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Formula Ford: Walter Hayes Trophy 2017

It was a fantastic weekend of close racing at Silverstone for the final race of the HSCC calendar, the Walter Hayes Trophy. With large grids of Formula Fords, Closed Wheel races, including the British Women’s Racing Drivers Club and for the first time a Britcar into the night endurance race.

Lifting the Walter Hayes Trophy for the first time in his career in Formula Ford was an emotional Michael Moyers, who crossed the finish line just ahead of Josh Fisher in a superb display of  close, hard fought racing.

After an extremely wet qualifying session on Saturday morning, which saw more than its fair share of incidents there was success in the afternoons races for Matt Round-Garrido, Ross Martin, Joey Foster, Keith Donegan, Michael Moyers and Josh Foster.

Meanwhile last years champion Niall Murray tangled with Keith Donegan after a fierce battle between Murray and the front sitters, Donegan was set to take the win but a 3.3 second time penalty was given to him putting Jonathan Kotyk on the top step of the podium and Murray in second place.  

BRDC British F3 driver and former British GT GT4 champion Jamie Chadwick competed across the weekend, finishing third in Race 3 encountered a problem with positioning on the grid in the Grand Final, but eventually finished in 25th place.

The conditions although colder and breezier were much drier on Sunday for the Grand Final race. Moyers who started in third place took an early lead and after making a move on Josh Fisher in the closing lap crossed the finish line just fractions of a second ahead of Fisher with James Raven in third place.

There was a large group of retirees in the race including Cameron Jackson, Thomas McArthur and David McArthur who were caught up in the carnage behind a spin involving Jonathan Kotyk and Stuart Gough. While in the closing laps, Matthew Cowley, Jack Wolfenden, Oliver White, Joshua Smith, Ross Martin and Joey Fisher also bowed out.

Moyers who was overcome by the win has had a lengthy career in Formula Ford and has been with Kevin Mills Racing for the last 6 years, at last striking the winning formula in the teams Spectrum 011C.

Allison Remzi      Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick ©Allison Remzi