WAL­TER HAYES TRO­PHY

Motor Sport News - - Insight: Things To See In ’17 - Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

When: Novem­ber 4/5 Where: Sil­ver­stone, Northamp­ton­shire Web: sil­ver­stone.co.uk Any event held in Novem­ber must be pretty good to make it worth brav­ing the cold for. The Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy is more than just pretty good.

While the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val a fort­night ear­lier may be the orig­i­nal FF1600 knock­out event, the Wal­ter Hayes has grown hugely.

Last year an in­cred­i­ble 109 driv­ers turned up to take part in the end-of-season fi­nale. And they weren’t just any driv­ers. The roll call of cat­e­gory stars was lengthy with three former win­ners and a plethora of past podium fin­ish­ers on the grid.

While Niall Murray may have run away with the fi­nal last year, the bat­tling be­hind was in­tense. The heat, pro­gres­sion, last chance, semi-fi­nal, fi­nal for­mat makes it per­fect for bril­liant sto­ries to be told – such as Kyle Kirk­wood gain­ing 72 places on the Sun­day to fin­ish fourth over­all in the fi­nal.

What­ever the weather you can be sure of a bril­liant at­mos­phere in the BRDC grand­stand over­look­ing Brook­lands, of­ten the scene of some crack­ing passes. Ev­ery­body is to­gether, and it can be elec­tric. Should you want a brief break from the Kent ex­cite­ment there are some all­com­ers sup­port races that at­tract a di­verse en­try.

Put quite sim­ply, it’s an ex­cel­lent way to end your motorsport season.

Old meets new dur­ing Ral­ly­day’s broad con­tent

The Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy brings to­gether all that is great about For­mula Ford 1600 rac­ing in the UK

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