Scott Malvern 2012 Formula Renault Champion
23 February 1989 |
Barking, United Kingdom
|Formula Renault BARC career|
|Current team||Cullen Motorsport|
|Former teams||Cliff Dempsey Racing|
|Best finish||1st in 2012|
|Formula Ford EuroCup
British Formula Ford Championship
Club Formula Ford
Irish Formula Ford 1600
|Formula Renault BARC
Formula Ford Festival
British Formula Ford Championship
Club Formula Ford National, Post '89
Club Formula Ford, Midland South
|Autosport Club Driver of the Year
BRDC Henry Surtees Award
BRDC Rising Star
Scott Aaron Malvern (born 23 February 1989) is a British racing driver, currently competing in the British GT Championship who is best known for winning the 2011 British Formula Ford Championship, the 2012 Formula Renault BARC championship and twice being nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.Malvern was also awarded the British Racing Drivers Club Henry Surtees Award in 2011 and the Autosport Club Driver of the Year in 2012.
Born in Barking, Malvern attended Fairlop Primary School in Barkingside Greater London (where he grew up) and then Caterham High School in Clayhall before going on to study engineering at University whilst also working as a race mechanic. Malvern had an extensive karting career, having gained an interest in the sport when he took part in a summer holiday fun day at The Brentwood Raceway Arrive & Drive circuit near Great Warley. Scott made his race debut at the Buckmore Park circuit in Kent in January 1998. Scott competed between 1998 and 2007 in various series. His first championships came in 1999 at the 60 cc Comer Cadet level, winning the BPKC Henry Moore Memorial Shield and Lydd Club Championship for Keith Baines Motorsport. He won several more club level championships but the closest he came to winning a national championship title was when he finished runner-up, for Project One Racing, in the 2005 Super 1 National Formula TKM Extreme Championship, finishing 37 points behind Adam Constable in the final championship standings. He also won the Renault Champion of Champions title in 2005. His kart career ended in December 2007 with a victory at The PF International circuit in Lincolnshire driving a Gillard chassis for Project One Racing in the popular Rotax Max class. A few days later Scott sampled a Formula Ford car for the first time with the Jamun Racing Team at Silverstone.
Malvern did not race during the 2008 season, but remained involved in motorsport working as a mechanic for British Formula Ford Champions Jamun Racing based in Rochester, Kent. Along with testing the team's cars during the season, Malvern worked as number one mechanic on the car of Tim Blanchard, one of the team's drivers in that season's British Formula Ford Championship; Blanchard finished the season as runner-up to another Jamun driver, Wayne Boyd. Malvern made his race debut in a Formula Ford car, and indeed in car racing, at the start the 2009 season at the relatively late age of 20 years old, moving to the Cliff Dempsey Racing team in the Webcon UK National Formula Ford Championship. Competing in the class for cars built after 1989, Malvern was immediately competitive winning a race and finishing 2nd on his National FF1600 debut weekend at Anglsey and also set two new lap records (the circuit used two different layouts that weekend) and then went on to win the national championship with six victories in the season's fourteen races; the title was not confirmed until two months after the season-ending race at Mondello Park. He also won the Midlands South sub-championship (where he competed in only half of the ten rounds), as well as finishing third in the North West sub-championship (where he took part in just four of ten rounds), and won a race on a guest appearance in the Irish Formula Ford 1600 series & beat hot favourite Rory Butcher to win the Jackie Stewart Golden Helmet Trophy at the Scottish Speed Festival at Knockhill. Malvern's season ended with a second-place finish to Rory Butcher in the Kent class of the Formula Ford Festival, missing out on victory by just 0.069 seconds.
Malvern remained with Cliff Dempsey Racing as he moved into the British Formula Ford Championship for the 2010 season. In his first meeting at Oulton Park, Malvern won the second of the weekend's three races as well as finishing second in the other two races to hold the championship lead ahead of Jamun Racing's Scott Pye. Pye and Malvern maintained their title battle throughout the season; Pye won a total of twelve races during the season compared to two for Malvern – adding to his Oulton Park win with a victory at the sixth meeting of the year at Silverstone – but Malvern's greater consistency allowed him to maintain the gap to Pye. Malvern out-scored Pye over the course of the season, by 582 points to 581, on gross points scoring, but championship regulations stipulated that a driver's best 23 scores – from the 25 races scheduled – counted towards the final drivers' championship standings. As a result, Malvern had to drop a tenth-place finish from Donington Park and a twelfth place at Knockhill – slowed after a collision with Pye's Jamun team-mate Josh Hill – while Pye did not have to drop points after three retirements, one of which came after a collision with Malvern; ultimately, Pye won the title by 19 points. Malvern finished the season with fourteen podium finishes, and finished all bar three races in the top five placings. He finished the season with a fourth-place finish in the Duratec class of the Formula Ford Festival, and was nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, but lost out to Formula Renault UK driver Lewis Williamson.
