MALVERN SEALS TITLE WIN IN STYLE
Jamun Racing’s Scott Malvern is the 2011 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain title winner after taking yet another race victory, his 17th of the year, on the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit yesterday afternoon.
Sealing the prestigious crown in perfect style with his second race win of the weekend at the 2.5-mile East Midlands track, the 22-year-old is Jamun’s seventh successive champion. As during Saturday’s victory, the Mygale driver led from lights to flag and is now in a position to claim a remarkable total of 20 wins for the year if he can ace all three encounters during the season finale at Silverstone in a fortnight.
“It’s been so tough since the first round, where we had a nightmare. We had to regroup and think about how we were going to attack it again and the only thing we could do was win as many races as possible,” said the new champion. “The plan since then has been all-out attack, win every race we could, and that’s happened.
“Sometimes we’ve been fortunate, at other times the car has been mega and I’ve done the job. Massive thanks have to go to the guys at Jamun. The car has been amazing, it’s been a mega year and I really have to thank them.” Malvern added: “I’d love to win 20 races in one year, that would be fantastic and that is the goal now heading to Silverstone. More than that, though, I’m just going to go out and enjoy the races – I’ve won the championship and to go to Silverstone with no pressure whatsoever, that will be completely new to me so it’ll be an amazing feeling.
“For next year, we’ll move on to whatever the best option is for us if we can secure the funding. We’ll have to look at Formula 2, Formula 3 or GP3. I’ve got to take a big jump having stayed in Formula Ford for a couple of years. It was a risky strategy racing in Ford again this year; we had to win lots of races and the championship – but now we know we did the right thing.”.
Untroubled throughout the rain-affected final race of the weekend, Ilford-based Malvern won by over five seconds from JTR’s Geoff Uhrhane, who took second around the outside of fellow Australian Nick McBride (Jamun) and Dan de Zille (JTR) at Melbourne Hairpin on lap two with a sensational move.
Third for McBride, who took his maiden British Formula Ford victory after a superb battle with Malvern during this morning’s 20th round, means he is now 23 points clear of fellow Jamun runner Jeroen Slaghekke in the battle for second position in the championship standings.
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