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Walter Hayes Formula Ford Festival Silverstone

2nd / 3rd November 2024 testing from 29th October

2024 BRSCC Formula Ford Festival 2024

18th / 19th October

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News 2022 season of challenges

Great setup and moving forwards

Now being run by Swift Cooper race preparation and days have become more focused on driving for our driver Sam Street. The Swift Cooper 

1992 chasis was repaired post the 2021 Walter Hayes and the first outing for testing saw Sam setting personal best times through the 

2 Race meetings have followed (owing to work commitments Sam was unable to test for the second). 4 races later we’re happy with the 

progress made. 4 races and 4 in class podiums (x2 3rd and x2 2nd). Sadly meeting 3 was missed owing to Sam obtaining COVID.

For the championship we’re clearly racing for 2nd in Class, which will require some good results in the coming meetings.

afternoon session.

News 2022 plans for the rest of the year

More at Castle Combe - Brands Hatch and Silverstone

The limited budget has reduced our comitments for 2022, although dropping one meeting has assisted. Performance has improved on each 

visit to Castle Combe as such confidence about a great class performance for Brands Hatch and Silverstone is high.

News the story so far 


Hard Year for SamS

The season started with a refurbished car being driven at 

Snetterton. With a new Scholar engine and improved 

exhaust system hopes were high for the season ahead. 

Although the engine rebuild was as a result of a crack being 

found as the new exhaust was being fitted. This essential 

repair severly impacted the available race budget for the 

rest of the season so a more limited timetable was opted 

for. Testing at Snetterton went well only marred by a 

misfire appearing as the car finished it’s final practise 

session. The misfire worsened on Saturday and 

qualification was missed. We work tirelessly for 4.5 hours 

through the electronics and with the help of the paddock 

(BM Racing) traced 3 separate electrical faults. Race one 

was a rear of grid start but Sam drove through the field of 

24 to finish an sound 11th. Starting from 11th on Sunday 

was good again managing to finish well and 4th in class. 

The 3rd race was abandoned after the formation lap with a 


reocurrence of the misfire. More updates will be posted 

about Castle Combe and Oulton Park. 

News Ending 2017

November Walter Hayes

What a meeting, practise was going well until an

engine failure resulting in a late night Friday.

Thanks to the people at Scholar a planned upgrade

was brought forwards from 2018, and Sam got to

experience performance in the car as never before.

A solid qualifying against newer cars placed in 11 on

the grid, with no time for setup after the engine change

and compormised by the need to stop for shake down 

checks. The race was steady and much valuable 

experience was gained. Sadly progression didn’t 

occur and there was an incident caused by other

drivers in his final outing leaving some damage repairs 

through the winter. The whole event was well enjoyed 

by a number of supporters who came to visit, their presence 

is always appreciated. Through the winter there will be more

smaller changes, a spare engine to be setup, cooling 

and data logger changes.

News 2018

All set for Silverstone

Starting off where we finished last year returning to 

Silverstone. FF1600 will this year be supporting the 

new TCR UK tin top guys. As such we can expect 

larger crowds. If it wasn’t exciting enough already 

there will be new faces, new teams and new 

challenges. And live TV streaming as covered on the 

new Media Page here at Sams Motorsport.

In preparation the team have already had one test 

visit to Silverstone early in March. It was a 

resounding sucess and we’re confident of competitive 

finishes in class in 2018.

News 2017

First outing of the year for the team. A track Sam 

has worked at in the past but new for the rest of us. 

Another great step forwards as we continue to 

compete with the experienced teams and drivers.

Our challenge to get on the grid, finish the races and 

return with smiles on our faces.

After Brands

Subject to securing more funding the plan is to 

compete in at least 2 more National events through 

2017. Silverstone and Donnigton being the next 


April 2017 Brands Hatch

After onto Donnington and 

Brands Hatch

Sam will be competing again subject to funding in all 

3 of the Triple crown events more if we can find 

additional funding. We rely heavily on external 

contributions and appreciate everything anyone does 

to support us. Especial thanks to the pit team for 

their efforts during events and on going comittment 

to getting that car going every meeting.

July 2016 Castle Combe

session. That said qualifying went well (it was wet 

The team had to make do with one very short practice 

and drying).. Sam achieving his best grid place to 

date. The race was on just after mid-day and Sam 

progressed with no issues completing his second race 

finish of the season.

Castle Combe pre race test day. Only 4 laps in and a 

mixture of an over keen driver and incorrect car 

settings led to the first accident of the season. 

Thankfully the driver emerged OK and the car was 

worked on in order to prepare for the race day which 

was 3 days later. Thanks to Brian Soule for 

supporting the team with a new setup, Sam 

progressed through qualifying and completed his first 

race. Sadly in the second race of the double header 

another driver failed to miss him in an early race 

incident where 4 cars were taken out and failed to 


News from 2016

April 2016 Castle Combe

Test day at Landow. First time in the car, testing went 

really well. Lap times fell consistently through the 

day. 145 laps covered and a good time set. 

Unfortunate incident with a tyre change led to the day 

being cut short.

May 2016

August Bank Holiday CC

Pre race testing was limited to one session as the 

circuit had been pre booked by others. The session 

was cut short through a mechanical failure, whilst 

that was fixed there was no time to complete any 

further testing on the day.

The race day was dry and warm, qualifying was going 

well until a steering arm failure resulted in Sam and 

Car hitting the tyre wall at around 100mph. 

Thankfully he stepped out of the extremely damaged 

car. 3 weeks of rebuild followed and another test 

session to prove it ready for the Walter Hayes Trophy 

in November at Silverstone

Castle Combe Circuit

1st April 

6th May 

15th June 2024 

3rd August 2024

26th August 2024

21st September

5th October

Howards Day

May Day Madness

Summer Spectacular (Also Sunday 16th)

Combe Challenge

Combe Countdown

Autumn Classic (Also Sunday 22nd)

Grand Finals

Latest driver standings in for the Castle Combe Racing club FF1600 championship.

In 2021 owing to work commitments SamSMotorsport teamed up with Swift Cooper the works manufacturer of the SC92 chassis.  The partnership has since grown with class wins and podiums at the Walter Hayes Festival.

Thanks to therefor enabling SamSMotorsport to continue.

One of the key developments through our team’s improving success has been to invest in what’s probably the best powertrain a Formula Ford car can have.

We selected Scholar after another suppliers engine failed at Silverstone.  The replacement was collected from Suffolk (some drive) and fitted overnight.

Since then we have been really pleased with consistent performance and exceptional support from the team which was formed in 1968.

The Scholar team prides itself on building and maintaining ultra competitive “Formula Ford” racing class engines, for us at SamSMotorsport we have the Kent 1600 (used to be used in the 1960’s Escorts, Cortina’s and Capris).

Many of the worlds leading racing drivers have used the services of Scholar during the early part of their careers. In 2002 five Formula One Grand Prix drivers were past customers of Scholar Engines.