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Spectrums Ready for Walter Hayes Trophy Challenge

A six-strong contingent of Spectrums will line up at Silverstone this weekend for the Walter Hayes Trophy race meeting, recognised as one of the most prestigious Formula Ford events in the world.

First conducted in 2001, the Walter Hayes Trophy is held as a tribute to 1970s Ford public relations executive Walter Hayes, who was instrumental in developing Ford’s Formula 1 program and also played a role in organising the Formula Ford Series in 1976.

Australian-built Spectrum Formula Fords have achieved success at the Walter Hayes Trophy, winning the event outright on three occasions. Adrian Campfield drove his Spectrum 011 to victory in 2011, while Scott Malvern came out on top in 2013.

Last year, it was Michael Moyers who took the win in his Spectrum 011, and Moyers will return to defend his crown this year.

Also on the grid will be Michael Eastwell, who was one of the stars of this year’s British Formula Ford Championship, finishing second outright.

Following a stint in USF2000 (highlighted by a podium in the final round), South African Julian Van Der Watt will drive a Spectrum this weekend, as will double Castle Combe Champion Roger Orgee and 2018 Chinese Formula 4 Champion Jordan Dempsey.

Rounding out the Spectrum attack is Alex Gillespie, another South African who has been competing in the SA Formula 1600 Championship.

The six cars will all be run by Kevin Mills Racing, the team that has previously engineered the WHT-winning Spectrums.

The Walter Hayes Trophy will consist of six qualifying sessions and six heat races on Saturday, followed by a progression race, a last-chance race, two semi-finals and the grand final on Sunday.

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