Silverstone set for Trophy spectacle

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The 14th-running of the Walter Hayes Trophy takes place at Silverstone this weekend with over 120 cars set to line-up for the world’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event.

Competitors from a host of countries, including Australia, America, France and Portugal, have made their way to Silverstone to join the very best from Britain.

Scott Malvern is the reigning champion and he returns to defend his crown in a Spectrum car for the Kevin Mills Racing team, while three-time winners, Joey Foster and Peter Dempsey, are also in the entry list.

Winner of last week’s Formula Ford Festival, James Raven, is another contender, as is British Formula Ford champion Jayde Kruger.

Racing will take place around the Silverstone 1.6-mile National Circuit, with track action starting with qualifying from 9am on Saturday morning.

Six Walter Hayes Trophy heats take place on the opening day of competition before the competition progresses to Sunday and racers begin the knockout section.

The top 36 racers will line-up in Sunday’s Grand Final, where the winner will be presented with the Walter Hayes Trophy itself.

The Advertiser & Review region is well represented in the competition.

Gawcott’s Dan Fox drives a PRS 81F for Team Fox Racin, with British GT Championship racer, Aaron Scott, will racing for Chackmore’s Sheshon Racing in their Van Diemen RF78.

Silverstone-based Speedsport have two cars entered, while the track’s National Motorsport College will also be seen on the track with Jayde Kruger at the wheel of their Van Diemen.

Another local racer targeting victory this weekend is Towcester’s Michael Moyers, who has been a race winner in the competition in previous years without ever winning the Grand Final.

Moyers said: “The Walter Hayes Trophy is the world’s biggest Formula Ford event and this is the race meeting that everyone wants to win.

“I have enjoyed good results here at Silverstone in previous years and my whole season has been built around this competition.”

Moyers will form part of an impressive Kevin Mills Racing squad that includes reigning Walter Hayes Trophy champion Malvern

Admission to the circuit is £10 on each day. Children aged under 15 are admitted free of charge. The circuit will also host a huge bonfire and fireworks display after track action on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Brackley’s Anthony Davidson will defend his lead at the top of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in China this weekend when the 6 Hours of Shanghai takes place.

Davidson won the last round of the WEC in Japan and leads the way in the Drivers’ Standings for Toyota.

The 35-year-old, who will again be driving a Toyota TS040 Hybrid, said: “The championship is very finely balanced. Finishing is everything in endurance racing and we must make sure that we do not slip up.”

Sharing driving duties with Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre, Davidson expects his car will be in contention for victory on Sunday, adding: “We just have to concentrate and work hard throughout this race.

“The most important thing is not to make any mistakes and keep everything safe. Heavy traffic always plays its part in a long distance race so you have to keep aware at all times.”