Walter Hayes Trophy, Silverstone - 2010

Posted by Nathan Ward on November 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

My final event of the 2010 season was at Silverstone, competing in the Walter Hayes Trophy. This is the largest single class race event in the world, attracting over 120 of the finest Formula Ford drivers. With drivers from the USA, the Netherlands and all over the UK, this is the most competitive FF1600 event of the year.

A dry test day on Thursday and a wet session on Friday gave chance to develop setup so that we were ready for anything during racing at the weekend.

I was drawn in the fourth heat with some of the top drivers in the competition including a double winner of the Walter Hayes Trophy event, a former Castle Combe Club Champion and a National Formula Ford driver.

I qualified 5th on the grid for my heat and after a very uneventful 8 lap heat, I crossed the lin 5th. This meant I progressed straight into the semi-final without the need to enter any progression races. I started the semi-final in 13th and had a tough race before bringing the car home in 10th place.

This was enough to qualify 20th in the Grand Final, an honour which eluded me last year. The final was the first session where I started against the pit wall and at the start I was squeezed hard against the wall but managed to battle hard and after 15 frantic laps I finished 18th.

Considering the closeness of the competition and the profile of some drivers in the final, I was very happy to have finished in the top 20.

I have throughly enjoyed myself this year and the results reflect the hard work put in by everybody at Golden Bull Racing and Swift Cooper.

Plans for 2011 are still being negotiated, but all signs are pointing to another exciting and successful year.


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