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Gremlins haunt Scott but he still manages new Brands hatch lap record

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 April 2013

Scott Malvern set a new lap record on the Sunday morning.

Scott Malvern set a new lap record on the Sunday morning.

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Barkingside’s Scott Malvern was beset by mechanical problems at Brands Hatch

Barkingside’s Scott Malvern endured a difficult weekend at Brands Hatch in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford 200 Championship.

But there were still some positives as he showed pace by setting the fastest lap of all cars racing at the Easter British Touring Car meeting and a new lap record for the Indy Circuit.

With just a half day of testing prior to the two 40-minute practice sessions on the Friday warm-up, Malvern knew that he was likely to be on the back foot.

Nevertheless, his times in the official qualifying session were good enough to give Malvern front row starts in second place for all three races.

The signs didn’t look good when his engine wouldn’t fire up in the holding area immediately before the first race on Saturday afternoon.

Although they managed to start the car, it was clear the Barkingside man was short on power and just over the halfway distance he cruised into the pits with a misfiring engine. A glitch in the computer controlled electrical system was later diagnosed.

Race two was held in extremely cold conditions on Sunday morning but Malvern’s performance was much better and he set a new lap record in his unsuccessful attempt to chase down race leader Dan Cammish.

Unfortunately the bad luck returned for race three when his car was tagged by that of his Argentinian team-mate Nico Maranzana and sent into a spin at Graham Hill bend.

Malvern had no option, but to let the whole field pass before spinning his car around on the grass and setting off again. He pushed his way back up to eighth and fell just short of joining a three-car battle for fifth.

The multiple single seater champion was philosophical in summing up his weekend.

“We showed we had the speed all through the weekend, but one way or another we just didn’t have the rub of the green,” said Malvern.

“I’m not sure what we are going to do next. We only had enough funding for this weekend so we are going to have to regroup and see what can be done. I’d really like to thank Contract Lift Solutions and all of my other supporters for getting me here and I’m only sorry we couldn’t deliver a better set of results.”

The next Dunlop MSA Formula Ford 200 Championship event is at Donington Park in Leicestershire on April 20-21 and there will again be live TV coverage on ITV4.

Any potential partners interested in helping Malvern get onto the grid should get in touch with Dominic Malvern on 07940 204985 or dominicmalvern@yahoo.co.uk.


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