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This year, I have been fortunate enough to spectate at the Silverstone rounds of the World Endurance Championship, British GT and British Touring Cars (my traditional visits to the grand prix and Silverstone Classic were prevented by clashing engagements). At each of these events, I witnessed some fantastic motorsport (and some bad examples) in both the main and support categories.
However, the closest, most entertaining racing I have seen in 2017 was provided by my most recent trip to the circuit, for the Walter Hayes Trophy. I was only in attendance from Semi Final 1 onwards, but every race was action packed, with the lead never being guaranteed from one lap to the next. Particular highlights were Joey Foster’s last-gasp victory in Semi Final 2 and the gaggle of five cars fighting for victory in the Historic Formula Ford Consolation Race (it is always great to see a Mallock in the mix with some of its more aesthetically pleasing rivals).
Most important of all, I was glad to be present at the podium presentation to see Michael Moyer’s emotional victory speech. A well-deserved win, at last! Also, it was good to see motorsport politics taking a back seat to genuine passion (a rare occurrence). Many congrats to Michael and everyone else for putting on such a great show. Richard Newell By email
Reader Newell reckons Walter Hayes Trophy outdid WEC, British GT and BTCC for sheer entertainment value