Cook for 6th on the last lap. He made an error attacking Cook that lost him one place. He set the fastest lap and was the only driver to get under 1:41:00. Team boss, Nick Tandy: “A lot of drivers would have over-driven and made mistakes. Tio put his head down and drove a very fast race and overtook a lot of people. It was an amazingly mature performance!”

Race 3: Tio started 6th on the grid. The result was that he found himself in 6th place in the race behind Daniel Cammish but obviously quicker. He made a move down the inside of Cammish at Turn 1 and unfortunately ran out of room. He went over the top of Cammish’s rear wheel and his race was over! The team felt that if he had sat behind Cammish for eight laps nobody would have been happy and it was best to have a go. Tio has learnt a valuable lesson!

The only driver to have outpaced Tio all weekend was Jamun driver Scott Pye in the dry. Title favourite Pye had already competed in over 80 Formula Ford and Formula Toyota races before this year and had tested a lot with Jamun before the first race. Jamun have won the British Formula Ford title for the last five years and, with four drivers, have a lot of testing data to call on to aid performance. They use a new 2010 spec car where JTR are still using last years chassis.

All of the team are extremely impressed by Tio’s performance.

Stuart Prior, JTR’s coach, said he was flabbergasted by Tio’s performance all weekend and that Tio drives a Formula Ford as well as anyone he has ever seen…already!

Guy McCullough, Tio’s race engineer, said that Tio basically has almost nothing to learn from the data of JTR’s previous drivers and now has to forge ahead with development of the car to go faster. Guy says that when you tell Tio to do something, he does it perfectly from then on and that he is great to work with.

Nick Tandy, JTR team principal, said that he was “blown away” by Tio’s performance and that he is very proud Tio is driving his car. Nick has won the Formula Ford Festival and was a race winner in British F3 but when he saw Tio through Lodge Corner in the wet he said “I couldn’t do that!”

Daniel Erickson once again showed his Aussie fighting spirit by putting his race 1 DNF behind him to score third place in Round 23 of the British Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch today.

In his first race meeting on the daunting Brands ‘GP’ circuit, the CAMS International Rising Star came within a whisker of grabbing second place from Rogier de Wit, shadowing the Dutch driver by just 0.79 seconds at the chequered flag.

The 12-lap, 44km race was won by American Josef Newgarden, who escaped from his battling pursuers to clean-sweep the meeting’s two BFFC rounds.

Typically, Erickson was more disappointed about not finishing second than bouncing back from his disastrous Round 22.

“It was a tough battle with Rogier,” he said.

“Second place should have been mine, but I just couldn’t get past him.”

After today’s result, Erickson is now only eight points away from being the top-placed British Formula Ford debutant in this year’s championship.

The final two rounds will be at Castle Combe on October 3.

Young Australian racing driver Daniel Erickson was an early retirement from Round 22 of the British Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch today.

The young Australian driver said his Spectrum 011c spun off the track after running into the rear of Chrissy Palmer’s car at Surtees corner on lap five of the 12-lap race.

“Chrissy braked early, leaving me with no option but to collide with him,” Erickson said.

Rather than soldier on in the race and gain only a point or two towards the championship, Erickson pitted to after the incident to conserve his little-worn tyres for a concerted attack in today’s second and final BFFC race (5.10pm UK time, 2.10am Monday AEST).

A solid day’s testing at Castle Combe (pronounced “koom”) last week has put Daniel Erickson close to the required pace for the last two rounds of the 2009 British Formula Ford Championship on October 3.

Like all of the venues in the prestigious development series, Castle Combe is new to the CAMS International Rising Star, making every practice lap another step along the learning curve. This test was all the more crucial, because there’ll be little margin for error during the unusual one-day race meeting.

The 3.0km former RAAF airfield circuit, near Bristol in south-west England, is very fast and bumpy, putting extra strain on the transmission and suspension. And there’s precious little space between the bitumen and the fences outside the sweeping corners, making any off-track excursion potentially very costly.

After 80-odd laps during the day in his Australian-built Spectrum 011c racer, Daniel was tired but reasonable satisfied with his day’s results with the Kevin Mills Racing team.

“It was a pretty tough day, physically and mentally,” he said. “Castle Combe is rougher than Silverstone or Oulton Park, more like Knockhill, and there aren’t many slow corners.

As usual we concentrated on finding ways to keep the car’s lap times consistently quick during the races. It’s important to start at the front, but it’s even more important to finish at the front!

“For the first two sessions I drove on the tyres I used at Brands Hatch the previous weekend. They were fairly well worn, so my lap times weren’t anything special. Then I changed to a set of tyres that hadn’t done quite as many laps, and my times improved quite markedly to 67.7-67.8 seconds. That was only a couple of tenths of a second off the circuit’s Formula Ford race lap record.

“In the last session before lunch the gearbox input shaft broke, which meant my mechanic, Greg, had to fix it before he could eat!

After lunch we fitted a set of new tyres, and I did a 67.3s lap. Our team was timing the other quick drivers, and the championship leader James Cole did 66.8s on new tyres, but that might have been with a qualifying set-up.”

Daniel said that he’s confident of being among the frontrunners in the two 18-minute races that will wrap up the 2009 series next month.

“We’re on the pace in qualifying – there are just a few things we need to work on to stay at the front in the races.”