Malvern’s moving up
PUBLISHED: 12:41 25 November 2010
Young Barkingside race ace is looking for right formula
BARKINGSIDE motoring racing star Scott Malvern was joined by drivers from this year’s Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain and Formula Ford stars of the future at the annual Formula Ford Sampler Day in Rockingham on Friday.
The 2010 Championship runner-up was joined by third place Daniel Cammish and the pair were given a maiden lap in the Formula Three cars run by Motul Team West-Tec.
Malvern drove a Mugen Honda-engined Dallara chassis to UK specification and after adapting to the demands of a Formula Three car, the Barkingside racer thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It was the first time I have driven a lap in a Formula Three car and it takes a bit of getting used to,” said Malvern.
“The top speed is not much different from the cars I’m used to driving, but it’s the corner speed that is completely different and the effect of the downforce.
“With the car I was driving this year you’ve got to stay in control and not trust them at any point, but with these Formula Three cars you’re taking corners at 100 miles per hour and you have to trust completely that the car can do it.
“It’s something you just adjust to mentally, that’s part of driving a car like that, it was an excellent experience.
“Driving for a Formula Three team would be ideal next season and there is a strong possibility I could drive for West-Tec.
“I want to test drive for other teams as well though before the season starts in April, so I can get an idea of the differences between teams and their cars.”
Malvern is currently waiting to see whether he is the winner of the £100,000 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Malvern is one of six finalists in line to win the six-figure prize and a test drive with Formula One team McLaren Mercedes.
The Ilford racer will discover whether he has won the prize at an awards dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel on December 5, but insists he is just excited to be invited to the event.
“The evening will be attended by all the top drivers, including guys from Formula One, so it will be a great experience,” he said.
“It’s a big stage for me to be on and hopefully things will go my way on the night.
“Many of the top drivers have gone on from winning this prize, so just to be in the running will hopefully increase my reputation.”
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