Malvern ‘honoured’ to help Henry Surtees Foundation
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 July 2015
Racing car driver takes part in fundraising event
Barkingside’s Scott Malvern took a break from championship action to help raise funds for the Henry Surtees Foundation recently.
The charity was set up following the death of legendary racing driver John Surtees’ son Henry, who suffered a fatal accident while competing in the Formula Two championship at Brands Hatch in 2009.
With the fundraising event taking place at the historic Brooklands track in Surrey, Malvern was entrusted with driving the iconic 1972 Surtees TS10 Formula 2.
The vehicle had been driven by John – the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels – to win that year’s Japanese Grand Prix and by Mike Hailwood to the European Formula Two title.
In attendance in Surrey with Malvern were the 1996 F1 world champion Damon Hill, five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell and celebrity chef Paul Hollywood, with the event raising over £60,000.
Malvern had previously raced against Henry Surtees during his junior karting days and was honoured to take part in the event.
“It’s a massive privilege to be able to drive this classic car at this highly historic venue and I can’t thank the great John Surtees enough for letting me do so,” said Malvern.
“I knew his son Henry when we raced in cadet karts together and it’s so inspiring that John has established this charity in his name.
“It has already raised so much money for good causes, such as the Kent Air Ambulance. I’m going to be smiling all day because that was such a thrill.”
The speedster’s attention, though, must quickly switch back to the next round of the Enduro Radical Championship which takes place this weekend.
Malvern will take to the Snetterton track in Norfolk alongside his Kevin Mills Racing team-mate Nick Jones.
It is a return to the track where the season started and the team began well with two podium finishes, with third place in the opening race and a step up to second in the second race at the track near Thetford.
The pair will be hoping for better luck in Thetford this week after a torrid time at the last round at Silverstone which saw them lose top spot in the championships.
A series of mechanical woes dogged their time at the home of British racing and saw the duo drop to third in the standings and lose ground on their rivals.
It is not the first time the team have been beset by misfortune this season and Malvern is hoping that will be the last of it this year, adding: “I’m just hoping we’ve used up all of our bad luck for the year.
“There is still a lot of racing to do so we will just keep pushing hard until the final chequered flag is waved.”
Having rubbed shoulders with some of motorsport’s finest, this will surely have given Malvern all the motivation he needs for success at Snetterton.
But, like all racing drivers, he knows that he and team-mate Jones will need a fair amount of luck to go with it, something which has eluded them thus far.
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