Mur­ray to de­fend Wal­ter Hayes crown

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NIALL MUR­RAY WILL RE­TURN TO FOR­MULA

Ford ac­tion this week­end to de­fend his Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy suc­cess from 12 months ago.

The 22-year-old will con­test the an­nual Sil­ver­stone event aboard a Van Diemen LA10 that he has al­ready used to take the North­ern Ire­land For­mula Ford cham­pi­onship this sea­son.

“As the reign­ing win­ner of course you want to go on and de­fend the crown,” said Mur­ray, who dom­i­nated last year’s event in tor­ren­tial rain.

“If I win it this year, I would prob­a­bly try and do it next year for the hat-trick.

“Of course, you need a lot of luck. With the amount of en­tries there’s a big chance of some­thing go­ing wrong. If it goes wrong in the heats, you’ve more or less got very lit­tle chance [of win­ning].

“Just with the na­ture of Sil­ver­stone there’s a big chance of driv­ers 0.5 sec­onds off the pace be­ing up there and caus­ing an ac­ci­dent, which has hap­pened to me be­fore and is frus­trat­ing.”

Mur­ray will head­line a bumper en­try of more than 100 cars, in­clud­ing 2014 For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val win­ner James Raven, who will drive the Ray GR09 used by Neil Maclen­nan this sea­son.

“It’s def­i­nitely un­fin­ished busi­ness,” said Raven. “Last year I got taken out in the heat, and the year be­fore we were at the front but we were taken out in the fi­nal. Luck has al­ways evaded me there. We’ve al­ways been in the top three or top five at least, in terms of times. You need luck at the big events.”

Other lead­ing For­mula Ford driv­ers tak­ing part in­clude 2014 Na­tional FF1600 cham­pion Stu­art Gough – who will race a Kevin Mills Spec­trum – and 2017 Brands Hatch Fes­ti­val win­ner Joey Fos­ter.

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