Walter Hayes Trophy

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The Walter Hayes Trophy is a non-championship Formula Ford race. Sanctioned by the Historic Sports Car Club and created by James Beckett the race has grown into the most prestigious Formula Ford race worldwide. The race is held annually in November at the Silverstone Circuit.

History[edit]

Walter Hayes was a Ford public relations executives. As the public relations executive Hayes was very much involved with racing. Hayes died on 26 December 2000, aged 76.

The first Walter Hayes Trophy was held at Silverstone between 26 and 28 August 2001. Neil Fowler won the inaugural race in a classic Lola T200 beating 48 competitors.[1] The 2001 race was the only Trophy held in August as part of the Silverstone Historic Festival. The race was sanctioned by the BRDC.[2] As of 2002 the race is a stand-alone event hosted by the HSCC. Gavin Wills won the race in 2002. Joey Foster won the race three times in succession in 2003, 2004 and 2005 in Reynard chassis. Foster is the most successful Walter Hayes Trophy racer along with Peter Dempsey, both winning the race three times. Three Team USA Scholarship racers won the race, Conor Daly in 2008, Connor De Phillippi in 2009 and Tristan Nunez in 2012. Fellow Team USA Scholarship driver Oliver Askew finished second in 2016.[3]

Winners[edit]

Year Driver Team Car
2001 United Kingdom Neil Fowler Neil Fowler Lola T200
2002 United Kingdom Gavin Wills Team West-Tec Swift SC92
2003 United Kingdom Joey Foster Marque Cars Reynard 92FF
2004 United Kingdom Joey Foster Marque Cars Reynard 89FF
2005 United Kingdom Joey Foster Marque Cars Reynard 89FF
2006 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS06
2007 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS05
2008 United States Conor Daly Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS07/08
2009 United States Connor De Phillippi Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS08
2010 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS05
2011 United Kingdom Adrian Campfield Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum 011C
2012 United States Tristan Nunez Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS08
2013 United Kingdom Scott Malvern Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum
2014 United Kingdom Wayne Boyd Medina Motorsport Van Diemen MS13
2015 United Kingdom Graham Carroll BM Racing Van Diemen JL13
2016 Republic of Ireland Niall Murray Bernard Dolan Racing Van Diemen RF99
2017 United Kingdom Michael Moyers Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum 011C
2018 United Kingdom Michael Moyers Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum 011C
2019 Republic of Ireland Jordan Dempsey Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum 011C

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walter Hayes Trophy (2001-to date)". Motorsport Winners.
  2. ^ "Walter Hayes and the best investment in F1". Walter Hayes. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Alumni". Team USA Scholarship. Retrieved 26 October 2017.