MALVERN TO MAKE SHOCK FFORD FES­TI­VAL RE­TURN

Bri­tish GT star gets drive with Geva Rac­ing

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

Mul­ti­ple Bri­tish sin­gle-seater cham­pion Scott Malvern will re­turn to the Kent For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val for the first time in seven years to spear­head the Geva Rac­ing team’s bid for its first vic­tory.

Malvern – the 2011 Bri­tish For­mula Ford cham­pion and 2012 For­mula Re­nault BARC win­ner – has signed with the lead­ing Dutch team to han­dle its con­verted My­gale GV14-K in the Oc­to­ber 22/23 event at Brands Hatch.

The 27-year-old from Bark­ing­side has been rac­ing a Porsche Cay­man GT4 in Bri­tish GT this term. Dur­ing his sin­gle­seater ca­reer he won the 2011 Du­ratec Fes­ti­val, but never won the Kent class, fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the road to Rory Butcher in 2009 on his only ap­pear­ance.

The 2013 Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy win­ner got his first test with Geva at Zolder last week and said: “It’s great to be back in a For­mula Ford, and es­pe­cially a My­gale as I haven’t raced one of those since I last won the Fes­ti­val in 2011. It felt a bit like be­ing home again.

“The Fes­ti­val is a spe­cial event, and not win­ning the Kent ver­sion is a gap on my CV so I’m ex­cited to come back with a top team and have a shot at it again.”

Geva Rac­ing’s Nel­son Valken­burg said: “The Fes­ti­val is the big one for us each year and we’ve come close to win­ning it be­fore, but it’s al­ways passed us by.

“We’ve been great com­peti­tors with Scott and the Ja­mun team, so it will be great to join forces and we def­i­nitely stand a chance at win­ning this year. We needed a quick driver who un­der­stood the My­gale and the Avon tyres, and Scott fits the bill per­fectly.

“Iron­i­cally we ran Steijn Schothorst to sec­ond place be­hind Scott in 2011, and it’s that ex­act SJ10 chas­sis that we con­verted to Kent-spec for him to race this year. Hope­fully he can make it a win­ner.”

Pho­tos: Geva Rac­ing, James Beck­ett

Malvern had first test in My­gale at Zolder Malvern will go for Kent vic­tory

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