Walter Hayes Trophy @ Silverstone 3rd/4th Nov
The Walter Hayes Trophy, first held in 2001, is the world’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event and takes place annually. Formula Ford 1600 has entertained at tracks since 1967, and for nearly fifty years has been the leading proving ground in junior single seater racing.
Luck ran out quickly for Ross at last year’s event and with an arguably tougher grid to compete against this year, he was excited to be back at Silverstone.
Showing a strong performance in both wet and dry testing, it was the clear the car was set-up well by the Graham Brunton Racing squad.
This performance continued into qualifying delivering a top 3 finish in heats. This would ultimately result in a starting position of 13 out of 34 for Sunday’s big race.
The threat of rain had loomed all day and in typical FF1600 style, rain arrived just in time for the race.
“The rain didn’t bother me as the car was great to drive,
a wet Silverstone in November isn’t easy, especially surrounded by another 33 cars, things were definitely intense.”
A strong start allowed 13th to be held for the opening few laps, then a charge for position was launched. There’s inevitably plenty of comings-together at the WHT but Ross steered clear and got himself up into 7th with one lap to go.
With the grid still tight at the top, it looked like a top 5 was possible but time ran out before a substantial attack could be made.
Ross had this to say following the race:
I’m elated to have achieved a top 10 finish. The last time I felt competition like this was at last year’s WHT. These guys have spent all year battling it out at different circuits up and down the country, it’s really satisfying to be able to show I can compete at British Formula Ford level.
I’ve not begun to worry too much about next year yet, I still have the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout to compete in in Phoenix, Arizona on the 8th and 9th of December.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to all my sponsors and family for their continued support.
… and Thanks to Rachel Bourne for the pictures.