Having set his sights on a move into the British Formula Three Championship, Malvern remained in Formula Ford for a second season in 2011, and returned to Jamun Racing for the first time since working as a mechanic three years previously. Malvern was the dominant driver during the campaign, taking no fewer than a record seventeen overall victories, as well as another British series win – eighteen wins in total – when he was the top placed British-registered driver during one of the season's rounds at Zandvoort. He also dominated the revived Formula Ford EuroCup, held alongside the British Formula Ford season. Malvern amassed the most points at each of the four meetings scheduled – all non-championship events – amassing nine wins from the eleven races to be held over the course of the EuroCup. He rounded off the season with victory in the 40th Formula Ford Festival, becoming the first driver since Wayne Boyd in 2008 to add the Festival victory to a championship title. The victory took his season tally of wins to 27 from 33 race starts. Malvern was nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for the second year in succession, but again lost out, this time to Formula Renault UK driver Oliver Rowland.
After taking part in 2011 post-season testing in both GP3 Series and FIA Formula Two Championship machinery, budgetary concerns meant that Malvern remained in domestic formulae racing into the 2012 season; he moved into the Formula Renault BARC Championship which enjoyed a boom year with grids regularly achieving thirty plus cars largely due to the cancellation of the Formula Renault UK Championship. Top teams such as Fortec, MGR and HHC supported the championship but Malvern returned to Cliff Dempsey Racing, after one season with Jamun. With no pre-season testing, Malvern looked set for a dream debut when he gained a comfortable lead in the opening round of the championship until a gear linkage problem saw him slip down the order with just a few laps to go but he did achieve a race victory during his first meeting at Snetterton, winning the third of the weekend's races. From that point on, Malvern finished all bar two races on the podium, taking two further victories during the season at Thruxton – taking the championship lead – and Donington Park. Despite a mid-season split from Cliff Dempsey Racing, Malvern ran with Cullen Motorsport for the remainder of the season – as well as undertaking a driver coach role for the team's British Formula Ford driver Ryan Cullen – maintaining title emphasis during his first season of "slicks-and-wings" racing. Malvern entered the final round of the season with a 23-point lead over MGR Motorsport's Josh Webster, with two podiums securing him the title by 42 points on gross scores, and 33 points overall – 368 points to 335 – after dropped scores came into effect. Malvern's successful year was recognised by the readers of Autosport magazine who awarded him Club Driver of the Year. Previous recipients have included Lewis Hamilton, David Colulthard & Dario Franchitti.
Walter Hayes Trophy success & move into Sports Cars
In 2013 Malvern was forced to rely on a handful of guest appearances including the opening round of the new Ecoboost 200 Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch where he achieved a 2nd place and established a new lap record. He also made a successful guest appearance in the Ariel Atom Cup at Oulton Park taking a win, a 2nd place and two fastest laps in two races. There were high hopes that a move to the Road to Indycar ladder may be possible when he impressed highly in a test in a Formula Pro-Mazda car for Team Pelftrey at Sebring in Florida USA but sadly budget constraints made the move impossible. He finished the season by making his debut in the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, with the Kevin Mills Racing Team, and completely dominated the event leading every lap of his heat, semi final and the grand final taking victory by an emphatic margin of over eight seconds and setting a new lap record in the process.
In 2014 & 2015 Malvern made the switch to sportscar racing in the Radical UK Enduro Championship (with a couple of guest appearances in the European Championship). Malvern competed with businessman, and former Formula Ford 1600 racer Nick Jones as a pro-am pairing, run by the Kevin Mills Racing Team, and had some success finishing on the podium at Donington on their debut weekend and winning a race, as a solo driver, at the same circuit later in the year. In 2015 the pairing enjoyed several podiums, including a win at Rockingham Motor Speedway, and finished as the top Pro-Am pairing and third overall in the championship. In 2014 he also returned to Formula Ford to race in the Bert Ray Memorial Trophy on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch winning the event and setting a new lap record.
For 2016 Malvern has remained with Nick Jones but moved to the Simpson Motorsport Team and entered the British GT Championship in the GT4 Class. The pair have registered to campaign a new Porsche Cayman GT Clubsport but due to a delay in the delivery of the car from the Porsche factory they have begun the campaign in a borrowed Ginetta G55. So far Malvern has recorded three fastest laps in the four races and led the class comfortably at Oulton Park until forced into the pits with a power steering problem. The pairing finally switched to the Porsche Cayman GT Clubsport from the Silverstone round but with the car in track-day spec whilst they await the delivery of the GT4 homoligation pack. Aftre the Silverstone round Malvern & Jones left the Simpson Motorsport Team and joined Team Parker Racing.
