STEPHEN LICKORISH JUNIOR REPORTER
Wayne Boyd, Stuart Gough, Joey Foster, Graham Carroll, Chris Middlehurst, Michael Moyers, James Raven… The list of top Formula Ford 1600 racers at the Walter Hayes Trophy was vast.
Between them they have contested hundreds of FF1600 races in the UK. But all of them were beaten at Silverstone by two Americans in only their second weekend of UK racing.
In fact one of them was only in his fifth ever race meeting – and his first in the wet. Oliver Askew’s second place behind the sublime Niall Murray was an incredible achievement.
But even more impressive was Kyle Kirkwood’s recovery drive to fourth – it was one of the most remarkable comebacks I have ever seen. After a clash with Ben Norton in his heat, the Team USA Scholarship driver had to storm through the field in the progression race, last chance race and first semi-final to secure a place towards the back of the final grid.
He then picked off cars left, right and centre to finish fourth – that was 72 cars passed in one day. A very different sort of performance to Askew’s, but undeniably impressive.
It’s worth remembering both of those names.