Malvern shines on Spa trip
PUBLISHED: 11:30 10 September 2015
Barkingside boy helps team pick up vital points in championship hunt
Scott Malvern remains well in the hunt to win the Radical Masters Enduro Championship after a series of stunning drives at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
The Barkingside racer competed in the Supersport SR3 class, but was lapping faster than some of those competing in the more powerful Spyder and SR8 cars.
Malvern started the first race of the weekend in 23rd place, but quickly worked his way through the field to lead at the halfway stage.
Following an extended pit stop due to a success penalty for their great performance at the previous round, team-mate Nick Jones took over for his stint and eventually guided the car to ninth place overall and sixth in their category.
The weather had changed ahead of race two the following morning, which began on a wet track as the drizzle was stopping.
Knowing the track would start to dry up, Malvern elected to begin on slick tyres as opposed to full wets like the majority of his rivals.
A brilliant first lap by Barkingside’s Malvern moved him up to second, before the safety car was deployed and he began to struggle to get heat into the tyres on a cold track.
When the race restarted, class leader Ed Cockill, on full wets, was able to pull away from Malvern with his superior grip, but the Barkingside racer knew he had to play a waiting game with the drying track favouring him.
Malvern was able to overtake Cockill and open up a 20-second advantage before handing over to Jones, who guided the car to fourth overall and second in class.
In the final race, Malvern enjoyed an early tussle with namesake Scott Mansell, but was again able to hand over in the lead to Jones, who finished fourth in class and tenth overall to cap a successful weekend for the team.
The points Malvern and Jones collected in Belgium could prove vital with just one round remaining in the championship.
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