Hayes Fever! Event set for Silverstone

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The 13th-running of the Walter Hayes Trophy takes place at Silverstone this weekend with more than 120 Formula Ford competitors from around the world lining up to compete, writes James Beckett.

The annual category showcase attracts teams and drivers from all corners of the globe, with drivers attempting to qualify for Sunday’s Grand Final and the chance to win the Walter Hayes Trophy.

A huge entry comprises of two former three-time winners of the WHT. Joey Foster and Peter Dempsey will both be aiming to make it four wins, while multiple Autosport Award winner, Scott Malvern, also takes part.

Niall Murray, winner of last weekend’s Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, leads the entry from Ireland while Jake Eidson and Joey Bickers visit Silverstone to represent Team USA. Scott Hargrove will drive the Team Canada entry.

In a coup for the meeting, former Grand Prix driver, Vincenzo Sospiri, makes a return to the category where he made his name by driving a Van Diemen RF88 owned by Nigel Thompson. Sospiri won the 1988 Formula Ford Festival, a race regarded by many as the best FF1600 race of all-time.

Track action starts from 9am today with the Grand Final due to start shortly after 3pm on Sunday.