Renowned website Driver Database show Malvern's impressive career statistics give him a win ratio of 40% race starts being converted to victories and 65% podium finishes from 140 race starts to date (June 2016) Full career statistics are available * Scott Malvern career summary at DriverDB.com
|2009||National Formula Ford – Post '89||Cliff Dempsey Racing||14||6||2||6||12||221||1st|
|Midland South Club Formula Ford||5||3||1||2||4||91||1st|
|North West Club Formula Ford – Post '89||4||2||1||3||4||71||3rd|
|Formula Ford 1600 Ireland||3||1||0||2||1||N/A||NC†|
|Formula Ford Festival – Kent class||1||0||0||1||1||N/A||2nd|
|2010||British Formula Ford Championship||Cliff Dempsey Racing||25||2||2||5||14||562[N 1]||2nd|
|Formula Ford Festival – Duratec class||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||4th|
|2011||British Formula Ford Championship||Jamun Racing||24||18||12||11||20||614||1st|
|Formula Ford EuroCup||11||9||7||4||10||N/A[N 2]|
|Formula Ford Festival – Duratec class||1||1||1||0||1||N/A||1st|
|2012||Formula Renault BARC||Cliff Dempsey Racing with Cullen Motorsport||14||3||1||7||11||368[N 3]||1st|
|2013||British Formula Ford Championship||Jamun Racing||3||0||0||2||1||45||17th|
|Walter Hayes Trophy||Kevin Mills Racing||1||1||1||1||1||N/A||1st|
|2014||Radical SR3 Challenge||Kevin Mills Racing||12||1||0||0||2||0||NC†|
|Walter Hayes Trophy||?||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||DNF|
|2015||Radical Enduro Championship||Kevin Mills Racing||13||1||3||4||6||445||3rd|
|Radical European Masters - Supersport||1||0||0||0||0||30||14th|
|2016||British GT Championship - GT4 Class||Simpson Motorsport||5||0||0||3||0||22.5||14th|
|Team Parker Racing||4||0||0||0||0|
† As Malvern was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points. * Season still in progress.
Complete British GT Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap in class)
|2016||Simpson Motorsport||Ginetta G55 GT4||GT4||BRH
|Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4||SIL
|Team Parker Racing||SPA
- Net championship points; Malvern scored 582 points in total, but had to discard his two lowest points scores per the championship's regulations.
- Events were held separately as one-off meetings, with points not accrued over the season. Malvern was the "Weekend Winner" at each of the four meetings held.
- Net championship points; Malvern scored 379 points in total, but had to discard his lowest points score per the championship's regulations.
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- Smith, Ian (18 November 2009). "Malvern confirmed as National Club FF Champion". British Racing and Sports Car Club. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "News Archive: October 2009". The Grid. 11/56 MotorSport. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
Rory Butcher won the Formula Ford Festival Kent final at Brands Hatch today (Sunday). After winning his heat yesterday and his semi final earlier today Butcher held off his season long rival Scott Malvern to win by just 0.069 secs whilst third went to Neville Smythe who was breathing down the leading pairs' necks just 0.129 off the winners time.
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- "Malvern puts down marker". British Racing and Sports Car Club. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Gent, James (12 October 2011). "Formula Ford's runaway winner". Motor Sport. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Williamson wins BRDC McLaren Autosport Award". British Racing Drivers' Club. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Malvern joins Jamun and aims for title". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Beer, Matt (24 October 2011). "Scott Malvern, Kevin Korjus and Brandon Maisano among drivers set for GP3 test". Autosport. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Paice, Simon (15 August 2011). "Malvern claims another Eurocup success". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Scott Malvern takes Formula Ford Festival honours". MotorSportVision.co.uk. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Malvern wins Festival, pays tribute to Dan Wheldon". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "McLaren award British teenager Oliver Rowland a Formula 1 test drive". BBC Sport. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Mitch Evans stays on top in Barcelona GP3 test". Autosport. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- O'Leary, Jamie (9 December 2011). "Scott Malvern to take part in Barcelona Formula 2 test". Autosport. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Richards, Joshua (20 January 2012). "Malvern could miss Formula 2 chance". Ilford Recorder. Archant. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Webster & Malvern Help Boost Formula Renault BARC Grid To 25". Renault Sport. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Paice, Simon (8 April 2012). "Malvern tames the rain to take Snetterton win". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Malvern surges into championship lead at Thruxton". Renault Sport. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Wagner, Malvern & Webster share Donington wins". Renault Sport. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Malvern, Scott (27 July 2012). "Scott Malvern – Postcard from Germany!". Motors TV. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Malvern on course for championship win". Ilford Recorder. Archant. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Scott Malvern wins 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title". Renault Sport. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
|British Formula Ford Championship
|Formula Ford Festival
|Formula Renault BARC