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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

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