For­mer Na­tional FF1600 cham­pion con­fi­dent KMR Spec­trum can power him to win

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Stu­art Gough will com­pete in his 13th Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy and his first in a modern For­mula Ford 1600 as he re­joins fron­trun­ning out­fit Kevin Mills Rac­ing.

Gough – the 2014 Na­tional, North­ern and Triple Crown FF1600 cham­pion – be­lieves that run­ning a KMR Spec­trum will give him his best chance at glory hav­ing never won the Sil­ver­stone sin­gle-seater show­case.

“There’s ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse not to chal­lenge for the win,” said Gough. “It’s a car that has been pretty dom­i­nant pace-wise, so it’s the best op­por­tu­nity, prob­a­bly ever, for me.”

KMR’S last Wal­ter Hayes vic­tory came courtesy of Scott Malvern in 2013. Gough has raced with the Wilt­shire out­fit pre­vi­ously, com­pet­ing in Bri­tish For­mula Ford in 2004. He fin­ished 13th in the stand­ings in a Van Diemen RF03, miss­ing the fi­nal four rounds of the year.

Gough will also com­pete in the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val at Brands Hatch on October 22, in his Old­field Mo­tor­sport-run Van Diemen DP08, a Du­ratec-to-kent-en­gine con­ver­sion. That car will also ap­pear at the Wal­ter Hayes meet­ing, run by Old­field, for Gough’s brother Ian, who lives in Syd­ney. Gough Jr won his class in the Aus­tralian For­mula Ford se­ries in Au­gust at Wakefield Park, and has made mul­ti­ple Wal­ter Hayes ap­pear­ances.

East­wood tar­get­ing ti­tle in ’17 Gough last raced for Kevin Mills in 2004

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