Barkingside’s Scott is smiling again after stronger display at Snetterton
PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 July 2015
After disappointment at Silverstone last time out, Scott Malvern bounced back with a bang
Barkingside racer Scott Malvern declared his result last weekend as “not a bad day at the office” after a stunning performance at the latest round of the Enduro Radical Championships earned him a second place finish and closed the gap on leader Steve Burgess.
Malvern secured pole position on Saturday with a superb drive in qualifying, but always knew he would be up against when racing against Burgess and Scott Mansell the following day.
The championship leader and Mansell were both racing solo at Snetterton in Norfolk against Malvern and his Kevin Mills Racing team mate Nick Jones.
But despite that, Barkingside driver Malvern was able to drive through the crowd to finish as runner-up in the event, much to his delight.
Malvern said: “We did our best in the circumstances. Mansell ahead of me was driving solo for the whole race so as a pairing we were going to struggle to catch him.
“I think if we could’ve gone on for another few minutes I would have eaten into his lead even more.
“However, we bagged a great second place as well as the bonus points for pole position in qualifying and fastest lap of the race.
“I have closed down the gap on championship leader Burgess, who came fourth, which is what we really needed to do. Not a bad day at the office.”
After losing top spot in the championship standings at Silverstone last time out, Malvern knew he needed to have success at Snetterton and he certainly achieved that.
His second place finish was only possible after he secured pole on Saturday in extremely tough conditions, battling against a slippery track.
After finishing first in the qualifying sessions, Malvern voiced his concerns about why Burgess and Mansell were allowed to race solo.
He added: “I was delighted with pole, especially as it was very tricky out there with the track getting faster towards the end of the session. But it was difficult to gauge how hard to push as you can see others, who had incidents.
“It was still going to be difficult with some of the other drivers, like Burgess and Mansell, electing to drive solo, which is a big advantage in this type of race and one I would like to see the championship organisers address in a fairer manner for everyone.”
After getting pole, Malvern allowed team-mate Jones to do the first stint and after 20 minutes he came in with the car in seventh position in the race.
Malvern had a lot of work to do, but set about it straight away and 10 minutes into his stint, he was already battling for third place with championship leader Burgess.
Eventually the Barkingside driver showed his class and got into third and that was the best his team manager expected.
Kevin Mills added: “At that point I thought third was probably where we would finish. I knew Scott was very fast, but I thought there was just too much to do.”
But Malvern hadn’t read the script and after eating away at his lap time and setting several fastest laps, he passed Ed Cockhill.
Although Malvern didn’t have enough time to give race winner Mansell a run for his money, the event was a timely return to form for the Kevin Mills Racing Team.
Malvern and Jones now have a few weeks to relax before the championship goes overseas in September for the penultimate event, a triple header at the legendary Spa circuit in Belgium. It is likely to be another thriller.